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How woke are the secret societies?

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“Everyone talked a really big game. In the first month of my time in the society, there were people like, We got to burn this place down. We need to mobilize the endowment to redistribute the wealth back to New Haven. And then, inevitably, we all just ended up doing exactly what had been done in years previous, which is doing the bios, hanging out with each other, and a few volunteer things. But it wasn’t anything radical.”

—an unnamed member of the senior society Elihu from the Class of 2019, quoted in “A Rebellion in Yale’s Secret Societies,” a January 11 Atlantic article by Rose Horowitch ’23 about how Yale students struggle to reconcile social-justice ideals with the selectivity and privilege of the societies.

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