Monday 27 January 2020

Harvard cancels offers for at least ten students who shared racist and offensive memes

Harvard University
Harvard University

Daniel O'Connor

Harvard College have revoked the admission offers of at least ten prospective students after they were found to be involved in a Facebook group chat for sharing offensive memes.

The students who were due to enter the Harvard Class of 2021 admitted to forming a messaging group entitled “Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens”, The Harvard Crimson reported.

The group contained images mocking sexual assault, memes concerning the Holocaust and a number of jokes directed particular racial and ethnic groups.

One example of an alleged meme referred to the imaginary hanging of a Mexican child as “piñata time.”

Harvard administrators revoked offers to at least ten students involved in the group upon its discovery in April, stating that university officials have the final decision to rescind any student's offer.

College spokesperson Rachel Dane said that the school doesn’t “comment publicly on the admissions status of individual applicants."

One prospective student, Cassandra Luca, told the Crimson that the group was formed as a splinter group from an original group chat for

incoming Harvard students, which demanded that students post provocative memes in the larger group before being allowed to join.

“They were like, ‘Oh, you have to send a meme to the original group to prove that you could get into the new one,” Luca said.

“This was a just-because-we-got-into-Harvard-doesn’t-mean-we-can’t-have-fun kind of thing.”

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