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Harvard Scuttles Affiliation With BIPOC-Only Music Program After Professor Files Federal Civil Rights Complaint

Harvard University may be the font of all wokeness.

But it still seems to recognize when it might have a legal loser on its hands.

The Ivy League powerhouse has reportedly dropped any connection it had to a special music-industry seminar that excluded white students, according to the conservative website Campus Reform.

That came after Mark Perry, a conservative professor at the University of Michigan-Flint, filed a complaint last month with the U.S. Department of Education.

As The Free Press reported a month ago, Perry claimed in the complaint, “This program discriminates on the basis of skin color by operating exclusively for BIPOC individuals only and illegally excluding and discriminating against non-BIPOC individuals on the basis of skin color.” 

The 10-day seminar hosted y something called the No Label Academy, said on Harvard’s website that the event is “open to BIPOC individuals interested in (the) music business” who are 18 to 25 and living in the U.S.

The online application included “white” as an option for attendees, and also applicants to disclose a photo of themselves.

Perry maintained that Harvard might try to claim that it neither affiliated nor endorsed the program, which is hosted by rapper IDK.

But, Perry added, that assertion wouldn’t fly because Harvard put its name in the title – “No Label Academy at Harvard” – and lent a Harvard faculty member to serve as an adviser.

Campus Reform now says all that is gone.

Harvard, the website reported Tuesday, “appears to be distancing itself” from the music program, as the website for No Label Academy has “scrubbed any mention of the program taking place at Harvard.”

“No Label is not affiliated with Harvard University, nor is No Label Academy a Harvard University program or activity,” the website added, according to Campus Reform. 

Perry told Campus Reform that this incident is indicative of  “a systemic problem in U.S. higher education today — the lack of concern at colleges and universities in regard to uniformly enforcing federal civil rights laws (Titles VI and IX) that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex and skin color.”

“Universities like Harvard and hundreds of other schools routinely violate Title VI and Title IX and do so with impunity because they are rarely held accountable because nobody ever complains — except now for me and some other civil rights advocates,” Perry added.

The changes on the program’s website, he concluded, “seem to indicate that the entire program has possibly been moved off campus at Harvard’s request so that Harvard will not be in violation of Title VI.”

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