Columbia’s marching band dissolves after 116 years, citing founding based on ‘racism, cultural oppression, misogyny, and sexual harassment’
Columbia University’s marching band announced it is “unanimously and enthusiastically” disbanding because it was “founded on the basis of racism” and faced allegations of sexual harassment due to its culture.
“The marching band (!!) at @Columbia was apparently ‘founded on the basis of racism, cultural oppression, misogyny, and sexual harassment,’” former New York Times editor Bari Weiss tweeted Tuesday. “This left the band no choice but to disband ‘unanimously and enthusiastically.’”
The band, which has been a fixture at the university for 116 years, issued a statement to the university newspaper, responding to a “tradition” of misconduct and apologized for a “club structure” founded on the basis of “racism, cultural oppression, misogyny, and sexual harassment.”
“The Columbia University Marching Band apologizes for insult and injury victims have experienced as a result of actions perpetrated in its name,” the statement read. “The Band has maintained a club structure founded on the basis of racism, cultural oppression, misogyny, and sexual harassment.”
The statement continued: “We also hope that the CUMB’s disbandment can create a space that allows for the formation of a new spirit group that will provide a safe and inclusive outlet for students to play music at Columbia.”