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.
According to the Washington Times and HuffPost, classmates -- who opposed Kashuv's ideology -- accused him of repeatedly using the N-word prior to the massacre that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 2018.
Following the surfaced screenshots, Kashuv, a gun rights activist, posted on Twitter explaining his previous remarks, saying “we were 16-year-olds making idiotic comments” and that he was “embarrassed by it."
“When your classmates, your teachers, and your neighbors are killed it transforms you as a human being,” he wrote. “I can and will do better moving forward.”
In a normal world, this may have been enough. At the time of the comments, Kashuv was only 16-years-old. While wrong, what he said wasn't a crime. Furthermore, he never espoused his racist remarks, and has since not displayed any of the same behavior since.
But in a politically-sensitive world where your past determines your future, Kashuv's apology was not enough.
Kashuv continued on Twitter this morning, showing his initial apology, as well as the letter he received from Harvard saying they would be withdrawing his admission.
In his response to Harvard, Kashuv apologized “unequivocally” for his previous actions and said he’d reached out to the college’s Office of Diversity Education and Support to “begin a dialogue that I hope will be the foundation of future growth.”
But his apology wasn't sufficient.
In a letter dated June 3, Harvard notified Kashuv that it was rescinding his acceptance.
“As you know, the Committee takes seriously the qualities of maturity and moral character,” Harvard wrote in the letter. “We are sorry about the circumstances that have led us to withdraw your admission, and we wish you success in your future academic endeavors and beyond.”
Following Harvard rescinding his admission, Kashuv stated that he reached out to William Fitzsimmons, Harvard’s dean of admissions, asking for an in-person meeting to “make my case face to face and work towards any possible path of reconciliation.” Fitzsimmons rejected that request.
Kashuv attached the letter in one of his Tweets.
The Ivy League school's decision to revoke Kashuv's acceptance is just the latest fiasco in the university's long history of not being inclusive. Harvard has a messy record of accepting certain people -- such as convicts and certain ideologies -- while at the same time, not accepting others. While certain cases like the ones involving Chelsea Manning and Michelle Jones can be debated, the school's recent decision to void Kashuv's admission is the most egregious in all of academia.
In truth, Harvard's decision was less about what Kashuv said when he was 16, and more about using his juvenile language as a pretext to punish him for voicing his conservative viewpoint. Unlike many Parkland activists, Kashuv used his platform to speak out against officials and leaders who failed to act during the tragedy -- the actual culprit. This, of course, went against the status quo -- pointing fingers and guns.
It's unfortunate that in today's political climate, one's future can be judged by their adolescent behavior -- forget their merits and achievements. It's a sad reminder that our priorities as a society are off, and that any misstep can turn into a life of misfortune. Worst of all, it shows that a path to forgiveness is not obtainable. This is not only
Forget the Bible and the Word of God. The word of today's mob reigns supreme.