Kenyan Harvard Grad Makes Viral Graduation Speech


Village Elder

A survivor of the Parkland shooting announced Monday that Harvard College rescinded his admission due to racist comments that he made nearly two years ago. In a shared Google doc for a midterm study guide that classmates used for an Advanced Placement U.S. history exam, and that HuffPost was given access to, Kashuv used the N-word multiple times. (His words are highlighted in gray in the image below.)


Kyle Kashuv took to Twitter Monday morning and announced the news in a series of tweets, in which he also referenced Harvard’s own “checkered past,” and stated that “Harvard’s faculty has included slave owners, segregationists, bigots and antisemites.”
Kashuv became known as a gun rights activist after he survived the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, 2018 that left 17 people dead.
In the wake of the shooting, Kashuv rose to prominence as he met with President Donald Trump and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and made appearances on Fox News. His social media presence grew to include more than 300,000 Twitter followers.
In May Kashuv issued an apology after screenshots of racist slurs that he allegedly wrote when he was 16 surfaced. But apparently his apology and explanation of what transpired was not enough to save his seat at Harvard.
“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,” Kashuv tweeted Monday. “I have some thoughts. Here’s what happened.”