Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Quick Hits: Volume CXCI

- I can't emphasize enough how grateful I am to have been a teenager in a pre social media era. But with social media being so ubiquitous today, it can result in mindless youthful indiscretions turning into life altering consequences.

For high profile Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School alum Kyle Kashuv, the verdict is a lost opportunity to study at an elite Ivy League institution.

He’s apologized repeatedly, publicly to the world and privately to Harvard, and offered to do so again in person after they rescinded his acceptance. No dice. A Twitter pal wondered: If it had been David Hogg instead of Kashuv who got caught sh*tposting as a younger teen, would that apology have been enough? Would Harvard at least have offered him a meeting?

Maybe not, actually. This isn’t the first time the school has rescinded an acceptance for outre Internet musings. Ten applicants lost their admissions two years ago when the school was made aware of a Facebook group chat populated by Harvard admittees that involved “images with captions that were racist and anti-Semitic and that made light of pedophilia, among other offensive themes.” They may have bounced Kashuv this time as matter of simple consistency, to show that a student with an unusually high public profile would receive no special exemption from precedent.

Either way, when you’re 18 and remorseful for something you did when you were 16, an apology should suffice for forgiveness in all cases not involving a felony. Harvard disagrees.

I can't defend Kashuv's use of the N-word when he was 16. However, I absolutely believe in redemption and there have been Americans who have gone on to make tremendous contributions to our country despite having done much worse things earlier in life.

This is once again a disturbing example of a society which believes one can't evolve and learn from the egregious mistakes one made as a younger person.

- We were told by the in-the-tank Trump supporters in 2016 that if we conservatives didn't hop on their bandwagon, the next President would look to erode our civil liberties.

And they were right.

-  So O.J. Simpson joined Twitter recently.

That first tweet was posted just three days before the 25th anniversary of Simpson hiding in the back seat of his pal Al Cowlings' white Ford Bronco while being pursued by several police cars on a southern California freeway. It was at that moment where Simpson was considered a fugitive of justice given an arrest warrant was issued for him in the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Earlier that day, Simpson lawyers Robert Shapiro and Robert Kardashian held a press conference essentially begging O.J. to turn himself in.

About seven years ago, David Burge (aka @Iowahawkblog, the best twitter follow out there IMO) summed up today's pop culture perfectly.




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