‘Congrats … Merit or Quota?’: Fmr Board of Ed Member Asks After Biracial Student’s Harvard Acceptance

A biracial student proudly announced on Twitter that he was accepted to a top university, only for a former member of a different state’s Board of Education to question his credentials. Now the Texas educator is apologizing.

Drake Johnson, of California, tweeted that he’s “Harvard bound,” on April 18.

Two days later, George Clayton replied saying, “Congrats. Were you admitted on merit or quota?” (As of Tuesday morning, it appears that Clayton’s Twitter account has been suspended)

Johnson, in response to the insulting and uncalled-for comment, took the high road, simply listing his impressive credentials to answer Clayton’s question.

Drake’s mother Jeanie Johnson told the Dallas Morning News that she doesn’t know how Clayton came across her son’s tweet in the first place.

“Why do you care, and why are you asking that particular question to a kid who is clearly of some type of mixed race?” she asked.

On Monday, Clayton addressed the controversy and apologized for his insensitivity. In an evening comment, he said his question was “totally wrong and hugely insensitive.” He characterized his comment as “hateful” and “totally out of character.”

Clayton’s Twitter profile says he’s running for Board of Education again this year, but the News reports that there is no paperwork filed in his name at this point.

As for Johnson, not only did he get into Harvard, he was also accepted by ten other schools, including Cornell, Brown, and Dartmouth.

[Image via North Texas Council screengrab]

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