When at least a dozen colleges and universities rescinded admissions offers to students who posted racist material, the step was hailed as wholly justified (“Colleges Rescinding Admissions Offers as Racist Social Media Posts Emerge,” The New York Times, July 3). I maintain that the punishment does not fit the crime.
I say that because in all cases the students apologized. Who has not said something that they later regret? Moreover, the decision to handle the matter was largely the result of whether the institutions were public or private. Private schools are not bound by the First Amendment, while public schools are. I fail to see why such a distinction is made. That’s because both teach the same students.
Young people in particular can be rehabilitated. The attitudes they held at one point in their lives often change with the passage of time as they mature. Unfortunately, when it comes to racial issues we forget this.
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