Earlier this week the Internet met Kwasi Enin, a student who got accepted into all eight Ivy League universities. It’s an impressive feat for any student to accomplish; however, some commenters on Reddit are claiming the 17-year-old student from Long Island, N.Y., didn’t get accepted based on his merit alone.
In a racially fueled Reddit thread centered around Enin’s story, many users embroiled by his sweeping acceptance run say he only got in because of his race.
According to information compiled from USA Today and CNN, Enin scored a 2250 (out of 2400) on his SAT and placed in the 98th percentile of all students. He ranks 11th in his high school class of 647, and he has taken 11 Advanced Placement classes. He volunteers at Stony Brook University Hospital's radiology department, and he sings in his school's a cappella group. He throws shot put and discus for the track and field team, and he consistently lands lead roles in school plays.
Despite the impressive resume, some don’t think it was enough for his 8/8 acceptance rate. Here are a smattering of some of the racially charged Reddit rants in reaction to Enin’s accomplishment:
Thankfully, others quickly came to Enin's defense: