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A Few of What I Thought Were the Best Thoughts On Kyle Kashuk’s Privileged Whining About Harvard’s Decision To Rescind His Admission For Prior Racist Behavior, For Which The University Also Had Precedent

KK thinks he’s in a hurdling lane while he’s actually starting in Lane 2, while all the Ivy League students, fellows, professors, and graduates of color start in Lane 5

I personally thought/said maybe kinda boring stuff. Like if he was just that clueless about why his repeated actions were so damaging that perhaps he should take his lily-white self up to the Hill since MacArthur Genius Grantee TaNehisi Coates was testifying in front of Rep Sheila Jackson Lee’s House Committee on Reparations, and he could take some notes and do some additional research and write some essays after reflection, and in so doing demonstrate to the institution his new knowledge and growth concerning context, and equity, and equity of opportunity, and how communication matters, AND he could use his blue checked status on Jack Dorsey’s Twitter to promote his findings – not to speak of his diligence and persistence - upon his re-application to the institution, since apparently according to his thinking as stated, just no other institution would suffice for his purposes.

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Or more sorta kinda boring stuff – like, regardless of how “young” he claimed to be (despite the literal volumes of his hate speech that are now public knowledge - h/t @soledadobrien - and the fact that Tamir Rice was 12 when he was shot by white police for carrying a toy), *if* the diligence & rigor of intellect he claimed to possess met the standard of the levels of intellectual rigor and diligence Harvard has stated it desires from its applicants, then he would already know that Harvard had a history of rescinding both admissions invitations and student status of current students for demonstrated racist behavior.

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But he didn’t bother to do any of that research, even as the information was publicly available for him or any member of his family and “helping circle” to draw upon as they tried to make his case.

(Mediocre.)

(NB: Not everybody has a “helping circle”. But most white men in America do, even as so many of them fail to acknowledge it and/or deem it invisible and therefore incapable of producing tangible results advantaging only them – even as EVERYBODY ELSE SEES IT and SEES THEM DOING THAT.)

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And more sorta kinda boring stuff – are there not other universities? Are there not, even, other elite universities? Would literally no other institution suffice for this privileged white “young man” to grace it with his attendance?

Like, all the University of Chicago and UCLA and University of Michigan and Stanford and Wesleyan and Brown and Penn attendees past and previous and the Yalies who weren’t other privileged white dudes carrying a “gentleman’s C” average (looking at you, Bush II) must be … kinda mad right now at the degree to which the quality of their education has now been publicly denigrated and disparaged by this privileged “young man” who clearly believes that, regardless of how clueless he actually is with respect to established facts that contradict it, we are all entitled to his opinion.

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But as is already likely clear, things I wrote were not, IMO, the best commentary I read concerning this situation of which so many people of actual merit are sick and tired.

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Here is Jamil Smith’s harrowing story (he was at Penn)

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Here’s Mike Drucker - someone whose reflection KK could, effectively, culturally, look in the mirror and see – giving him something else to think about, for a course in Context 101 for which he didn’t even have to pay Harvard-level private university rates:

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And here’s Elie Mystal putting a fine point on it

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I’ve been looking for an opportunity to recommend a new publication I found that celebrates and centers other voices other than #OverPrivilegedAndCluelessAboutItWhiteMaleWhining. This seems like a good time to do that.

https://zora.medium.com/welcome-to-zora-25edae1beb6c

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this article feels particularly relevant in this context

https://zora.medium.com/a-brief-history-of-whiteness-547feda4c7c7

and here are a few more that appear to be dedicated to shifting the status quo we deal with on the daily that is constructed and reinforced to benefit only a privileged few at the expense of a majority

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(they have a word for that practice in South Africa)

https://zora.medium.com/why-i-wont-teach-a-book-about-police-brutality-8e8eea211bb9

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https://zora.medium.com/how-the-passive-voice-allowed-flints-water-crisis-to-persist-742f6793d37e

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https://zora.medium.com/women-of-color-can-make-or-break-the-presidential-race-c75c9ddf950c

I posit that I and these other authors are looking for other people who claim to feel the same way about equity of opportunity but have yet to declare or demonstrate thus far in sufficient numbers OR volume to repel this repetitive tidal wave of privileged bigotry.

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Dayenu (enough yet already).

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What are we prepared to do?

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