Bill Ackman and the Crusade Against Free Speech

January 08, 2024 1 min read

Jasmine N. Wynn
The Crimson

Excerpt: Over the past few months, Harvard has routinely made national headlines, often alongside one name: Bill A. Ackman ’88. The billionaire has captured the public imagination since Oct. 10, when he fired off the beginning of an inflammatory series of X posts criticizing Harvard’s handling of antisemitism.

Ackman’s posts, made undoubtedly in bad faith, fueled already virulent retaliation faced by pro-Palestinian student activists. These students, who faced doxxing and harassment, were largely Black and brown. Ackman has repeatedly abused his influence to intimidate those with significantly less power.

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