Category: Commentary

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Not a Response Piece

By Shewit Zerai '18 I really don't want this to be a response piece because I'm tired of being reactionary. I'm tried of having my thoughts and feelings framed in response to the fucked-up shit I read and see happening every day. In an academic and social environment where I feel like I'm constantly "on" and needing to be critical and deconstruct everything, I really just ...
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Not All Opinions Are Created Equal

By Jaimon Olmsted '17 I write in response to David Canada’s piece The Supreme Court, Honor Code, and the Muppets: Reform for Free Speech and Expression, recently published in The Clerk. To me, this was a genre piece, in some respects the type of article that many young, opinionated conservatives at liberal arts schools feel the need to write before graduation. I don’t ...
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A Word to the Community

In my high school, over 90% of the student body was white. I was the only black student in all of my classes until my junior year. Confronted with the cruel reality of how invisible I am to the American conscience, the one black teacher who looked like me warned me my freshman year, “There are some white kids here that have never been in the same room as a black kid.” ...
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Protecting Free Speech and Press: A Critique of “Defending Our Community Values: A Letter to the Editors”

Kevin, I would like to respectfully address the ideas you posited in your article, many of which are indicative of the exact problems regarding discourse and speech here at Haverford. I feel this response is necessary because your views do represent a portion of the school that disagrees with me and I feel the best way to respond to such critique is through direct and open ...
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Defending Our Community Values: A Letter to the Editors

To the Editors of the Clerk, I read, with great dismay the article written by David Canada ‘20 titled The Supreme Court, Honor Code, and The Muppets: Reform for Free Speech and Expression. I would like to offer several responses to Canada’s argument. While the logical incoherencies in this article are many and the factual inaccuracies abundant, I have chosen a few to ...
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The Supreme Court, Honor Code, and The Muppets: Reform for Free Speech and Expression

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of The Clerk as an institution. Here at Haverford, our student-drafted and ratified Honor Code seeks to establish guidelines for our academic and social behavior, ideally culminating in a campus devoid of academic dishonesty and social iniquity. While the former aim rests on the objective truth that cheating is immoral, t ...
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Reactions to the Incredibly Insensitive Immigration Panel

Students from all three Tri-Co schools and other members of the community filled up Stokes Auditorium last Monday for an immigration panel, many of them hoping to receive useful information about Trump’s recent executive orders regarding immigration. The auditorium was packed, students were ready to take notes, and personally, I was empowered that so many people had show ...
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Respecting All Activism

The Women’s Marches on Washington and on Philadelphia were empowering, peaceful acts of resistance for many, including myself and hundreds of Haverford students who participated. They drew masses of people from across the nation and from many different backgrounds who marched united against Donald Trump’s presidency. The day after the march, I was scrolling through my ...
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Popping the HaverBubble

Opinion Editor Andrew Eaddy breaks down the misconception of the HaverBubble in the context of activism. In the wake of the election, students on campus have responded in a bevy of ways. Some have turned to pen and paper in an effort to share their thoughts in written form. Others have been more vocal, speaking out at events on their discontent with the state of affairs in ...
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What Do We Mean When We Say Fascist?

Jhoneidy Javier '19 shares his thoughts on protest rhetoric, and particularly, asks readers to interrogate the meaning of words such as 'fascism' in activism. Over Winter Break, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with my Grandma María. Being away at school makes talking really difficult, so I was really happy to see her after so long. We started talking about the ...