Harvard administrators have decided they do not want openly racist and sexist people to benefit from going to their university. They have rescinded offers to at least 10 prospective students of the class of 2021 after discovering they posted racist and sexist messages in a private Facebook group.
Brad Reed of Raw Story reported the school discovered a private Facebook group called “Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens” where several students were found to be posting memes that made jokes about “sexual assault, the Holocaust, and the deaths of children.” Some students also “joked” about being sexually aroused by seeing children get abused, while others posted memes about hanging Mexicans.
Employees in the Admissions Office emailed students who posted offensive memes in mid-April asking them to disclose every picture they sent over the group, according to one member of the chat whose admission offer was revoked. The student spoke only on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to be publicly identified with the messages.
“The Admissions Committee was disappointed to learn that several students in a private group chat for the Class of 2021 were sending messages that contained offensive messages and graphics,” reads a copy of the Admissions Office’s email obtained by The Crimson. “As we understand you were among the members contributing such material to this chat, we are asking that you submit a statement by tomorrow at noon to explain your contributions and actions for discussion with the Admissions Committee.”
Incoming Harvard freshman Jessica Zhang said she believes the school did the right thing by rescinding its offers.
“I appreciate humor, but there are so many topics that just should not be joked about, I respect the decision of the admissions officers to rescind the offers because those actions really spoke about the students’ true characters,” she said. “I do not know how those offensive images could be defended.”
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)