Harvard Revokes a Teen’s Acceptance Over Past Racial Remarks

Harvard Revokes a Teen’s Acceptance Over Past Racial Remarks

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Kyle Kashuv is a past Parkland shooting survivor at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a pro-gun activist who landed a meeting with the first lady and was surprised to meet Donald Trump to discuss his pro-gun reform plan, has over 300k followers on twitter as a conservative alternative to the #NeverAgain movement, is 18 only years old, and got accepted into Harvard’s class of 2020. Then, his acceptance was rescinded by the faculty. Leaving him with no college alternative, he told CNN, “I had given up huge scholarships in order to go to Harvard, and the deadline for accepting other college offers has ended. I’m exploring all options at the moment.”

The reason for this stance by Harvard is due to the teen’s alleged racial slurs and remarks made two years ago, when he was 16 years old. In the rescinded letter, the world-famous ivy league stated, “Harvard reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission under various conditions, including ‘if you engage or have engaged in behavior that brings into question your honest, maturity, or moral character.”

After failed attempts at reconciling with the school, publicly apologizing for his “egregious and callous” remarks, calling it “embarrassing,” and claiming he sees the world with different eyes after the shooting, Kashuv claims as soon as he received the letter, he quickly wrote back with “ full explanation, apology and requested documents” and also sent an email to the school’s Office of Diversity Education & Support “to seek guidance on how to right this wrong and work with them once I was on campus.” While he was still denied by the admissions office, the school’s Office of Diversity Education & Support responded that his response was “thoughtful and appreciated,” and looked “forward to connecting with him upon your matriculation in the fall of 2020.”

Kashuv then asked to have a face to face meeting, and he was again denied. The teen then proceeded to take out his frustrations on Twitter. Kashuv stated, “Throughout its history, Harvard’s faculty has included slave owners, segregationists, bigots and anti-Semites,” he added. “If Harvard is suggesting that growth isn’t possible and that our past defines our future, then Harvard is an inherently racist institution. But I don’t believe that.” He also adds, “If any institution should understand growth, it’s Harvard, which is looked to as the pinnacle of higher education despite its checkered past.”

Harvard’s denial to Kashuv has much criticism, but many believe that certain actions are not acceptable, especially ones that are classified as character building. Though apologetic, racism is a responsibility for all schools, and it seems it should not be taken lightly. Harvard seems to think that his actions are irredeemable, and CNN reports that a Harvard spokeswoman would “not comment publicly on the admissions status of individual applicants.”


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