As many of my regular readers may know, David Hogg, one of the key leaders of the #NeverAgain anti-gun violence movement recently gained admission to Harvard University, an Ivy League. Hogg is a survivor of the infamous Parkland shooting, which occurred back in February. Following the shooting, he became politically active with regards to advocating for gun control.
Now, keep in mind that the acceptance rate of Harvard is 6% and that the bottom 25% of Harvard students have an SAT score of 1460. Hogg got into Harvard with an SAT score of 1270. A score of 1270.
I have many thoughts on Hogg's admission to Harvard, as I, too, am going through the exact same college process that Hogg is. Applying by November first, getting all of those last minute documents uploaded to various college portals, the anxiety, etc.: the whole shebang. The difference here is David Hogg is a white, cisgender male. And that, my friends, makes all the difference.
I would like to quote a Tweet to start this post off, "while all the parkland survivors get into and attend ivys i think about all the poor kids, disproportionally Black children, who experience gun violence at home and in the streets not completing college, and being put in prisons. where is there full ride scholarship?" (@kickassical94 on Twitter).
David Hogg is profiting off of how he copes with his trauma (through political activism). And on the surface, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, right? But dig deeper. Think about the Tweet I mentioned earlier. Hogg was able to lead the anti-gun violence movement because he exists in a place of privilege being a white, cis, male. The same privilege that many of the movement leaders benefit from.
I have been criticized for taking this position, have been told that I should be proud of him because of how involved I was in his anti-gun violence movement (I marched on Washington during the March for Our Lives and represented my school there). And of course I'm proud of him, he worked so hard on his movement. My pride and happiness for him is not negated by the fact that I am pointing out that he benefits unfairly because of his race, and thus, his socioeconomic position in society.
Hogg experienced something that so many more black and brown kids have to face, have to deal with every single day versus once in their lives at school. And these black and brown kids often end up in jail, or worse, dead. Many do not even go on to college, much less Ivy Leagues, and this is due to a combination of factors including race and economic stature. Had Hogg been brown and poor, he wouldn't have even had the resources, connections or funds to lead that movement in the first place.
I would also like to point out the masses of Asian-American students who are rejected from Harvard despite perfect SAT scores, well above Hogg's 1270. Another mentionable Tweet I read on this subject reads as follows, "David Hogg getting into Harvard with a 1270 SAT, yet Asian Americans with perfect SATs getting rejected based on their race. This is exactly what I mean when I say the Ivy League is wholeheartedly subjective politically and it is disgusting," (idebbz on Twitter).
The system is rigged. And it's rigged in favor of the white man. As it's always been. Hogg is just another example of this among millions.