Social Justice Hustle (“How I Got Into Harvard”)

30 05 2017

Los Angeles; Boston

LAT:

Chase Aldridge, the leading hitter for Harvard-Westlake’s baseball team, is headed to Harvard University. He grew up in Ladera Heights, went to a public elementary school, then enrolled at a private middle school in Palisades.

So began his journey straddling two environments as an African American teenager.

In an application essay to Harvard, he wrote: “My dad would come every year and teach about the Negro Leagues. Activities like this served both the purpose of informing others of the history of various different people, and also a sign of how I fit in the school community.

Just to make sure the Harvard admissions committee knows he’s black, because his name doesn’t sound stereotypically black, load up the application essay with “I’m black y’all.”  And also, because he’s a domestic black that plays baseball, that’s got the dork in Orlando with a fax machine all orgasmic.

The good news is that, four years from now, he’ll be attending the black-only Harvard graduation ceremony.

About that:

“The primary reason we wanted to do this is we really wanted to come together to celebrate Harvard black excellence and brilliance. … This is really an opportunity for students to build fellowship and build a community.”

Actually, it’s more of a networking opportunity for those who now expect to be black for a living.

Also:

Unfortunately, most students do not seem to feel that they are part of the college community. UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute found that only 28.7 percent of seniors graduating from baccalaureate institutions strongly agreed that they have a sense of belonging to their college community.

That’s really not new.  For the most part, Americans have way more socio-academic fealty toward their high school than their college.  Quick:  How many quinquennial/decennial high school reunions and college reunions have you gone to?  Right.

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