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How Harvard Should Handle the Kyle Kashuv Mess

The university and its critics can transform this polarizing culture war controversy into a constructive moment––if both take steps to placate the other side.
Source: Lucas Jackson / Reuters

After the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, many survivors became outspoken advocates of gun control. In contrast, Kyle Kashuv became an outspoken advocate of gun rights, appearing on Fox News and speaking at events to young conservatives.

He was set to attend Harvard after a gap year. But the university rescinded its offer, Kashuv announced yesterday, citing a controversy involving racial slurs.

“A few weeks ago, I was made aware of egregious and callous comments classmates

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