Black conservative professor who Harvard president allegedly plagiarized goes OFF on racial double standards

As Harvard’s governing body announced it is standing in strong support of its president, a prominent black professor ripped the university over its double standards.

Dr. Carol Swain achieved her great successes as a tenured professor and an award-winning political scientist the old-fashioned way – through hard work. So it’s not surprising that she would be angry at how Harvard has handled the controversy surrounding Claudine Gay, the embattled university president who evidently has job security.

Swain blasted the “white progressives” who “created” Gay and are “protecting” her, she wrote in a post on X Tuesday.

Following days of silence amid calls for Gay’s resignation, members of a key oversight board of Harvard University announced Tuesday that they “affirm” and “support” the president in her role and will not seek to remove her despite the heated backlash over her refusal to condemn antisemitism as harassment on campus.

“Calls for genocide are despicable and contrary to fundamental human values. President Gay has apologized for how she handled her congressional testimony and has committed to redoubling the University’s fight against antisemitism,” the university’s governing body said in a letter to the school community.

Included in the letter were comments about accusations made against Gay regarding plagiarism in her scholarly work. Journalists Christopher Rufo and Chris Brunet posted examples on X of works by Gay that seemed to be identical to works by other authors, including Swain.

Gay strongly denied the claims and Harvard backed her up after a review of her work.

“On December 9, the Fellows reviewed the results, which revealed a few instances of inadequate citation,” they wrote, adding they “found no violation of Harvard’s standards for research misconduct,” and that Gay “is proactively requesting four corrections in two articles.”

“In this tumultuous and difficult time, we unanimously stand in support of President Gay,” the Fellows noted in concluding the letter.

This was going too far for many conservatives, including Swain who responded with a scathing social media post on Tuesday.

“I rarely get angry, but I am angry… right now about the racial double standards that are TEMPORARILY giving #ClaudineGay an opportunity to resign,” she wrote.

“White progressives created her and white progressives are protecting her. The rest of us have had to work our rear ends off to achieve success. Some get it handed to them,” Swain added.

Reports about Gay’s alleged plagiarism referred to “portions of four academic works over 24 years, including her 1997 Ph.D. dissertation at Harvard,” according to The Harvard Crimson.

The Crimson independently reviewed the writings and found some with “minor” issues, others “are more substantial, including some paragraphs and sentences nearly identical to other work and lacking citations.”

“Some appear to violate Harvard’s current policies around plagiarism and academic integrity,” the student newspaper reported.

Gay denied any plagiarism in her work, telling The Boston Globe on Monday, “I stand by the integrity of my scholarship. Throughout my career, I have worked to ensure my scholarship adheres to the highest academic standards.”

Rufo spoke with Swain, a former professor at Princeton and Vanderbilt.

“When I look at her work, I feel like her whole research agenda, her whole career, was based on my work. It bothers me because I know that my work was a big deal in the early 1990s. And I started falling out of favor in 1995 when I started criticizing race-based affirmative action,” Swain said.

“She became president of Harvard and got recognition as being its first black president. I don’t believe her record warranted tenure, and I believe that I had to meet a much higher standard than she did,” Swain said of Gay.

“It’s clear to me that standards were lowered in the mid-1990s, and the elites came together and decided that they were going to defend affirmative action,” she added. “It’s clear to me that she was a beneficiary of that. I blame her committee, and I blame white progressives equally.”

Swain contended that “White progressives have always rewarded the blacks who supported their ideas. Someone more mainstream, like me, could never be rewarded in the same way.”

Asked what she thinks would have happened if Harvard’s president was a white person, Swain bluntly replied, “A white male would probably already be gone.”

Frieda Powers

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