A conservative group at Yale University known for its long tradition of never apologizing for anything that is under fire from former members.
A well-known conservative group at Yale University known for its long tradition of never apologizing for anything is under fire from its own alumni to do just that.
The y of the Right, the Ivy League university is the oldest of the debate group fanned the flames of controversy last month when a whip sheet, invite students to discuss the topic “Resolved: the Reform of the Barbarians.”
“What remains of the Civilization, will discuss the topic,” the whip-leaf reading. “The y will colonize in the Body of Savages known as the Yale Political Union and the debate the Topic” Resolved: to Deny Amnesty for the undocumented.'”
The debate was held on Sept. 28.
According to the Yale Daily News, a picture of the whip leaf was posted online and was quickly condemned as racist by other groups of students.
The Association of Native Americans at Yale, in a statement on its Facebook page, condemned “the dehumanisation of the Indigenous population” in the debate.
“The y of the Right to use racist images and language to portray indigenous peoples as the others, as enemies, as inhuman,” the statement said. “While the members of the y of the Right to find genocide amusing, people of color continue to suffer under the systematic oppression and historical trauma resulting from colonization.”
Soon after, POR broke with the tradition and apologized.
“I would like to make an apology to the members of the Yale native community, which were hit by the contents of the whip blade, which I fully the responsibility for having approved,” POR Chairman Quinn Shephard said in a letter posted online, according to the Yale Daily News. “Many members of my y, in the wake of the sheet of the completion, objected to the whip leaf itself, and I regret having allowed the whip sheet to be sent out.”
The move — the excuse, not the issue of the whip sheet — upset some of the group’s alumni, notable historical members of that National Review founder William F Buckley and Federalist Society co-founder Peter Keisler.
In a series of messages in a private y the Right Facebook group, ex-members hit the “terrible” apology, which some argued are seeing a shift in the party’s basic culture, politics and values.
“The only good injun, under command, is a dead injun, under command,” one alum wrote in a message, according to the Yale Daily News.
A former member of the y of the Right, Karl Notturno – which, at the Yale Daily News, he left the group, because it was already concerned with political correctness – a critique on the apology.
“They really have no excuse because they are angry about what they did. They apologize because they don’t want the heat, not more. It seems to me a bit intellectually dishonest,” he said. “I’m disappointed in Quinn Shepherd for standing down. If you were to ask me if another [birth of the y of the Right] would apologize, I would say…they would not apologize.”
Requests for comment from the Shepherd, or the y of the Right hand were not immediately returned.
Shepherd dismissed the comments of the group of alumni, however, telling the Yale Daily News, “it is not my role to police them.”
“The fundamental principle of the y of the Right is that the leadership has no authority to censor the opinions of the members, including the alumni,” she said.
On Facebook, Elizah Stein, a current party member and former chairman, defended the apology, saying it was a calculated maneuver to relieve the pressure on the party.
“‘That terrible excuse’ has already changed the story, reassured those of our applicants who may choose to continue to beg, and brought us the absolution of the most moderates,” she wrote, according to the Yale newspaper. “We do what is necessary to survive.”
Fox News’ Caleb Parke contributed to this report.