The Evolution of Yale’s Secret Society: Skull and Bones
Yale University, a prestigious institution with a rich history dating back to 1701, has been a breeding ground for some of the world’s most powerful and influential individuals. Notable alumni include award-winning actress Meryl Streep, investigative journalist Bob Woodward, and actor Edward Norton. However, there’s an undercurrent to Yale’s history that’s shrouded in mystery and controversy – the existence of secret societies, most notably the Skull and Bones.
The Rebellion within the Skull and Bones Society
Skull and Bones, a secret society at Yale University, is known for its exclusivity and the power wielded by its alumni. However, in recent years, the society has found itself in the midst of an internal rebellion, a reflection of the evolving societal values and the push for inclusivity and diversity. In 2019, members rebelled by taking down portraits in their meeting place and confronting former member George W. Bush about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Skull and Bones society, like other Yale secret societies, has faced its fair share of criticism over its long history of elitism and discrimination. There have been calls for these societies to change their names due to their ties to slavery and colonialism. The exclusive traditions of the society, which in the past included keeping people of color out, have been a major point of contention. This association with powerful and privileged individuals and practices of exclusion have led to discomfort among its members, particularly those from historically marginalized groups.
The Push for Inclusivity and Diversity
Despite the controversies, these societies have made some efforts to diversify in recent decades. However, the members are divided on the path forward, with some advocating for diversity and social justice from within, while others call for their abolition. This presents a complex and nuanced view of the evolving nature of elite institutions and the challenges of implementing change from within.
The Skull and Bones Society in Popular Discourse
The Skull and Bones society has also made its way into mainstream discourse, often associated with conspiracy theories. For instance, Allen Hostetter, an alleged member of the ‘Three Percenters,’ claimed in a federal court that the Yale secret society ‘Skull and Bones’ ordered him to raid the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. He stated that the group worked with the government and secret Christian denominations to entice him to join the raid, resulting in a false flag operation. This theory was also propagated by Tucker Carlson in his Patriot Purge documentary on Fox News.
The Future of Elite Institutions
The ongoing debate within the Skull and Bones society and similar elite institutions reflects the broader societal conversation about diversity, inclusivity, and the legacy of past injustices. As societal values evolve, these institutions are being forced to confront their past and chart a more inclusive future. The outcome of this internal rebellion within Skull and Bones may well shape the future of other elite institutions and serve as a barometer for societal progress.