The Daily Pennsylvanian’s annual gag issue has a long history, of which another chapter has been written today.
The Daily Pennsylvanian: We have a very special guest interview today. Could you please state your name for the readers?
Hermann the Mum Star Rabbit: My name is HERMANN THE MUM STAR RABBIT!
DP: Thank you Hermann.
We are free to believe what we want, the reasoning goes, and since religion is a personal matter, it is not to be an object of criticism. This is true, but only partially.
One of the ideas most integral to America’s conception of itself is the idea of meritocracy. It’s a seductive one, aligning well with what we’d like to believe about our nation and ourselves.
We’ve all heard the urges to get into Center City more, to escape Penn’s boundaries and take advantage of the tourist destination at our fingertips. I love Philadelphia and have made some of my fondest memories this year exploring downtown, but I’m so attached to the environment we create on campus.
The report makes clear that the mostly-white city government systematically and intentionally used the police and courts to extract money from the mostly-black population. It was not simply that the government’s composition did not reflect that of the electorate, the government was acting directly against the majority’s interests.