West resigns from Harvard again

Source: USA Today

“Cornel West, an activist and professor, is parting ways with Harvard University once again. In a resignation letter shared on social media, West cited ‘superficial diversity’ and ‘political prejudices’ as reasons for leaving the Ivy League school. On Monday night, West published his one-page letter, claiming that after 15 years teaching at Harvard, his tenure application was rejected. … ‘We all knew the mendacious reasons given had nothing to do with academic standards. When my committee recommended a tenure review — also rejected by the Harvard administration — I knew my academic achievements and student teaching meant far less than their political prejudices,’ West wrote. … In 1993 he was offered tenure, but then left the university in 2002 after a public spat with then-president Lawrence Summers. … In spring 2016, West returned to Harvard as a professor in philosophy, and in 2019, he also returned to teaching African and African American studies.” (07/13/21)