Cornel West Resigns from Harvard’s School of Divinity, Saying University is in a State of ‘Spiritual Rot’ and ‘Decay and Decline’

Harvard Professor Cornel West speaks during ceremonies on campus where W.E.B. Dubois Medals were awarded for contributions to black history and culture, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Cambridge, Mass. ( AP Photo )

Famed civil rights activist Cornel West announced he is leaving his post at Harvard University’s Divinity School in a scathing resignation letter — accusing the institution of “spiritual rot” and describing it as in a state of “decay and decline.”

In a letter shared to Twitter on Monday night, the professor of African American studies said he had taken an untenured position four years ago with the hope that he could “still end his career with some semblance of intellectual intensity and personal respect.”

“How wrong I was! With a few glorious and glaring exceptions, the shadow of Jim Crow was cast in its new glittering form expressed in the language of superficial diversity,” wrote West, 68.

West — who had previously been a tenured Harvard professor before he quit in 2002 — said it had become disheartening to see the institution in a state of “decline and decay.”

“The disarray of a scattered curriculum, the disenchantment of talented yet deferential faculty, and the disorientation of precious students loom large,” he wrote.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Jackie Salo