AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former Texas education official has tweeted at a biracial teen accepted to Harvard University asking if he was admitted based “on merit or quota.”
The Dallas Morning News reports that former Texas Board of Education member George Clayton replied Friday to Drake Johnson’s tweet announcing he will be attending the Ivy League school. Clayton tweeted at the Marina, California, teen, “Congrats. Were you admitted on merit or quota?”
— Drake Johnson (@_littledrizzy) April 19, 2018
Thank you! Valedictorian, ASB President, World Champion, good SAT, and a couple handfuls of other involvements, so I would think merit?
— Drake Johnson (@_littledrizzy) April 20, 2018
Johnson responded with his accomplishments, including being valedictorian of his high school. Johnson says he wanted to “civilly defuse the situation” and clearly show he was accepted on merit.
Johnson’s mother, Jeanie Johnson, says Clayton’s tweet was racist.
On Monday, Clayton apologized on Twitter for his comments and said they were “totally wrong and hugely insensitive.”
What I said in my remarks was totally wrong and hugely insensitive. My shame hangs heavy in my heart. It was totally out of character for me to make such a hateful comment. I am, of course humbled by my words and sincerely sorry for them. George Clayton
— George Clayton (@SBOEDist12) April 23, 2018
Clayton, a Republican, held the District 12 seat from 2010 to 2012. He uses the Twitter handle @SBOEDist12 despite no longer being on the board.
Johnson was accepted to 10 schools that also included Cornell University and Brown University.
Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com