Students at Emory University in Atlanta are in “fear and pain” over a message written in chalk around the campus over the weekend.
“TRUMP 2016”. It was written on the sidewalk, on concrete steps and handrails… and the students say their safe space has been violated. They’re watching their backs, looking over their shoulders, and experiencing emotional fear and pain.
One student, who is Hispanic, said the writings are a direct reference to brown people, and he feels unsafe now. Another student is frustrated by what she feels is rhetoric from university officials with not enough concrete actions to promote tolerance.
Yet another student commented, “If there were pro-Hitler things around the campus or swastikas, Emory would have taken a stance on it.”
The Atlanta university has an enrollment of over 14,000 students. Administrators are trying to track down who is responsible for causing so much distress on their campus.
The university president has met with the offended students to allow them to voice their concerns.
The student government association is OFFERING EMERGENCY COUNSELING FOR STUDENTS TRIGGERED BY THE CAMPUS CHALKINGS.
Here is a portion of their email:
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] “That being said, by nature of the fact that for a significant portion of our student population, the messages represent particularly bigoted opinions, policies, and rhetoric directed at populations represented at Emory University, we would like to express our concern regarding the values espoused by the messages displayed, and our sympathy for the pain experienced by members of our community… It is clear to us that these statements are triggering for many of you.
As a result, both College Council and the Student Government Association pledge to stand in solidarity with those communities who feel threatened by this incident and to help navigate the student body through it and the environment of distrust and unease it has created. To that end, Emergency Funds within the College Council monetary policy were created to provide time-sensitive funds during circumstances involving discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and such funds are available to any student organization looking to sponsor events in response to this incident.” [/pullquote]
(Donald Trump won the Georgia Republican primary earlier this month. Someone break it to them gently, please.)
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