A survivor of Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting is speaking out after his acceptance to Harvard was rescinded following the discovery of racist remarks he made in 2016.
Kyle Kashuv, an 18-year-old conservative Second Amendment activist, detailed his feelings in a Twitter thread on Monday regarding comments he made at 16, referring to them as “egregious and callous.” Kashuv said he “immediately apologized” for his past words, which took place “months before the shooting - in an attempt to be as extreme and shocking as possible.”
He also shared his apology on Twitter. He went on to note that Harvard sent a letter stating that they reserved the right to rescind his admission, and that he wrote a full written explanation to them within 72 hours, which they requested. Kyle additionally shared Harvard’s letter rescinding his admission.
Kyle shared his thoughts on the matter, saying, “Throughout its history, Harvard’s faculty has included slave owners, segregationists, bigots and antisemites. 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.”
He added, “I believe that institutions and people can grow. I've said that repeatedly. In the end, this isn’t about me, it's about whether we live in a society in which forgiveness is possible or mistakes brand you as irredeemable, as Harvard has decided for me.”
1/ THREAD: Harvard rescinded my acceptance.— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 17, 2019
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.
HuffPost shared the leaked screenshots of Kyle’s alleged remarks, which include racial slurs.
According to CNN, "Harvard does not comment publicly on the admissions status of individual applicants.” In 2017, the prestigious University withdrew admissions of ten prospective students after offensive Facebook posts were uncovered.
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