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Harvard Boots Kashuv for Typing N-Word, Awarded Medal to Rapper Who Says It 49 Times in a Song

Earlier this month, Harvard told Kyle Kashuv it was rescinding its offer of admission to the conservative activist due to abhorrent and foolish remarks he made when he was 16 years old.

Kashuv, a survivor of the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, graduated last year and has become a rising star thanks to his vocal advocacy for school safety and gun rights.

Harvard made its decision even after receiving a lengthy apology from Kashuv, where he made no excuses for his comments.

And make no mistake about it, young Kashuv’s remarks in private — which included the N-word — were unacceptably offensive.

While Harvard doesn’t comment on specific admission cases, the school did tell Conservative Tribune, a section of The Western Journal, that it reserves the right to withdraw any offer of admission if a potential student “engages or has engaged in behavior that brings into question their honesty, maturity or moral character.”

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But it appears Harvard’s disgust for the N-word is very selective.

Back in 2015, the university awarded the W.E.B. DuBois Medal to Nasir Jones, who goes by his rapper name “Nas,” according to the New York Daily News.

 

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If Harvard is appalled at Kashuv’s use of the N-word, maybe it should have taken the time to read the lyrics, or even the title, of the 2008 rap song “Be a N—– Too,” where Nas says some variation of the N-word 49 times.

Apparently, Harvard was impressed with lyrics like “I’m a n—-, he’s a n—-, she’s a n—-, we some n—–s, wouldn’t you like to be a n—-, too? To all my kike n—–s, spic n—–s, guinea n—–s, chink n—–s, That’s right, y’all my n—-s, too.”

Nas wants to make sure you know he isn’t about to quit using the N-word either: “With this N-word jargon I’m just startin’, b—-!”

Harvard didn’t just give Nas a medal.

The school was apparently a big enough fan of Nas to created the “Nasir Jones Fellowship” in 2013 — a program meant to uncover “projects from scholars and artists that build on the rich and complex hip-hop tradition.”

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I do not write this as a defense of using the N-word in songs or anywhere else. Nor is it meant to lessen the gravity of Kashuv’s teenage comments.

However, it does make me think that the mob outrage, the leftist howls and maybe even Harvard itself might have approached the Kashuv controversy differently if he wasn’t a friend of Donald Trump, a hero to Second Amendment advocates and a vocal commentator on conservative issues.

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G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal.
G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal and vice president of digital content of Liftable Media.

After graduating law school from the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, Mr. Hair spent a decade as an attorney practicing at the trial and appellate level in Arkansas and Tennessee. He represented clients in civil litigation, contractual disputes, criminal defense and domestic matters. He spent a significant amount of time representing indigent clients who could not afford private counsel in civil or criminal matters. A desire for justice and fairness was a driving force in Mr. Hair's philosophy of representation. Inspired by Christ’s role as an advocate on our behalf before God, he often represented clients who had no one else to fight on their behalf.

Mr. Hair has been a consultant for Republican political candidates and has crafted grassroots campaign strategies to help mobilize voters in staunchly Democrat regions of the Eastern United States.

In early 2015, he began writing for Conservative Tribune. After the site was acquired by Liftable Media, he shut down his law practice, moved to Arizona and transitioned into the position of site director. He then transitioned to vice president of content. In 2018, after Liftable Media folded all its brands into The Western Journal, he was named executive editor. His mission is to advance conservative principles and be a positive and truthful voice in the media.

He is married and has four children. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
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