Nov 23, 2019

Protesters delay Harvard-Yale football game with sit-in, "OK boomer" chants

Photo: Arnold Gold/New Haven Register via AP

Protesters stormed the field at a rivalry football game on Saturday between Harvard and Yale Universities, chanting phrases like "OK boomer," and demanding that both schools divest from fossil fuel companies, the Washington Post reports.

The state of play: Players from the two teams took part in the game-day demonstration by wearing orange wristbands, the Post notes. Most of the protesters left after 1.5 hours, per the AP, but those who remained on the field were arrested.

What they're saying: Harvard spokesperson Rachel Dane said the university “respectfully disagree[s] with divestment activists,” on how to confront climate change, according to The Harvard Crimson. In another statement, the university condemned the protest.

"We are grateful to the staff members and police officers who ensured the peaceful departure of students from the field [...]The exercise of free expression on campus is subject to general conditions, and we do not allow disruption of university events."
— Yale spokesperson Karen Pert, per The Harvard Crimson

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The big picture: Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.

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Washington State Police use tear gas to disperse a crowd in Seattle during a demonstration protesting the death of George Floyd. Photo: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images

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