More than 1,000 “students, graduates, faculty, and family members” connected to the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton School have signed a letter to presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump titled “You Do Not Represent Us.”
“[W]e have been deeply disappointed in your candidacy,” the complaint reads.
“We, proud students, alumni, and faculty of Wharton, are outraged that an affiliation with our school is being used to legitimize prejudice and intolerance. Although we do not aim to make any political endorsements with this letter, we do express our unequivocal stance against the xenophobia, sexism, racism, and other forms of bigotry that you have actively and implicitly endorsed in your campaign.”
The letter points out that it is not officially affiliated with Wharton and only “reflects the personal views of its signatories.”
The Wharton community is a diverse community. We are immigrants and children of immigrants, people of color, Muslims, Jews, women, people living with or caring for those with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community. In other words, we represent the groups that you have repeatedly denigrated, as well as their steadfast friends, family, and allies.
We recognize that we are fortunate to be educated at Wharton, and we are committed to using our opportunity to make America and the world a better place — for everyone. We are dedicated to promoting inclusion not only because diversity and tolerance have been repeatedly proven to be valuable assets to any organization’s performance, but also because we believe in mutual respect and human dignity as deeply held values. Your insistence on exclusion and scapegoating would be bad for business and bad for the American economy. An intolerant America is a less productive, less innovative, and less competitive America.
We, the undersigned Wharton students, alumni, and faculty, unequivocally reject the use of your education at Wharton as a platform for promoting prejudice and intolerance. Your discriminatory statements are incompatible with the values that we are taught and we teach at Wharton, and we express our unwavering commitment to an open and inclusive American society.
Philly.com notes that Penn “has declined to provide information about Trump’s time there,” and that the candidate has not shown any of his transcripts “or other records.”
Well, to be fair, our current president hasn’t provided those either.
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