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“We are in pain”: Students ‘triggered’ after seeing pro-Trump message

Image via emory.edu.

Image via emory.edu.

Sidewalk chalk messages in support of a candidate now constitute “triggering.” At Emory University, after “Trump 2016” messages were seen on campus, students protested and met with the school’s president. The student government association offered emergency counseling.

The incident prompted an epic rant from Fox Sports’ Clay Travis. He points to how the incident contributes to “proving that this generation of college students continues to establish themselves as the biggest pussies in American history…”

The email regarding counseling in part reads:

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.

Students carried signs reading “Stop Trump” and “Stop Hate.” A student leader demanded administrators speak to them because “we are in pain.” Other chants claimed “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

Faculty were accused of “supporting this rhetoric by not ending it.” One student decried “I’m supposed to feel comfortable and safe,” and that “I don’t deserve to feel afraid at my school.”

Travis also mentioned that Emory being in Georgia means Trump will win electoral votes there.

The incident occurred the same day as the Brussels attack. Yet students came together over pain and anguish caused by chalk.

The student quotes came from The Emory Wheel, which includes updates and the promise for more as they come in. The piece, which needed several contributors, is titled “Emory Students Express Discontent With Administrative Response to Trump Chalkings.” 

The editor-in-chief posted a response Wednesday. It’s a step, but parts of his letter still reflects a problem when he notes “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.”

Robby Soave, who covered the incident for Reason, did a follow-up of how the “Emory University President Vows to Hunt Down Student Whose ‘Trump 2016’ Message Wrecked Safe Space.” What a witch hunt. Trump supporters on that campus, may want their own safe space, but they’re not so sensitive and PC obsessed.


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