Harvard Law Professor Randall Kennedy On Black Tape, Student Dissidents08:42

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In November, the portraits of African-American Harvard Law School professors were defaced with black strips of tape. Harvard Police are treating it as a potential hate crime.

But Randall Kennedy sees it differently, even though his portrait is among those defaced. In a recent New York Times Op-Ed, Kennedy cautions against overreaction and calls instead for a "calibrated" response.

This conversation originally aired on Dec. 2, 2015.


Randall Kennedy, author and professor at Harvard Law School.


The New York Times: Black Tape At Harvard Law

  • "Last Thursday, on my way to teach contracts, I received an email from a student who alerted me to the defacement. I saw the taped photos, including my own, right before class."

This segment aired on April 7, 2016.