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Harvard Revokes Admission of Parkland Survivor Kyle Kashuv

Slate: My Job Is to Help Kids Who Screwed Up. I Think Harvard Made the Right Call on Kyle Kashuv

BBC: Harvard rescinds admission for Parkland student ‘over racist slurs’

FoxNews: Harvard displays its hypocrisy on racism in revoking Kyle Kashuv’s admission

In 2017, after Harvard rescinded the acceptances of 10 students for posting offensive memes to a private Facebook group, some of them became my clients. Which is why I know that Harvard made the right call to rescind Kyle Kashuv’s acceptance. 

In response, Kashuv tweeted images of his correspondence with Harvard, adding his own commentary about how Harvard, of all places, should understand that people and institutions can change and grow. 

“Throughout its history,” Kashuv wrote,”Harvard’s faculty has included slaveowners, segregationists, bigots and antisemites. If Harvard is suggesting thatgrowth isn’t possible and that our past defines our future, then Harvard is an inherently racist institution. But I don’t believe that.” Kashuv is not alone in viewing Harvard’s decision as a judgment against the possibility of redemption. 

If, instead of using the Nword with his classmates in AP U.S. History, Kashuv had mouthed off to the teacher and gotten an F, he would never have gotten into Harvard in the first place, no matter how much he’d learned and changed since then. To have a chance of getting into Harvard as a freshman, you have to show that you used your last four years better than the competition used theirs. 

We now see that Kashuv did not use his time as well as the competition, so he can’t go to Harvard. Harvard is not saying who is or isn’t capable of change. Harvard’s refusal to knowingly subject them to more of the same is just the kind of concrete antiracist action Kashuv needs to think about when considering how his conduct impacts the people around him.

A teenager who survived a gun massacre at his Florida high school has said he lost his spot at Harvard University over past racist remarks. 

“If any institution should understand growth, it’s Harvard, which is looked to as the pinnacle of higher education despite its chequered past,” he wrote, adding: “Throughout its history, Harvard’s faculty has included slave owners, segregationists, bigots and anti-Semites.” “

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.” 

A spokeswoman for Harvard told CNN on Monday that the university does “Not comment publicly on the admissions status of individual applicants”. The Ivy League college revoked offers for 10 prospective students in 2017 over explicit and racist messages shared in a private Facebook group, according to the Harvard Crimson school newspaper.

Kyle Kashuv, the 18-year-old conservative activist and high school shooting survivor, will not attend Harvard next year. The cruel irony is that, while there is no evidence that Kyle Kashuv harbors any actual racial bigotry, there is plenty of evidence that Harvard does. 

Plaintiffs in a major racial discrimination lawsuit against the university introduced evidence last year demonstrating that Harvard systematically disadvantages Asian-American applicants. Fitzsimmons himself admitted that Harvard sends recruitment letters to black, Hispanic, and Native American students with SAT scores around 1100. 

Harvard’s racial bigotry becomes even more pronounced once students apply. The admissions office scores applicants according to five separate categories: “Academic,” “Extracurricular,” “Athletic,” “Personal,” and “Overall.” According to the plaintiffs, Harvard consistently rates Asian American applicants lower than others in the “Personal” category on traits such as “Integrity,” “Courage,” being “Widely respected,” “Kindness,” having a “Positive personality,” and “Likability.” Harvard actively discriminates against applicants on the basis of race today.