Kyle Kashuv, a pro-2A survivor of the Parkland school shooting, just learned that his Harvard University admission had been rescinded. This comes in the wake of a series of racially intolerant comments Kyle made a couple years ago becoming public. Kashuv took to Twitter this morning to share his story.
1/ THREAD: Harvard rescinded my acceptance.
Three months after being admitted to Harvard Class of 2023, Harvard has decided to rescind my admission over texts and comments made nearly two years ago, months prior to the shooting.
I have some thoughts. Here’s what happened.
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 17, 2019
He begins by stating that he apologized after his racially insensitive comments became public, claiming that the public shame of the controversy sent him into one of the darkest spirals of his life. Afterward, Kashuv accused many of his leftist classmates and political opponents of contacting Harvard University to try to get his admission rescinded. Following the mob of complaints, Harvard demanded that Kyle provide a written explanation within 72 hours. In addition to a written explanation, apology, and request of documents, Kashuv contacted the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to seek guidance on how to correct this wrong.
Dissatisfied with the written apology, Harvard University sent Kashuv a letter rescinding his admission to the university. Following the letter, Kyle requested to make his case in-person, but Harvard declined his request. Kashuv concluded by stating that he feels lost and is unsure of what to do with his life at this point.
Later today, conservative YouTuber Tree of Logic uploaded a video surrounding the controversy. It came to my attention that even right-wing Laura Loomer called for Harvard University to rescind Kyle Kashuv’s admission. In fact, she admittedly contacted the University to do so. Additionally, despite Harvard University already being under investigation for race-based college admissions, Loomer stated that she believes Kashuv’s spot should be replaced by a poor black student.
Laura Loomer is attempting to pressure Harvard into revoking their acceptance of Kyle Kashuv over his recently unearthed remarks pic.twitter.com/Z7QkUoKhFJ
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) May 23, 2019
Because Loomer claims to be an advocate for free speech, many people are accusing her of being a hypocrite. While it is within Harvard University’s right to rescind Kashuv’s admission, there is greater debate about the principle of a university’s admission policy. Is it fair to hold an applicant accountable for inappropriate comments made two years ago? As Kashuv pointed out, Harvard’s faculty had historically consisted of slave owners, segregationists, bigots, and antisemites.
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