Harvard Rescinds Kyle Kashuv’s Acceptance

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Monday, June 17, 2019


Kyle Kashuv, the embattled Parkland survivor turned teen activist, announced Monday morning that Harvard University had rescinded his offer of admission.

Kashuv made headlines recently after racist and offensive comments he made when he was 16 years old surfaced in late May. The messages, ranging from late 2017 to early 2018, a few months before the Parkland shooting, include Kashuv’s repeated use of the N-word as well as derogatory remarks about female students and their dating preference of black athletes. Kashuv quickly responded to the incoming backlash with a twitter post apologizing for the incendiary comments and pledging to show that he “can and will do better moving forward.”

After the comments surfaced, a contingent of both right and left-wing pundits, outlets, commentators, and provocateurs took the opportunity to air past grievances with Kashuv and call for Harvard to rescind his letter of acceptance. Harvard sent Kashuv a letter stating that the University “reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission” and requested Kashuv respond with a written explanation within 72 hours. Kashuv responded with both a written explanation to the University as well as an email to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion asking for “guidance on how to right this wrong and work with them once I was on campus.” Despite his letter explaining and apologizing for the comments, as well as his outreach to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Harvard Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons, then rescinded Kashuv’s offer of admission.

Kashuv has since received an outpouring of support from conservatives and libertarians alike, such as Lone Conservative’s own Kassy Dillon, Daily Wire EIC Ben Shapiro, Washington Examiner Executive Editor Seth Mandel, Quillete’s Andy Ngo, and others, denouncing the decision to rescind his offer of admission and the overall social climate that continues to vilify people based on past remarks. Similar stories have arisen regarding celebrities such as Liam Neeson, Kevin Hart, Nick Bosa, and others. The question remains whether we are willing to both condemn vile statements and allow the perpetrators to prove that they have grown and learned from their previous mistakes.

If for comments made at 16, we are willing to cast aside Kyle Kashuv at 18, why do we bother separating juvenile offenders from adults? Harvard is a private institution and so free to choose whom they will and will not accept, but an institution whose purported mission is to “educate and transform citizen- leaders,” seems to be missing an excellent opportunity to prove its value.

The mob has proven to be unequal in both its targets and sense of justice.

While Joy Reid continues to enjoy a prominent spot on MSNBC, Roseanne Barr lost her career. While seniors such as Ralph Northam and Mark Herring both continue to govern in Virginia, Kyle Kashuv, a teenager, has lost his spot in the freshman class of one of the nation’s premier Universities.

If social media continues to be our chosen political battleground, those involved in political warfare should expect that anything said in the past can and will, be used as ammunition by their opponents. Forgiveness is dead, and the inquisition has begun.

Tosin Akintola is a 23-year-old from Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2017 with a B.A in Political Science and minors in Public Administration and American Politics. He spends most of his days writing articles, poetry or music or binge-watching his latest Hulu/Netflix vice.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Tosin Akintola

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Tosin Akintola is a 23-year-old from Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2017 with a B.A in Political Science and minors in Public Administration and American Politics. He spends most of his days writing articles, poetry or music or binge-watching his latest Hulu/Netflix vice.

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