The delicate political sensibilities of many leftist students at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia were shaken to the core last week when they happened upon the message “Trump 2016” scrawled in white chalk on campus sidewalks. Some of them began crying out pitifully that it was threatening and made them feel no longer safe at the school.
Can you imagine that? Just the name “Trump” written on the sidewalk is enough to scare the crap out of some poor little college kids. So they protested to the university president chanting: “You are not listening! Come speak to us, we are in pain... 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.”
And the president felt their pain and took genuine pity on them. “After meeting with our students, I cannot dismiss their expression of feelings and concern as motivated only by political preference or over-sensitivity. Instead, the students with whom I spoke heard a message, not about political process or candidate choice, but instead about values regarding diversity and respect that clash with Emory’s own,” he declared.
To them, Donald Trump is a racist monster and every single word that flows from his mouth is “hate speech.”
The Emory Latino Student Organization posted a statement declaring: “Yesterday, the Emory community was witness to an act of cowardice, when someone decided to plaster pro-Donald Trump slogans all over campus… They did not do this merely to support the presidential candidate, but to promote the hate and discrimination that goes along with him. While some students only see the name of a potential nominee, others see hostility and venom which promises to destroy lives. The Emory Latino Student Organization condemns this as an act meant to instigate division on our campus. We have the freedom of speech in this country to express different ideas. But it is un-American to support hatred against others, and that is exactly what Donald Trump is doing.”
Wow! Things have changed a lot since I was in college. I never thought I would live to see a day when the mere mention of a candidate’s name would invoke palpable fear and pain in adult human beings.
Even if Trump was a racist, and he most certainly is not, it is hard for me to comprehend that the mere mention of his name on a college campus could cause so much…infantile angst at Emory.