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Harvard study linked chief apologises after asking a mother with a biracial toddler if they live in ‘affordable housing’

Theresa Lund, executive director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, said that they were “very sorry” and her comments were “inappropriate and incorrect.” She added that “there was no reason for me to ask what type of unit they live in.”

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A Harvard University-affiliated research center employee called “Sidewalk Sussie” apologised on Monday after being caught on camera to ask a neighbor and the woman’s biracial daughter to get away from her house because they make noise and asked whether they lived in an “affordable housing.”

Theresa Lund, executive director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, told the Boston Globe that they are “very sorry” and her comments were “inappropriate and incorrect.” She added that “there was no reason for me to ask what type of unit they live in.”

The conflict occurred in Cambridge on Saturday, after Lund came out of her apartment to berate Alyson Laliberte and her biracial toddler for allegedly making noise by walking on the sidewalk outside the building.

“I’m here because you prevent my children from sleeping. You want me to do that to your children?” Lund told Laliberte, according to the video posted on her Facebook.

Laliberte fired back: “Who’s even watching your children at this time. Are you? Because you’re not, you’re here with me and my child.”

The research center employee then the question is whether or not Laliberte is bad. “Are you one of the affordable units? Or are you one of the Harvard units?” Lund asked.

On the social media, the mother struck, and the defendant Lund, who is white, of racism. “It was completely discriminatory and racist from her… or maybe it was because my daughter is biracial who knows,” Laliberte wrote.

“I have no idea who this woman is and the fact that she thinks she’s some kind of authority over me is crazy!” she added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.

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