Bad news, Pokemon fans, trainers, gym leaders and masters – Harvard is not the place for you.
As reported earlier this month, Harvard has decided that the word 'master' is offensive because of its history with slavery. According to the NY Times, Harvard plans to change the title of its heads of residential housing from 'house master' the traditional term, to a new term that will better reflect 'the 21st-century needs of residential student life'.
How long until the Masters and Mistresses at Harvard's administration approved 'BDSM club' are forced to go by different names too?
But that's not the point. The point is, Pokemon Masters should not feel welcome at Harvard. If the word 'Master' can be removed because of an old association with slavery, how long until it can be applied to the likes of terrorist organizations such as Team Rocket?
In fact, the 'Master' ball was created by Silph Co, but then Team Rocket hijacked the company. Thus, surely there are some students who will find this event 'triggering'.
Some would say that in order to become a Pokemon Master, catching every Pokemon is necessary. This would mean the Pokemon Jynx would need to be captured. And Jynx has been accused of being racist and influenced by black face. Therefore, racism is once again going to be associated with aspiring Pokemon Masters.
A complete collection would have made you privileged anyway or white enough to have owned a Game Shark.
It's safe to say that in time, the word Master will be phased out completely. Pokemon fans would be smart to avoid Harvard completely or face the wrath of triggered students who want out of the tall grass and back into their safe space.