Emory students frightened by word “Trump” in chalk on sidewalk

This is a spoof, right? They’re not seriously saying this are they?

Emory University students say they are “in pain” and “afraid” after someone left pro-Donald Trump chalk messages on their Atlanta campus, according to the student newspaper. “I’m supposed to feel comfortable and safe” here,” The Emory Wheel quoted one unnamed student as saying. “But this man is being supported by students on our campus and our administration shows that they, by their silence, support it as well. … I don’t deserve to feel afraid at my school.”

The chalkings appeared overnight, saying “Trump 2016,” according to the newspaper. About 40 students held a protest demanding action from the administration, chanting “You are not listening! Come speak to us, we are in pain!”

At least the Vietnam era lot had chants that rhymed.

“I legitimately feared for my life,” Paula Camila Alarcon, a freshman at Emory who identifies as Latino, told The Daily Beast. “I thought we were having a KKK rally on campus.”

“It was deliberate intimidation. Some of us were expecting shootings. We feared walking alone,” freshman Jonathan Peraza added.

Is Emory a special school for the short bus kids?

Seriously, the name of a candidate you don’t like very much, OK, but still a legitimate candidate in a legitimate election and no one is allowed to write his name on your campus? H
ow about someone setting up a Students for Trump society? That allowed? Or not?

College president Jim Wagner met with the students, who expressed anxiety that the writings were threats to their safety rather than political speech, considering Georgia’s Republican primary was held earlier this month.

“The students shared with me their concern that these messages were meant to intimidate rather than merely to advocate for a particular candidate, having appeared outside of the context of a Georgia election or campus campaign activity,” Wagner wrote in a university-wide email Tuesday. “During our conversation, they voiced their genuine concern and pain in the face of this perceived intimidation.”

And you sir are a disgrace. Your job is to educate these children. Including telling them not to be so damn stupid.

Jeebus, fire the fucker on the Admiral Byng precedent.

38 thoughts on “Emory students frightened by word “Trump” in chalk on sidewalk”

  1. Going by recent cases in US ‘universities’, it’s almost certainly been done by the complainers themselves, so they can milk it for maximum benefit…

  2. The Yankee Left have got themselves into a terrible bate. They think Trump really is America’s Hitler. It would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

    The mystery is why Godwin’s Law never applies to Lefties, apparently.

  3. “I don’t deserve to feel afraid at my school . . . I legitimately feared for my life”

    Seriously?

    My opinion:

    In 20 years educated pansies like these would ordinarily be ready to assume leadership roles in American business, government, military, religious institutions, etc. And many will be parents.

    But these are not ordinary times. In 20 years, I suppose the implementation of Sharia law will be well under way, and these pansies will have long since learned about true “legitimate” fear; fear that they actually, you know, deserve as payback for their craven cluelessness today.

    Oh I used to be a Caliphate-denier. But it’s looking more and more like the political science is settled.

  4. I wonder, is it possible to chart, on an x-y axis, this kind of micro-hysteria against the reaction of the general public to the same provocation?

  5. Purge the Unis of leftist scum as both teachers and Red Guard student trash.

    Give them something to boo hoo about.

  6. Admiral Byng was a poor admiral but a great man.
    Convicted by his brethren of cowardice in the face of the enemy he did his duty and signed his own death warrant.
    I very seriously doubt we have anyone alive with that sense of duty.
    And I’m damn sure you won’t find any in the field of education.

  7. @John Fembup

    “But these are not ordinary times. In 20 years, I suppose the implementation of Sharia law will be well under way, and these pansies will have long since learned about true “legitimate” fear; fear that they actually, you know, deserve as payback for their craven cluelessness today.”

    These tw*ts will be the first to bow down to their new, bearded, masters. Kill them all – ’til it hurts.

  8. So is King Kong a student at Emory declaring his support for Donald Trump? And he is doing so by chalking a message while no-one can see him?
    ER?
    What this report shows is that the supporters of Trump at Emory are chalking on the floor at night because they are scared of PC bullies.
    Wake up!

  9. In 1988, there was – and I’m not kidding – a military coup at Loughborough University.

    The Student’s Union (meeting in the Steve Biko Auditorium of the Nelson Mandela Building, ISYN) declared that as well as banning Barclays Bank and all Nestle products from campus, they would also make it a demilitarised zone where the UOTC, ATS et al could not recruit and where military uniform would be forbidden. In classic Student Union style, so few of the usual teenage Trots were present that the meeting wasn’t quorate, but the motion would be passed automatically at the next meeting unless challenged by a majority from the floor.

    At the next meeting, pretty much the entire Loughborough contingent of East Midlands UOTC turned up, fell in in three ranks outside the building, and then marched in (along with a few RN and RAF addenda); proposing a vote of no confidence in the current student executive, which was passed overwhelmingly, then rejecting the proposed demilitarisation of campus, before appointing 2Lt Toby Ellwood as President.

    Can’t claim to have known Toby well during my time there or at EMUOTC (my few impressions were positive, probably why he ended up in Parliament) but he stood on a platform of “washing machines in the laundry kept serviceable, decent bands booked on Fridays, cheaper beer in the bars, and… er… that’s it as far as most of my constituency care” which seemed to work quite well.

    But that was a campus heavily biased towards engineering, science and sport, where the tolerance for political bollocks only lasted as long as it didn’t actually intrude onto anyone’s life. (With hindsight the grounds for the revolt might have been laid when the SU tried to ban Viz from the newsagents and the newsies refused to drop what was probably their single best-selling title, daring the SU Trots to kick them out and bear the blame for “no shop for weeks” then “new shop’s rubbish, bring the old one back”)

    Am I right in my belief that this sort of hoofwankery is rather more prevalent among the softer subjects, than those where you have to be able to do hard sums or where output is correlated to input? I hate to sound like a grumpy old fart, but when I see CVs from candidates who’ve spent years of their lives and tens of thousands of pounds to get a 2:2 in “Water Sports Centre Management” (instead of spending those years working in a water sports centre, earning money, using the kit out of hours, actually learning what a water sports centre ought to do and what its problems are…) I have to fight back feelings of despair for the future.

    On the other hand, I really shouldn’t encourage folk into engineering and science, since I’m now pulling down a six-figure income as a consultant because there aren’t enough good engineers with the right domain knowledge and decent people skills to go around these days. (Okay, it’s only just six figures, and all before VAT, tax et al, but allow me my boastful moment in the spotlight…)

  10. @ Jason Lynch
    “Washing machines in the laundry kept serviceable” – this was a right-wing agenda as far back as my time.

  11. “Jeebus, fire the fucker on the Admiral Byng precedent.”

    I agree – fire him.

    But Byng was more scapegoat than anything else.

    He made an arguably good decision, the consequences of which embarrassed some politicians and senior bureaucrats and they tossed him under the bus.

    *This guy*? Wagner surrendered so fast the French would have been embarrassed.

  12. “Pat
    March 24, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Admiral Byng was a poor admiral but a great man.
    Convicted by his brethren of cowardice in the face of the enemy he did his duty and signed his own death warrant.”

    That’s the thing – he *wasn’t* convicted of cowardice or dereliction – simply of ‘not doing his utmost’.

    “The court martial sitting. . . acquitted him of personal cowardice and disaffection, and convicted him only for not having done his utmost, . . .own. Once the court determined that Byng had “failed to do his utmost”, it had no discretion over punishment . . . and therefore condemned Byng to death. However, its members recommended that the Lords of the Admiralty ask King George II to exercise his royal prerogative of mercy.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Byng

    You are right that he did his duty (as he saw it – to preserve the fleet and sailors as he didn’t think he could successfully complete his mission with the resources he had) and was killed for it.

  13. The best explanation I have come across for this sort of behaviour was in the comments at David Thompson’s blog. It was suggested that this is simply a welfare program for the dim middle classes: the government provides “loans” (which are never likely to be repaid) to allow those kids too dim for serious subjects but otherwise unemployable in the modern economy to study nonsense subjects; these people then need armies of administrators (in both the government and universities) to run the programmes and mollycoddle the kids; the kids then go into these adminstration jobs when they’re done “studying”, or into other government admin. positions which shouldn’t exist. The more these idiots act up, the more government money is hosed around and the more administrators are needed.

    It’s as simple as that: it’s a welfare program, nothing to do with education. I’d have preferred to see the steel mills kept open than this, at least overpriced steel can be used for something.

  14. I’d be assassinated in under a week.

    Let the septics fry their own fish. After all they’ve cooked their own goose.

    Our aim should be to squelch these Red Guard capers over here.

    By purging the Unis.

  15. All this collaboration with the US has, on the other hand ,done us a power of good has it not? American armed jihadis push Russians out of Afghanistan; then spread all over Middle East which they reduce to ruins;refugees spread all over Europe along with jihadi sleepers ; the deSovietisation of Poland and the satellite countries sees firms like Cadbury’s( American takeover)decamp to Poland for cheap labour ( with 100% work ethic): the special relationship only appears to work one way. We do not have a defence policy; we have Nato which is American dominated and they own the ICBM’s .
    Anti Americanism was once a strong Tory tradition with Enoch Powell its last embodiment, if a touch extreme. It was defeated at Suez when the Americans organised a run on the pound and instructed the World Bank not to let Eden and co withdraw our money. Was not the Suez canal in our sphere of influence ? What the fuck was the USA interfering there for? And in Afghanistan? In deposing Saddam Hussein? In fucking around in the Ukraine?
    You lot all appear to be American collaborationists so you won’t find the idea of President Trump alarming will you ?
    NB the original European project was to create an internal market of 300million customers and suppliers and to treat the US and USSR as if they didn’t exist.
    BTW I would describe myself as merely Americano sceptic:I have ramped up the rhetoric to counter all this witch hunting of Socialists who have not created an Evil Empire .

  16. Tim N: It was suggested that this is simply a welfare program for the dim middle classes

    I only wish that that were true but as the business in Oxford over Oriel College and the statue of Cecil Rhodes shows, it’s an entire generation of students and feeble, hand-wringing faculties.

  17. I see that ‘things I don’t agree with’ is butting right up to ‘hate speech’ now. Any bets on how many weeks it’ll be before the two are always the same?

  18. I’m sure that when I went to Uni in the 1980s the prospectuseses all said something like: going to university is more than education, it will provide you with be challenging life experiences, you will meet many people with different backgrounds and opinions, blah blah etc. In other words: you’re an adult now! You’re now entering the scarey real world. GROW UP!

  19. Reedy: The US Federal tyranny ARE socialistic scum–just like you and your buddies they support the state over the individual and practice it to.

    The Feds care about no one except themselves. They may help cronies–but only as long as cronies kiss arse in return. In short fairly typical late 20th Century socialism. Corporate –cos no one likes black bread–but still rotten, self-serving and evil.

    Your only gripe is that aren’t bashing /murdering/robbing the people you want bashed/murdered/robbed rather than those you do want bashed/murdered/robbed.

    ps–No socialist evil empire–says the ?. I was going to say stormtrooper but Reedy probably couldn’t get his pipe inside the helmet and they don’t do the space suit with leather patches on the elbows so I guess not. Reedy is much more like that like weasel-creature that used to hide under Jabba the Hut’s arse.

  20. Errata:”Your only gripe is that aren’t bashing /murdering/robbing the people you want bashed/murdered/robbed rather than those you do (not) want bashed/murdered/robbed.”

  21. Jesus Wept: “Your only gripe is that (they) aren’t bashing /murdering/robbing the people you want bashed/murdered/robbed rather than those you do (not) want bashed/murdered/robbed.”

  22. I guarantee that in a few years some lecturer or students defending capitalism will also be accused of creating fear and unsafe spaces. The next milton friedman wont be argued with from the floor of his/her tours to american campuses, they will be branded dangerous and no platformed.

    No doubt Trump is a monster, but chalking his name makes a place unsafe? What is to stop defenders/supporters of capitalism being shoehorned into the category of beyond the pale.

    You can imagine the arguments: ‘capitalism spread over the world through imperialism and helped created racism. Its continued existence causes oppression all over the world and is bad for minorities, women, LGBT people, the differently abled etc etc.’

  23. I only wish that that were true but as the business in Oxford over Oriel College and the statue of Cecil Rhodes shows, it’s an entire generation of students and feeble, hand-wringing faculties.

    Nah, I think it’s an entire generation of non-STEM students. Those kicking up stink over Cecil Rhodes are the very clowns I’m talking about.

  24. The Meissen Bison

    I wish it was as easy as that but arts or humanities undergraduates (as you’ll have guessed, I was one) are meant to deal with ideas – it’s the stock in trade of their disciplines.

    And the administrators and academics running these places are drawn from arts and science backgrounds and they are jointly and severally pusillanimous in the face of these big petulant children that they enrol.

    The staggering thing is that people are happy to spend £27k just to be safe when they could do this for free by spending three years in their bedrooms with their games console with occasional forays on twitter in search of outrage.

  25. Anybody involved in raising this grievance with the authorities at Emory should be given a choice – Forced emigration to either North Korea or ISIS held territory – let’s see if they are ‘feeling in pain’ after 6 months!

  26. So why isn’t chalking ‘Sanders’ on a pavement also hate speech? After all, he comes from a tradition where they lock you up in a Gulag for dissent.

  27. “Nah, I think it’s an entire generation of non-STEM students. Those kicking up stink over Cecil Rhodes are the very clowns I’m talking about.”

    The good news is that a great many Humanities students don’t buy into this nonsense. The fuss is all caused by the same sorts of idiots who were around in my undergraduate days, who were considered laughable clowns even by the likes of me when I was a student left-winger.

    But the bad news is that these dicks have been emboldended by left-wing (and jelly-spined) administrators who happily give in to them. And now it’s starting to spread to more students, because the current generation is a fertile ground for this crap because too many of them have been cotton-woolled by their parents and the schools.

    So while I did say that many students think this stuff is rubbish, there’s still a worry that if the crybullies get some more numbers behind them then the administrators will have even more excuse to start buying in white flags in bulk.

  28. “I guarantee that in a few years some lecturer or students defending capitalism will also be accused of creating fear and unsafe spaces.”

    Oh, that’s already happened.

    “The staggering thing is that people are happy to spend £27k just to be safe when they could do this for free by spending three years in their bedrooms with their games console with occasional forays on twitter in search of outrage.”

    Not staggering at all. They don’t pay — the government picks up the bill. They only have to pay it back gradually once they start making a decent salary.

    “Purge the Unis of leftist scum as both teachers and Red Guard student trash.”

    Well, that’s not going to happen. A more realistic goal is to abolish the student loan scheme (or else make it so that you have to pay it back far more quickly, and then, a few years later once students have got used to that, abolish it).

    Another problem is the existence of the public service, government-funded fake charities, and endless HR departments in the private sector (the latter virtually mandated by government legislation). As long as there are cushy, well-paid jobs in those areas then the demand for BS Humanties degrees will continue even if you (or Daddy) have to pay foir it yourself up front.

  29. So Much For Subtlety

    In passing, a widow has pushed Britain’s major retailers into restricting the sales of knives:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3507804/Grieving-widow-forces-retail-giants-restrict-sales-knives-husband-stabbed-death-Poundland.html

    And a woman has gone into hysterical meltdown – egged on by her friends and Twitter – because Aldi sells a paint named after rapeseed:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3509124/Aldi-forced-change-paint-labelled-rape-yellow-complaints-sex-assault-victim.html

    It isn’t a small group of non-STEM students. It is everyone.

  30. I hardly think that counts as ‘bullshit’. The fact remains that a bunch of students had a paddy about some chalked pro Trump slogans, and the university authorities pandered to their childish strop, rather than telling them to grow up and deal with the reality of political discourse. Exactly what words were said and whether ‘counselling’ was offered is not the point. The fact some students can’t deal with some chalked words without having a fit of the vapours is.

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