Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Conservatives Outraged After Harvard Rescinds Admission of Racist, Pro-Gun Parkland Survivor

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*Kyle Kashuv, survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, had his admission to Harvard rescinded after his racist and anti-Semitic comments came to light.

Kashuv gained notoriety among conservatives as an outspoken advocate against gun control in the wake of the 2018 Parkland attack that left 17 dead. Unlike many of his classmates who called for stricter gun control, Kashuv, a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment rights, as noted by Forbes, also “successfully lobbied for the federal STOP School Violence Act, which included several school safety measures in lieu of stricter gun control measures,” the publication writes.

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But in May, a series of racist slurs he made in texts and shared in a Google document were released by the Huffington Post, after receiving them from Parkland students. The Google doc shows Kashuv used the n-word twelve times, including “like im really good at typing nigger ok like practice uhhhhhh makes perfect.” He also referred to black athletes as “n****rjocks.”

Kashuv attempted to delete the document, but it was too late. He posted a Twitter explanation for what he called “callous comments I made a few years ago,” claiming “we were 16-year olds making idiotic comments, using callous and inflammatory language in an effort to be as extreme and shocking as possible. I’m embarrassed by it, but I want to be clear that the comments I made are not indicative of who I am or who I’ve become in the years since.”

You can read his 13-part Twitter rant below (with part one posted via the embed above):

But Harvard University ain’t buying it, as Kashuv’s acceptance letter has been rescinded.

In a lengthy thread, he took to Twitter on Monday to detail his correspondences with Harvard, and call out the hypocrisy in their decision.

Kashuv claims that after he became aware of the “callous” comments he made to fellow classmates, he issued an apology.

Like many white, conservative males living in Trump’s America, Kashuv attempted to victimize himself, blaming the media’s coverage of his racist remarks for sending him “into one of the darkest spirals of my life.”

When folks urged Harvard to revoke Kashuv’s admission, the ivy-league university reached out to him asking for an explanation.

The right-leaning, pro-gun activist called into question Harvard’s ruling against him in light of the university’s “checkered past” of administrative discrimination in the past against people of color, Jews, and women.

Kashuv concluded his whiney rant by noting that he doesn’t know which college he will attend now, as he passed on many opportunities in order to attend Harvard.

Meanwhile, many conservative are calling on a boycott of Harvard, and folks like Ben Shapiro have denounced the university for how Kashuv has been treated.

Journalist Torraine Walker summed up this hot mess best when he tweeted: “It’s been a full day of “He’s just a child!” excuses from adults who never use that language for an actual child like Tamir Rice. The op-eds are coming next.”

And then there’s this…

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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