Late last year, the Rhodes Trust capped off a cartoonish 2020 by naming the most preposterous set of Rhodes Scholars in American history. Twenty-one out of thirty-two scholars that year were “of color,” ten were black, one was an illegal immigrant, one was “non-binary,” and virtually all of them were distinguished by a fanatical commitment to left-wing ideological fads of the moment. It was a worthy end to 2020. In a year symbolized by “racial reckoning” and the visible decay of every American institution, one of the most thoroughly-gutted and skin-suited once-great relics of the old America delivered a worshipful tribute to open borders, reparations, and diversity über alles.
“I think last year’s class may actually have embarrassed them a little bit,” a former Rhodes Scholar told Revolver.
Embarrassed or not, this year’s class is once again a murderer’s row of “elite” college graduates whose chief interests are almost wholly aligned with the chosen values of the moment in the Globalist American Empire. And improbably enough, 2021’s Rhodes Scholars may be an even bigger indictment of the supposed elite that appoints them.
This year’s class is less in-your-face and less fanatically focused on Diversity, but thanks to that, they are more authentically diverse, and show the wide scope of America’s political obsessions. This year’s class is still amply racialized and LGBT, but it’s also more than two-thirds women (a record). And in a fitting marker of how real freedom of thought is vanishing from American public life, the Rhodes press release proudly trumpets the work one Scholar has done to suffocate speech even more.
Trisha N. Prabhu, Naperville, is a senior at Harvard College, where she majors in Government. Trisha is the founder and CEO of ReThink, Inc., an app that proactively detects offensive digital content and gives users a chance to reconsider posting it.
At Oxford, she plans to pursue an MSc in Social Science of the Internet and a Masters of Public Policy.
In 1902, Cecil Rhodes instructed his executors to find men who exhibited the “qualities of manhood: Truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for the protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness, and fellowship.” One hundred nineteen years later, his will honors schoolmarms creating apps that tell people what they can post on the Internet.
Rhodes’ will also asked that scholarship recipients be chosen based on “moral force of character and of instincts to lead.” For the Rhodes Trust of 2021, though, “leadership” is displayed solely through rigid adherence to the most up-to-date pages of the progressive catechism.