Editor’s note: Henry Harpending was a professor of anthropology from 1997 until his death in 2016.
Statements attributed to Henry Harpending that promote ideas in line with white nationalist ideology stand in direct opposition to the University of Utah’s values of equity, diversity and inclusion. The university has a strong non-discrimination policy designed to protect members of its community from discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, etc. That said, speech—even when it is racist—is protected by the U.S. Constitution and is necessary for the free exchange of ideas. As such, we will meet these words with ours: Racist views and rhetoric that position one race as superior to another are inaccurate and harmful. The University of Utah is bolstered by its diversity, which allows individuals from different backgrounds and perspectives to come together to address
challenges in new and creative ways.