Emory not alone: Students all over U.S. feeling traumatized by seeing “Trump 2016” signs
From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum
Everyone laughed when students at Emory University complained last week that they “feared for” their lives over some “Vote Trump” and “Trump 2016” slogans chalked in pastels onto campus sidewalks–and Emory president Jim Wagner “Trump”-eted his empathy with the “genuine concern and pain” the aggrieved students said they felt.
Well, not everybody laughed. No sooner had the Trump-traumatized Emory students secured their private meeting with the empathetic Wagner than someone scribbled “Trump 2016” into a whiteboard hanging from the door of a Mexican-American student at Scripps College. Horrors! Student body president Minjoo Kim promptly sent around an e-mail message-lined “Racist Incident” to her fellow students, at Scripps, a women’s college that is part of a five-college consortium in Claremont, California.
The e-mail, according to Inside Higher Education, read in part:
“This racist act is completely unacceptable.Regardless of your political party, this intentional violence committed directly to a student of color proves to be another testament that racism continues to be an undeniable problem and alarming threat on our campuses. If you consider yourself an ally, talk to your friends and peers about racism and continue to educate yourselves on what you can do to combat racism inside and outside of Scripps and the greater 5Cs. Campus Safety has been notified and we hope to find the person responsible so they can be held accountable for their actions.”