Pre-Med Student Quits Harvard, Says She Couldn’t Discuss Breonna Taylor’s Case Before an Exam

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A view of the statue of John Harvard on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Image: Fan Lin/Xinhua/Getty

A Harvard pre-med student recently left the school in what she described as a “great act of resistance” because her professor wouldn’t allow a discussion about Breonna Taylor’s case before an exam, Yahoo reports.

Kyla Golding, who was also an editorial editor at the Harvard Crimson, said that she left the university due to the “silence and avoidance between [herself] and [her] educators when it comes to Black women’s lives,” she wrote in an op-ed on Friday.

“I took an inorganic chemistry exam the same day that a grand jury failed to charge two police officers with the murder of Breonna Taylor,” wrote Golding. “That day, my body inhaled molecules of white supremacy as they seeped out of my computer from that proctored Zoom room. They entered my bloodstream and catalyzed a metabolism that would allow for the invasion of my body by a violently infectious life form.”

In the aftermath of the incident, Golding said that she suffered from chronic pain, caused by the perpetuation of lethally unjust practices that was compounded by the silence and avoidance between herself and her educators when it came to Black women’s lives.

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She added that leaving Harvard was a life-and-death decision after enduring white supremacy.

“I have chosen a path to justice and healing that is rooted in self-love and preservation,” she said.


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