Chalk is very scary to college kids. In fact, chalk that happens to support Trump 2016 is so frightening and creates so much pain in these 18-22-year-old juveniles, that student organizations have offered to provide counseling to those who may have been “impacted” by the chalk.
The Black Student Alliance at Emory University wrote on Facebook: ‘We, the Black Student Alliance at Emory University stand in solidarity with the Black and Brown students at Emory, against the intimidation, lies, and deeply rooted racism that people of color continue to face–on their campus, nationwide, and globally. #1969not1836 #BlackBrownAndHere’
‘If you’d like to stand in solidarity with us, please use this as your status: ‘I, a [identity] from [college/university/state/country], stand in solidarity with the Black and Brown students at Emory, against the intimidation, lies, and deeply rooted racism that people of color continue to face–on their campus, nationwide, and globally. #1969not1836 #BlackBrownAndHere.’
One must consider the propaganda machine which is filling the minds of these gullible, young adults, where they feel threatened by the name of a presidential candidate. It is evident that even in an editorial by the student paper, there is no right answer, unless it happens to be the condemnation and stifling of the right to support Trump.
The student newspaper’s editor, Zak Hudak, posted an editorial addressing what had happened.
He wrote: I do not take lightly the fears and pains of those students who felt victimized by the ‘Trump 2016’ chalkings around campus, and I try my best to support oppressed groups on campus.
‘The duty of a newspaper to give a voice to the voiceless surpasses that of echoing those in power. I acknowledge again that Donald Trump is unlike any recent candidate who has lasted to this stage of a presidential election and that, for many Emory students, support of him holds a different connotation than support for Hillary Clinton or John Kasich.
‘It is nonetheless necessary to ask those protesters what would happen should the tables be turned. Suppose we had a different administration.
‘Suppose it was ruled that protests, such as the one on Tuesday, made Trump supporters feel threatened on campus. Freedom of speech works both ways, and its hindrance affects both sides.
‘It is not the role of an institution that is devoted to the critical education of its students to tell those students which opinions they are allowed to have.’
He tried to be fair and balanced, to diplomatically point out the disparity, but his opinions drew some harsh comments.
It drew a handful of scathing comments, including one which read: ‘While this response is inadequate in countering the anti-democratic impulses of the students frightened by chalk, it is at least better than limp, coddling responses from administrators, who are letting students with the maturity of 10-year-olds drive the conversation and campus policy.
‘Mr. Hudak–in this context, you shouldn’t even engage in the question of whether Trump is ‘an offensive man.’
‘The crybaby students forfeited any expectation of an open discussion with their demands that any talk or chalk of Trump should be banished from their fantasyland.’
Another read: ‘I have no idea how you kids will survive once you get out into the real world. People have different opinions than you. You need to grow up, and fast.’
One person also wrote: ‘Within a year I am ashamed of both my undergraduate college (Yale) and my graduate university (Emory Law, ’77).
There is not much sympathy for those who are afraid of a little political debate and chalk dust.
Source: Daily Mail