Colleges Rescinding Admissions as Racist Social Media Posts Emerge
Hmm--the consequences of indulging in racist talk!
"A star high school athlete recruited to play football for Cornell University will no longer be attending the school after a Snapchat video of him using a racial slur went viral.
Marquette University revoked an incoming freshman’s admission offer because of a Snapchat post mocking the death of George Floyd.
And an honors student bound for the University of Florida now has to make other college plans after the university learned of an Instagram post in which the student declared she was “most definitely” a racist.
Amid a national accounting over entrenched and systemic racism after Floyd’s death in police custody on Memorial Day, at least a dozen schools have rescinded admissions offers to incoming students over instances of racism that circulated widely online, often after outraged students and university alumni demanded swift action.
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While private schools are not bound by the First Amendment and its protection of speech, public universities, as government institutions, must contend with the potential legal consequences of penalizing students for racist or sexist language, said Clay Calvert, the director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida.
But the First Amendment does not guarantee the right to be admitted to a state university with an admissions process that considers “the whole person,” beyond just grades and test scores, Calvert said."
I'm not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, I really don't want a bunch of out-spoken racists and white supremacist types running around campuses proselytizing for their hateful causes, but, on the other hand, I don't quite like the idea that students must pass some kind of proper "character" test before they are allowed to enter the ivory towers and learn. Like, who decides what is proper character?