‘USA! USA!’ Harvard streakers uphold noisy school tradition over ‘die-in’ downers

Harvard Protests
Streakers meet protesters at Harvard’s Primal Scream, credit The Crimson

Who knew an Ivy League school could produce such idiots?

As Harvard students prepared to streak across campus in a biannual tradition to mark the start of finals, a group of malcontents took over the usually fun event to protest the Michael Brown and Eric Garner grand jury decisions.

The 30 or so protesters, wearing shirts that said, “I (heart) Black People,” and carrying signs that said, “Black Lives Matter,” tried to force the Primal Scream participants to sit in four-and-a-half minutes of silence, according to The Harvard Crimson.

The event was originally intended to be a “die-in” like those staged around the country, according to several Facebook posts, but organization and execution don’t appear to be among these students’ skill sets.

The protest grew so chaotic that one rabble-rouser used a megaphone during the “silent protest” to yell at the streakers, the Harvard Crimson reported.

One school administrator even joined the demonstrators in trying to hush the rowdy crowd by chanting, “Silence, silence.”

Dean of College Rakesh Khurana
Dean of College Rakesh Khurana talks to protesters, credit The Crimson.

The calls for calm were overwhelmed by the streakers’ chants of “USA! USA!” as they broke tradition and ran in the opposite direction to break up the protest.

“For people to say, ‘Black lives matter,’ and for the crowd to shout back, ‘USA,’ which is upholding a system that is oppressing black people, I think that that is problematic,” senior protest organizer Amanda D. Bradley told the Crimson.

Harvard Protests
Dean of College Rakesh Khurana speaking to the crowd, credit The Crimson.

“I think that for many students of color, particularly black students, there’s always a fear of what white retaliation looks like,” senior Sasanka N. Jinadasa added.

It’s hard to take Jinadasa too seriously, though, when her Facebook “likes” include “Don’t Touch My Hair And Phone,” “SlutWalk La” and “Trans United For Obama.”

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