Billionaire Ken Griffin called Harvard to rebuke during war protest

Billionaire investor Kenneth Griffin on Saturday called on his alma mater, Harvard University, to embrace “Western values,” saying the turmoil on college campuses was the product of a “cultural revolution” in American education.

Griffin, founder of US hedge fund Citadel, told the Financial Times in an interview that America has “lost education as a means of discovering truth and gaining knowledge” over the past decade.

Griffin said, “Harvard must be front and center (that) it stands for meritocracy in America…” He added that schools should “embrace the Western values ​​that created one of the greatest nations in the world.” Have done.”

Griffin, who has donated more than half a billion dollars to Harvard University, said in January that he had halted donations to the school over its handling of anti-Semitism on campus.

“What you are seeing now is the end product of this cultural revolution in American education that is going on on American campuses, particularly using the paradigm of the oppressor and the oppressed,” Griffin told the FT.

Ken Griffin, Founder and CEO, Citadel speaks at the Milken Conference 2024 global conference session at the Beverly Hilton on May 6, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California, US. (Credit: Reuters/David Swanson)

'Protest is like performance art'

“Protests on college campuses are almost like performance art,” he said.

“Freedom of speech does not give you the right to attack or vandalize a building,” he said. “This is not freedom of speech. This is just anarchy.”

Griffin's comments come amid the arrest of dozens of pro-Palestinian activists at universities across the US in the latest crackdown on demonstrations on US campuses.

The protesting students are demanding a ceasefire over Israel's incursion into Gaza and are demanding the divestment of their schools from Israeli-linked companies.

Since the first mass arrest at Columbia University on April 18, at least 2,600 protesters have been detained at more than 100 protests in 39 states and Washington, D.C., according to The Appeal, a nonprofit news organization.

Griffin, who started the business in his Harvard dorm, spoke about America's elite universities at the Managed Funds Association conference in Miami in January and blamed “the DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) agenda” for education at universities. Criticized.

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