08.02.2020

Colleges are revoking admissions offers due to racist posts

Colleges are revoking admissions offers due to racist posts Photo by Eve Edelheit for the New York Times

As Black Lives Matter protests continue across the country, at least a dozen schools have rescinded student admissions offers over racist social media posts.

Marquette University revoked an acceptance after an incoming lacrosse player trivialized George Floyd’s death. One high school valedictorian lost her spot at the University of Florida after she admitted to being a "racist person" and called two Black classmates "crackwhores." And a Cornell University football recruit will have to find somewhere else to play after he was caught on video using a racial slur.

Many education officials believe rescinding college offers is a necessary consequence of such blatantly racist behavior. Others — including some Black social justice leaders — caution that schools might be missing out on an opportunity to help these young adults learn empathy and grow as human beings.

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