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Washington Post Writes Racist Column Suggesting We “Stop Talking” About Ivy League Teen


The story of Kwasi Enin, the Long Island teen who applied to all 8 Ivy League schools and got accepted, seems like an automatic bid for universal acclaim across the board.

That is, unless your name is Valerie Strauss and you are the education reporter for the Washington Post.

The editor, who happens to be a white, middle-aged female, scribed a thinly veiled sour, hateful and borderline racist editorial, littered with seedless facts about the competitive admission rate for the nation’s top facts and suggest we can “stop talking about him.”

Obviously that’s the reason why Enin’s big day made national news but that plane sailed way over Strauss’ head. The current headline of “Did He Apply To Stanford?” is also a substitute for the original “This Kid Got Into All 8 Ivy League Schools. Now Can We Stop Talking About Him?” after her editors probably realized the struggle they allowed to slip through the cracks.

Excerpts from the Post:

Have you heard yet about 17-year-old Kwasi Enin of Shirley, N.Y., who applied to all of the eight schools in the Ivy League and got into every single one? If not, you are, by now, the only one.

Congratulations to Kwasi Enin. Now can we stop talking about him?

It isn’t easy to get into the Ivy League, everybody knows; the admission rate this year was 8.925641 percent, rounding to the nearest millionth of a percentage point, according to this story by my colleague Nick Anderson, and the schools aren’t shy about telling the world about it. Princeton University issued a news release with this headline: “Princeton offers admission to 7.28 percent of applicants.” The lowest admit rate in the Ivy League was Harvard, at 5.9 percent, but as it turns out, Stanford University on the West Coast had an even lower percentage — 5.07 (the .07 is important), the lowest in the school’s storied history.

I know what you think: Spare me the sympathy. It still hurts. But let’s keep this in perspective. What did Magic Johnson say to the little boy who also tested HIV positive? ”You’ve got to have a positive attitude.” What happens when you don’t keep a positive attitude? Don’t ask.

There were also several commentators on Redditt who used their platform to express their disdain for “only” being accepted to one Ivy League school or their “Armenian heritage” not being acceptable for affirmative action.

Allow us to reintroduce the term “hater,” ladies and gents. It’s just not exclusive to Hip-Hop.

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  • MsMayhem

    Shame on her! We really don’t need her to comment or even acknowledge her comment. We are going to CELEBRATE OUR VICTORIES!!!

  • Whites hate to see black success but love to see black ignorance,this is nothing new so why are blacks still shocked?

  • booby

    All of white america knows it. Affirmative Action. Blacks cannot and will not succeed without it. They’re inferior. That’s why they have to have it. I don’t say that; the Federal Government says that. However anyone that apprehends the truth of it is branded as a racist, which in this political context means the exact opposite. The system is explicitly racist, and anyone that says this is called a racist. The only people not called racists are the racists. And 2 + 3 = 4.

    • dusttracks

      You sound like a crazy person.

  • SPC Narh

    17 year old African American boy gets admission to all 8 Ivy Leagues. This feat generates huge media buzz. But the #WashingtonPost isn’t happy with the attention the kid is getting. Their reporter #ValerieStrauss just wouldn’t buy none of that.

    That is obviously not what they expect of a 17 year old African American boy from NY. They’d rather cover a story of him peddling drugs, gang banging, or serving a jail sentence for a heinous crime or at best, being drafted into the #NBA than one that talks about his magic ticket to any Ivy League of his choice. #MalcolmX was right when he said that “We, as black people, are responsible for telling our success stories. Nobody owes us that responsibility. Nobody!” So to Miss. #ValerieStrauss, we got your message. Keep pushing us down. Keep doubting our capabilities. And keep ruling us out. But surely, “… “Like air …Like dust, We [I] Shall rise.” #MayaAngelou.

    Only two generations ago, “Black people’s life in America wasn’t [ain’t] worth two cents.” – #MalcolmX. Today, we are worth more than that but we are definitely not near the dollar. We know it. And we are working on it. In the words of Pete Seeger, “We shall overcome. – Someday.” So to the #WashingtonPost reporter, #ValerieStrauss, as #KwameToure [#StokelyCarmichael] rightly said, “There is a higher law than the law of the racist-oppressor. That’s the law of conscience.” So I’ll rather have your conscience judge you. Now, beat that.

    Now, to every kid out there, be you Black, White, Latino, Spanish or whatever your race may be, let #KwesiEnin story inspire you. That you too can make it not just in school, but in every endeavor that you channel your efforts into. So that together, we can “Make a better place” – #MichaelJackson for us all.

  • Kurt

    There is no way in hell that this kid would have been accepted into all 8 Ivy League schools if he had been white or Asian. There are Asian kids who routinely score higher than his 2250 on the SAT and who are often rejected by Harvard, Princeton, or Yale. The fact that this kid received the benefits of handouts based on his skin color, makes this story far less noteworthy.

    • six6sixwitch

      It’s not all about SAT scores, sparky.

      • Kurt

        You’re right – it isn’t all about SAT scores. If it were, this kid wouldn’t have been accepted at several of the IVYs. In his case, skin color trumped his SAT score and he was admitted pursuant to a racial handout.

      • Ageofaquarius Begins

        “Racial handout,” huh?

        Got another two words, KKKurt: Legacy Admissions. Um…what do THOSE trump, pray tell? Since they predominately go to ONE GROUP…would they be considered a “racial handout”…or might you have a decidedly more genteel description for it?

        Please, continue to enthrall us with your acumen.

      • Mocha

        If that were the case there would be more students at thses schools, right? makes no sense

    • butch

      I have no doubt that all these schools took notice of the fact that he is black. However, for you to make the leap to using the expression “hand outs” is ridiculous and gives away your not so latent racism. He is incredibly accomplished as a musician as well and he comes from an area which traditionally does not send any students to the Ivies. PS His SAT scores are damned good averaging 750 across the board. He pulled that score while involved in all his other pursuits.
      I’d say he’s among the top 5-9 of American students so he should be looking at the Ivies. As for SATs, I scored incredibly high on mine, but I didn’t have the study skills and motivation to make it in a highly competitive college. It’s more than intelligence. It’s something extra — and this kid’s got it.

      • Kurt

        This is the issue caused by Affirmative Action handouts. Anyone with intelligence and common sense realizes how much easier it is to be accepted into certain colleges if they are black, so there definitely is a stigma associated with a black kid attending a top school, as people realize that the kid probably only got in because of the color of his skin.

        I attended a top-14 law school and can tell you that the black students were admitted with much lower LSAT scores and other credentials than those of the other students. Some of the black students performed in the middle of the class, but most did poorly and several of the black students were unable to pass a state bar exam, which is sad. The state bar exam shouldn’t be difficult for someone who scored a relatively high LSAT and attended a top law school.

    • Liliana Gomez

      You are rather foolish. As a recruitment officer I can tell you I am a lot more interested in individuals and the work they have done in the real world, than any test score or grades acquired by doing homework, sitting in class, or passing tests. So yes many times I prefer students with lower grades because the grades don’t tell me all that much about the person’s true capacity or potential. When students demonstrate creativity, initiative, leadership, motivation, work experience, social service, etc.. their actions or work can outperforms straight A students in an admissions decision….Deal with it!!

      • Shamma Lammadingdong

        What community college do you recruit for?

    • Mocha

      Nah, potna… I’m black with a black cousin who had a perfect SAT, 4.0 GPA and weren’t even accepted at either Ivy League … not even to Georgia Tech!! bullsh*t theory.

      • Shamma Lammadingdong

        If his grammar was a bad as yours that comes as no surprise…

  • Lord733

    I wouldn’t line my cat’s litter box with her column. It might sicken the cat.

  • NotARacist

    Reading this article makes me sick. Yes, its amazing he got into 8 Ivy League schools, and no, its not just because of his race. But people, he came in 11th at his school, and, compared to other races only scored in the 98th percentile. He’s smart, some might say a genius, but plenty of people who score in the 99th percentile don’t get into Harvard and Yale. Yes, this young man worked very hard to get where he is at. However, his race and the fact that he is a first generation American must have played a factor in the schools’ decision. I’m not being racist, its just that those scores, albeit great, are not what top-notch schools normally accept.

    • Love

      “Blacks are 6% of the Harvard undergraduate student body, and less than
      5% of the Brown student body. So when you consider that the 25% of
      Harvard was lower than this kid’s score, and that the 25% of Brown was
      substantially lower (by 150 points!) and the same was true of Dartmouth
      and Penn, it is clear that a lot of white and Asian students with less
      than 2250 routinely get into Ivy League schools, and as a matter of fact
      the number of whites and Asians who did the same or worse on the SAT
      attending Ivy League schools certainly equals or exceeds the entire
      black population at those institutions. Because even with affirmative
      action, 93% to 96% of the students at those schools are not black. To
      put it another way, if only 6% of Harvard students are black, that still
      leaves a maximum of 19% to make up the 25% quartile. And as this Enis
      fellow scored above the 25% quartile, he would not be counted in that
      25%. Instead, he is statistically within the “middle 50%” at all the Ivy
      League schools on that list (7 of them, Cornell, the Ivy that I like
      best, is not on there, and considering the vast Cornell
      University-Technion-Israel join research venture it should be yours too)
      and is actually within the shouting distance of the top 25% of some of

  • gavinr927

    You can have great test scores/G.P.A. but if your personal statement sucks your not getting in. Personal statements are a huge factor in getting accepted into a school, especially when it is highly competitive.
    End of the day his scores and G.P.A are better than a lot of people who got accepted into each of these 8 schools, so why does it matter? He can only choose ONE.

  • Steven Aldridge

    It is a fact that if you are black and score high on the SAT test your chances of getting in to elite schools is astronomically higher. Don’t you find it ironic that you are calling someone a racist when they point out discrimination?

    Imagine if whites got the benefit of affirmative action and this scenario were reversed. What would you say if I called you a racist for pointing that out?

    • Mocha

      Steven, read Love’s response above, comprehend, let it roll around in your head, and then make an intelligent response….

      • Shamma Lammadingdong

        Can’t handle the truth huh?

  • saveAMERICAfromTHEnutters

    He’s a great kid, he deserves great success and he will achieve it.
    But… until we all understand and accept that he was chosen over statistically superior applicants because of his race we will never be one color-blind country.

    • Ageofaquarius Begins

      No, not until YOU understand that 35,023 people applied to Harvard last year and they only accepted 2,047. Of that number, approximately 225 of them were black, or 11%, as was reported.
      Not counting Asians, all other minorities comprised 26% of the accepted group, with Asians and whites accounting for the other 74%.

      Now, since Harvard and Stanford readily admit that students with PERFECT scores on the SAT are often rejected, with Stanford numbers suggesting as many as 69% of students with perfect scores weren’t accepted in the last 5 years…going back to Harvard’s totals, how, pray tell, does the blame for 33,000 students getting rejected, majority white, get blamed on just 225 black kids?

      And how do you explain this, from the Harvard Crimson:

      “Freshmen reported an average composite SAT score of 2237. The reported average subject score was consistent across the three sections, with an average of 748 in the math section, 746 on writing, and 744 on critical reading.”

      Kwasi scored 2250, 750 in each category…BETTER than the average accepted. Given that 74% of these kids were white and Asian, and students with perfect scores were rejected, OF ALL ETHNICITIES, again…how, EXACTLY, was he chosen over “statistically superior applicants” when the MAJORITY of those accepted scored LESS than he did? And what do you consider LEGACY ADMISSIONS, which predominately go to wealthy WHITE students?

      You think any of them were chosen over “statistically superior applicants” too…or just the ones that look like Kwasi? Not so “color-blind” after all, are you? Let me make it simpler for you. If this was a white kid…would you be here talking about his race? Don’t hurt yourself answering that.