7 News did a piece on Ted Kennedy’s decision to drop out of the Owl Club (it had done a piece on his membership the night before). Watch it here.
What’s fascinating to me is that something that is supposedly so controversial at Harvard, with club members and sympathizers adept at confusing the basic discrimination and ignoring the fundamentals of the issue, is so cut and dry in the broader public spheres. The interaction between Hiller (the local reporter) and Kennedy seems to exemplify this:
Andy Hiller: And they do not allow women in that club?
Sen. Kennedy:That’s what I understand.
Andy Hiller: Why would you be in a club like that?
Sen Kennedy: I shouldn’t be and I’m going to get out of it as fast as I can.
Hiller went on to say at the end of the piece that Kennedy’s defense of his continued dues-paying (that it was a long time ago that he was a member, before Harvard was coed) “ignores the principals of equality and time.” He ends the piece by saying “equality is the foundation of his career, his legacy, and the Owl Club undermines it.”