Offensive fliers handed out on Harvard campus
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WHDH) -- A flier with the headline “A New Finals Club,” and at the bottom of the page reads “Jews need not apply,” is causing a firestorm on the Harvard University campus.
A group is handing out sealed invitations for an exclusive club which were left under students’ doors at several campus dorms.
The Dean of Harvard is calling the fliers offensive.
“Personally, I’m Jewish. I was sort of offended by it,” said Jacob Carol, a student.
The flier also takes aim at race -- using a derogatory term for African Americans, which they invite to join the club.
“That’s, wow, is that even legal? Can’t you get in serious trouble for doing stuff like that?” said Francois Noel.
The fliers were allegedly sent to a group of students along the Charles River late last week. Students think they're meant as a joke, actually poking fun at so-called "Final Clubs," which are male-centric student groups not recognized by the university.
But did it go too far?
“Just looking at that you wouldn’t know it’s a joke. After you find out, you’re still…I’d still be highly upset with it,” said Noel.
“Their goal maybe wasn’t to make fun of Jews or African Americans or any sort of group like that, their goal was to make fun of finals clubs, but I still didn’t feel it was an appropriate way to do that,” said Carol.
It's a mystery who drew up the fliers, but students say it provides a chance for everyone to learn, and grow.
“It actually leaves room for discussion that actually should occur, so that tolerance can be attained,” said Jasmine Fernandez, a student.