Some weeks back, the social media was a-buzz, over the story of Kyle Kashuv, a Parkland survivor and conservative activist, whose admission to Harvard University was rescinded, in an apparent response to racist messages that he had written, years earlier.
At first, I thought it was a little bit harsh, for Harvard to withdraw the admission that it offered to the young man, which, I am sure, he earned on merit.
Why was the admission offered to him, rescinded, over a negative statement that he made, when he was just a teen of sixteen years?
I did a little bit of looking here and there, picking up trends relating to the issue, on social media and I realised the simple fact that, the young man allowed youthful exuberance to spill into social media content.
It so happened that, in mid-May, 2019 Kashuv announced that he would be leaving Turning Point USA.
In just some few hours after he made the announcement, screenshots of text messages and Google Docs, began to surface of him, (Kashuv), allegedly texting unfavorable remarks about women, using the word, “nigger”, repeatedly and used other racist and anti-Semitic languages.
On the 3rd of June, 2019, Harvard sent a message to Kashuv stating as follows, “After careful consideration, the Committee voted to rescind your admission.”
It was simple and precise, although, Harvard gave him a chance to explain himself, but then, the damage had already been done and Harvard has taken its decision.
Nowadays, youthful indiscretions, thoughtless mistakes, unfavorable remarks made in private, or, in the public domain, in the past, can turn around to haunt you indefinitely; all thanks to the internet.
The social media space, is an interesting place to be, as you will learn a lot and stay connected with many friends and keep abreast of everything that is happening around the world, but the flip side here, is that, the social media has the power to make you or break you, depending on how you use and handle it.
Everything you write and post on social media, is well documented, so, you should have this at the back of your mind, before throwing e-punches at someone, (even, if the individual, probably, deserves it).
Keeping your emotions in check and not taking everything on social media, too seriously, will do you a lot of good, in terms of avoiding the ugly side of the internet.
In this present time and age, it is, essentially, important that, you scrutinize everything that you want to post online, before posting them.
When you are annoyed over something, go through what you want to post, with a clear mind and think of the after-effect because, once it is posted, it goes viral and cannot be taken back.
Enjoy the social media, but do not let it rob you of your dreams and ambitions.
Read up Kelvin Hart’s Social media mistake and lessons learnt from it.
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