A minor brouhaha today erupted today when Parkland-survivor-turned-guns-rights-guy Kyle Kashuv announced his Harvard acceptance has been recinded. This follows the surfacing a number of gross comments by Kobvac two years ago, including a six-combo usage of the n-word and a casual mention that girls go for n-words over guys like him.
As someone a few years older than Kyle, this struck me as pretty expected; the internet has transformed the conduct you can get away and still expect to get into top-tier colleges. Just two years ago, Harvard rescinded acceptances for ten students after their racist memes got uncovered. Students are locking down their Facebooks so admissions departments don't see them drinking, of course you’d lose your admission for saying the n-word a whole bunch in the same year you took your SATs for the first time.
Of course, the decision has created a lot of blowback among the conservative press and, of course, it’s a great opportunity to see them tell on themselves. Like Ben Shapiro tweeting that not being a guy who says the n-word is “a cruel standard no one can possibly meet.” Or David Brooks spending 860 talking about “moral character” and provocation while convientialy ignoring the chats where Kobavc said the n-word in normal, non-Google Docs edgelording conversation.
To any sane person, this is a non-issue. Kashuv is being judged by Harvard on his academic and personal conduct during the course of high school. The Internet makes that paper trail incredibly intercate in a way it has never been before this generation, but he is still being applied to the same standards that any other student in his class would be. Wanna go to Harvard? Be a good student and don’t say the n-word.
As with Kavanaugh, we are being forced into a conversation about whether or not horrible conduct is acceptable because these people—the conservatives questioning Harvard, handwaving away slurs and hate—are afraid. Because they have reached their positions of power in spite of tremendous personal failing, and because they need to know that these personal failings do not threaten their power.
Don’t give them that sense of peacefulness. And don’t give a shit about a kid not going to Harvard because he’s a racist.