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OpinionHarvard's rejection of Parkland student made sense

17:56  18 june  2019
17:56  18 june  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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MIAMI — A recent graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland , Fla., who became a gun rights activist in the wake of the deadly shooting that killed 17 people last year, said on Monday that Harvard College rescinded its admission offer over racist and offensive remarks he made as a

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It's tough out there for a conservative teenage social media personality these days – you can't toss around racial slurs like you used to and still be welcomed into Harvard with open arms. Can you imagine a worse injustice?

That is, in all seriousness, the argument of Kyle Kashuv, an 18-year-old who became a gun rights activist in response to his classmates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, who themselves became activists against gun violence in the wake of their peers being massacred by a school shooter. Kashuv got into Harvard, and then apparently had his acceptance rescinded after evidence of him making a series of racial slurs appeared online. The slurs were made via text message, Skype, and in a shared Google Doc for a class study guide two years ago.

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Harvard rescinds admission to Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv over past comments A survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting said Monday that Harvard University has rescinded his acceptance after recently surfaced screenshots showed him using racial slurs a few months before the 2018 massacre in Parkland, Fla. Kyle Kashuv, 18, who was admitted to Harvard earlier this year, wrote on Twitter that he had been made aware of "egregious and callous comments" he made when he was 16 years old. 1/ THREAD: Harvard rescinded my acceptance.

Seventeen students and faculty were killed in Parkland , Florida in 2018. " Harvard deciding that someone can't grow, especially after a life-altering In May the high school senior apologised for the comments, which were made in text and Skype messages as well as in a shared Google document

Harvard University has rescinded its offer of admission to Parkland student Kyle Kashuv in response to a series of leaked online conversations in which Three months after being admitted to Harvard Class of 2023, Harvard has decided to rescind my admission over texts and comments made nearly

First, let's talk about what we're talking about: The milquetoast "racial slurs" doesn't quite cut it. According to a screenshot from the Google Doc, which the HuffPost obtained access to, Kashuv repeated the n-word in all caps 11 times.

And in a text, obtained by the Huff Post, Kashuv, speaking about a girl appears to be complaining that she "goes for n***erjocks." In that same text, he wrote "pasty jew < n****r." The HuffPost reported that the messages were sent in late 2017 or early 2018.

Colleges are institutions of higher learning, and they are also communities where students live and learn on campus. Having a student who has a history of throwing around racial slurs for fun on campus is a huge liability, and is not in the university's mission.

Harvard rescinds admission to Parkland survivor over racist comments

Harvard rescinds admission to Parkland survivor over racist comments Kashuv announced Monday that Harvard rescinded his admission due to racist comments that he made nearly two years ago. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Kyle Kashuv took to Twitter Monday morning and announced the news in a series of tweets, in which he also referenced Harvard’s own “checkered past,” and stated that “Harvard’s faculty has included slave owners, segregationists, bigots and antisemites.

Harvard has rescinded admission to Parkland shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv over racist comments Parkland shooting survivor and pro-gun rights activist Kyle Kashuv said that Harvard University "We did so out of a misplaced sense of humor: We treated the words themselves as though they bore little

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Harvard isn't racist reform school. It's one of the most elite universities on the planet. Admission is a privilege, not a right.

Kashuv does not see it that way. "Harvard deciding that someone can't grow, especially after a life-altering event like the shooting, is deeply concerning. If any institution should understand growth, it's Harvard, which is looked to as the pinnacle of higher education despite its checkered past," he said on Twitter.

Harvard didn't decide that someone can't grow. Kashuv is welcome to grow as much as he wants – and I certainly hope that he does. But Harvard does have standards around character and personal morality, as it should.

More importantly, though, is how apparent it is that Kashuv hasn't grown from this experience. When you're 18, two years ago is a long time, and no doubt Kashuv is indeed a different person now than he was at 16 .

But the thing about truly profound shifts in worldview – like the shift that would be required to change from an unapologetic racist who found it amusing "to be as extreme and shocking as possible" – is that they come with humility. They come with the understanding that actions have consequences, and that reckonings come. They come with wisdom borne out of sincere regret.

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Racist Comments Cost Conservative Parkland Student a Place at Harvard Of the many student activists who emerged from the tragic shooting last year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Kyle Kashuv stood out as a conservative defender of the Second Amendment, surrounded by classmates who were mobilizing for sweeping new controls on guns. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

A student who became a well-known activist after the mass shooting at his Florida high school says Harvard University rescinded its offer of admission because of comments he made when he was 16. Kyle Kashuv, who survived the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland , Fla

Kyle Kashuv tweeted the rejection letter from Harvard , which stated the university "takes seriously A newly minted graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland , Florida, said Monday that Harvard University had rescinded its admission offer over racist and offensive remarks he made

Kashuv says he regrets his words. But has he truly learned from them if he's not willing to bear their consequences? His Twitter thread is defensive and self-justifying – Harvard is racist too is his primary argument. And Harvard does indeed have an ugly racist past. It continues to operate in a vastly unequal and racist society. The institution continues to swim in these waters; there are ongoing, robust debates about what accountability looks like, what amends might be, what reparations should be. Harvard is very, very far from perfect.

But the process of accountability, forced by the many Harvard students and alumni who want the place to be better, is ongoing. Based on his Twitter statement, Kashuv does not appear to be doing any of that work on himself. He seems to genuinely regret that he got caught being racist. But he does not seem to believe that the hideous racism he exhibited should have any bearing on his life right now. Has he thought about the number of black students who could have been at Harvard but who saw their sense of self-worth systematically knocked down by the racism of white classmates like Kashuv?

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At Harvard , the students did not shy away from describing the horrific events of Feb. 14 in unsparing detail. The speakers included current and former Parkland students Matthew Deitsch, Ryan Deitsch, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, Alex Wind, and Emma González, the

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Or the black students who were underestimated, perhaps put in the "slow learners" group or not given access to the advanced placement or gifted programs, because teachers who were unconsciously racist tracked them based on their skin color?

Or the black students who never had a chance to go a school as tony and desirable as Marjory Stoneman Douglas in the first place, because centuries of American racism have made the dream of Harvard much more accessible to the white and well-off?

All of that, of course, is not Kashuv's individual burden to carry. But he is part of a system where, for him, racism has been funny and shocking, not life-altering, kneecapping, and potentially deadly.

In Kashuv's view, he is the victim here – not of his own typing fingers, or of his awful thoughts, or of his abhorrent decisions, but of Harvard deciding that someone who makes the choices he has made is not currently deserving of the privilege of admission.

Kashuv's life has not been ruined. He has a huge platform. He will certainly find admission elsewhere. And he has an opportunity here to take responsibility and to use this as a moment of growth and serious reflection. He can choose to be accountable for his words, his actions, and how those fit into a much bigger system of systematic racism.

He has not been branded "irredeemable," as he says Harvard branded him. All he needs to do is redeem himself.


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Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg said he has been the target of seven "assassination attempts" in the last year.The vocal supporter of gun-control legislation detailed his experiences throughout the last 18 months as he went from regular high school student to one of the faces of the school safety movement in an interview with the Washington Post published Tuesday. He was not asked for further details about the threats.Regarding the

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