Letter from the Editor-in-Chief

Dear Emory Community,

Over the past few days, we have been confronted with controversy, fear and demand for change surrounding the chalking of “Trump 2016” and other phrases in support of the Republican presidential nomination frontrunner. The Wheel’s Editorial Board discussed extensively the position that the paper would like to take and, as our hour of print approaches, we have realized that the discontent on campus requires more nuance and cannot be addressed as hastily as our editorial process would have required.

The Editorial Board agreed that Donald Trump is an offensive man. Publicly, he has made racist, sexist and xenophobic statements. For many students, their concern is more palpable than mine – it is a concern not merely of what will become of the country should Trump be elected, but one of what will become of their own lives. Trump has changed the game, so to speak. I was proud to be an Emory student when I saw students protesting on the Quad and voicing their concerns regarding their mental and physical safety on campus.

But the very idea that allowed students to speak up — especially those who felt attacked by the Trump chalkings — is under siege by those very same student protesters. The legendary U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote that “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants,” and this holds true here. Institutionally prohibiting an ignorant, hurtful or violent idea does not destroy it; it allows the idea to grow and worsen in the shadows, far from the moderating effects of public scrutiny. The best way to destroy an idea is to confront it.

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.

I urge the Emory community to respond to me, respond to our news coverage and respond to the campus climate surrounding the chalkings and protests. I will also be holding open office hours 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 25, in my office on the fifth floor of the Dobbs University Center (DUC), and I encourage those who find fault with this letter to speak with or email me.

The Editorial Board will continue to move toward an official stance over the next days, but a constructive conversation over free speech at Emory can exist only with a total allowance of speech — and with a concerted effort to remain sensitive and respectful toward the opposition and its views. Protesters, protest. Chalkers, chalk. Let us not forget each side of an argument is reliant on its opposition for progress.

If we shut down the opposition, we lose our purpose as a university. We lose the courage to inquire, and we lose the ability to engage with the contention that we will encounter outside of the Emory community.

Sincerely,

Zak Hudak,

Editor-in-Chief

225 comments

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    Smugglers 3 years ago

    Cheers Zak, a sane and heartening response to the panicked ninnies on your campus.

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    efalken 3 years ago

    Shame, Zak, for being so ‘nuanced’ on such a flagrantly pathetic and illiberal objective.

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    ITHriana 3 years ago

    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.

    Interesting. So even Clinton and Kasich are kind of heresies. Look at how Sanders fanboys keep suppressing free speech.

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      anon 3 years ago

      Well the approach of some Trump supporters to opposition is not much healthier (just physically assault people). Hillary doesn’t need her supporters to act out as kind of like Trump (Trump does well by simply getting media coverage, whether we perceive it as good or bad), the media has her covered (various media sources have a subconscious bias against her and it becomes obvious. I kind of support her, but I do acknowledge that the bias is real and unfortunate. I argue that media should be more effective at covering others such as Cruz as he is a more sneaky and intelligent version of Trump…I wonder if supporting him would elicit the same result or is he shielded via bein hispanic).

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        Aunty Mame 3 years ago

        I refer you to the comment by Tim1776 earlier. I do not support the Trump candidacy, but, as a woman who has followed the Clintons since the 1960’s,
        I contend that she does not deserve your support or vote. We need to find an honest, decent person who believes/supports our Constitution and Bill of Rights. I wish I could see this person on the horizon.

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    Karen 3 years ago

    When a journalist gives credence to fake victimization, it diminishes all victims. Reading chalk writing does not make you a victim. Journalists who give equal weight to ridiculous claims of harm to that of actual harm are no longer objective – they are part of a cult.

    Even far-left liberal website Gawker is mocking the Emory students and their “fear”. That a newspaper editor would invite students to discuss their fears of chalk and democracy is why journalists are ranked below used car salesman. So weird The Emory Wheel hasn’t mentioned the oppressive dictator in Cuba being lauded by the US government. Might have to discuss jailed political dissidents. At least no chalk was involved.

    The liberal logic today: you cannot fear islamic terrorism but you can fear chalk.

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      pmags 3 years ago

      I don’t disagree but the sad fact is that Mr. Hudak’s response is far more mature than anything we’ve yet to hear from the Emory administration – at least he’s acknowledged the existence of freedom of expression. And I think we have to understand that he’s in a tough spot – if he doesn’t give at least some credence to the hysteria gripping far too many of his fellow students, he’d be forced out of his position (with the acquiescence of a feckless administration) and probably have to transfer.

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        Karen 3 years ago

        I disagree. Mr. Hudak gives credibility to irrational and ridiculous claims of fear. Mr. Hudak surrendered and sold out to appease the hysterical mob who want to shut down our democracy. Mr. Hudak would be an honorable man if he resigned instead of surrendering to mob rule. He chose to do the dishonorable thing.

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      Brian 3 years ago

      So you’re saying that by giving credence to an issue of free speech, Mr. Hudak’s own free speech should then be infringed? By voluntarily silencing himself?

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        JRoberts 3 years ago

        Freedom of Speech cannot be infringed if the decision not to speak is voluntary. That choice is itself an exercise of that freedom.

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      LOLOMFG 3 years ago

      University presidents too.

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    roccolore 3 years ago

    Fascist Democrats are now afraid of chalk.

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    MiddleageLiberal 3 years ago

    Within a year I am ashamed of both my undergraduate college (Yale) and my graduate university (Emory Law, ’77). I am a liberal supporter of Clinton and Sanders (the former by a shade) and I want to shout at the thin-skinned crybabies on these campuses who are so obsessed with “safe spaces” and so dismissive of free speech values: “GROW THE F*** UP !”

    Congrats, Zak, on defending free speech values.

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      Archie Bunker 3 years ago

      Safe spaces are killing us, and people wonder why this generation can’t handle adversity…

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    Archie Bunker 3 years ago

    Good luck with that. I work in one and I have Trump 2016 all over my office. I will gladly educate anyone that inquires about my choice. America is still a free country (for LEGAL citizens). Today’s college campus is a festering liberal craphole that is a disgrace to call higher education.

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    Brian Mayes 3 years ago

    Such delicate snowflakes. This generation is in for a rude awakening when they enter the workforce. I mean, customers at Starbucks can be quite demanding.

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    quotidian 3 years ago

    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.

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    Nat Alee 3 years ago

    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.

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    mr k 3 years ago

    Emory used to be a highly regarded institution. wtf happened? I wish this was a parody. You need to grow up.

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    Steve Scarborough 3 years ago

    College campuses are supposed to be free speech zones.

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    Andrew X 3 years ago

    Editors: “I do not take lightly the fears and pains of those students who felt victimized by the “Trump 2016” chalkings around campus….”

    Emory President James Wagner: “After meeting with our students, I cannot dismiss their expression of feelings and concern….”

    Mr. President…. YES YOU CAN!!!! Editors, TAKE THEM LIGHTLY!!!! Understand that you are doing them NO favors, no favors at all, by elevating the ideal that “I feel, therefore it is truth”, when the whole idea is preposterous, insane, and malignant. If they can propose valid, logical reasons and facts, and structure them into a legitimate case that they should feel “unsafe” because of chalk, then let them so argue. But their feelings are every bit as valid as the 14 year old girl who knows that her love for Justin Beiber is unlike any love that has ever existed in the history of time, I just know it….

    These children are embarrassing, absolutely embarrassing, and I cannot believe they present themselves in public in a manner that normal people 20 years ago would be humiliated to ever show themselves again were they to indulge in such mawkish and immature conduct.

    Final thought: What happens to children when you validate EVERY single thought, idea, and want that they ever come up with, all through their development? How do they turn out? Uh huh. And this reality somehow totally eludes current college administrators en toto? Are you kidding?? And these are children, no question, and by their own desire.

    TAKE THEM LIGHTLY! DISMISS THEIR “FEARS” (puh-freeking-leeease). With prejudice. And stop killing our young people’s souls to make yourselves feel better. That is your own selfishness to the Nth degree. They will be better humans for it, no possible argument.

    A civilization is at stake, if not lost already.

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      Aunty Mame 3 years ago

      Absolutely, right on!

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      LOLOMFG 3 years ago

      Yeah.
      His response should have been, “GTFO of my office. We have freedom of speech in this country, and especially on this campus. Take your fascist mob of pansies somewhere else.”
      We clearly need more veterans in college administration positions.

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        cebohn 3 years ago

        Hoorah!!

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      Ragnar__Danneskjold 3 years ago

      When I went to college Mexican was a nationality not a race, especially in regard to immigration. Oh well.

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    ronwf 3 years ago

    “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.”

    Based on my observations, I speculate their answer would be “But their views are evil. They should feel threatened. They should BE threatened. They are wrong and they should leave Emory.”

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    tim1776 3 years ago

    Many of those protesters support Hillary Clinton. She is the one candidate whose husband sexually harassed women and she called the victimized women liars and allegedly threatened one of them if she didn’t shut up. Clinton offends me to my core. Their support for Clinton offends me.

    But part of my being an adult is accepting that other citizens will proudly support a candidate that I clearly see as a rape apologist. They’ll even tell me how special they are for supporting that candidate. If I can deal with their support of a rape apologist, then they should be able to deal with others’ support of a celebrity game show host.

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      Aunty Mame 3 years ago

      I, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Emory, agree totally with your comments. Well said.

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      ITHriana 3 years ago

      Over 95% of the current students support Sanders, but they will certainly vote Clinton if she won the final nomination. For most of them, Republicans are born with sin.

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        KiteFlyer89 3 years ago

        Kind of a random fact, but I suspect Emory students actually favor Clinton over Bernie. Clinton does better at the kind of private universities where these speech concerns become an issue (New Republic wrote about this), which also tend to be wealthier areas.

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          ITHriana 3 years ago

          Well, lots of faculty members and senior scholars do favor Clinton. But from what I can see on the social network, Mr. Socialist is Emory students’ favorite so far.

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        Emoryconservative11 3 years ago

        I’d like to think there are a lot of closet libertarians and conservatives. They just keep a low profile. I agree that a majority of these students support Bernie, but not that high of a number

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    peter palladas 3 years ago

    Unbelievable, utterly unbelievable. You cannot believe with what disbelieving contempt the real world views your juvenile – nay infantile – bleatings. Get a grip, grow up and, above all, look up away from your pathetic self-obsession. You talk of ‘pain’? Look to the dead and the dying in Brussels. That’s pain, sorrow, suffering and agony. You people haven’t a clue, not one.

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      Aunty Mame 3 years ago

      Hear! Hear! I echo your comments.

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      The 6 Horse 3 years ago

      “B-But this is what they’re doing at other schools. I’m threatened too. Marginalized. Um, safe spaces. My deep pain. Institutional, uh, something. And stuff.”

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    wsmy1981 3 years ago

    So if Donald Trump is different from past presidential candidates, does that mean that past characterizations of Nixon, Reagan, and the two Bushes as racist were unjustified? The Wheel does not have the moral courage to denounce those past characterizations, do you?

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    Caleb Powell 3 years ago

    “Suppose it was ruled that protests, such as the one on Tuesday, made Trump supporters feel threatened on campus.”

    Well done, Zak. Not all’s lost on campus. At the same time, you’re being a little soft on the protesters. They are in the wrong, period. While Trump is a doof, the response is not greater idiocy. They’re in “pain” because someone wrote “Trump 2016”?

    If Emory students want their degree to have weight in the future, best they call out the regressive bigots (and those students protesting are as bigoted, ideologically, as Trump), the sooner the better.

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    Jeff Ames 3 years ago

    “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.”

    Truly, does anyone believe that someone on that campus feels some sincere pain, or is experiencing fear, because of – a new term in my lexicon – ‘chalkings’…? They don’t. This is another example of a contrived response in order to shut down opinions. That in and of itself is bad enough, but the fact that the administration is aligning itself with this offensive cr**? Both disappointing and scary – scary that our college campuses are becoming dangerous places for folks who are voice opinions that aren’t the right opinions.

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      The 6 Horse 3 years ago

      Groupthink is powerful. Feelings of pain can be contagious, even if inauthentic.

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    erformc 3 years ago

    Anyone offended or was “in pain” by these chalk writings should be identified and mercilessly mocked.

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    Red Ghost 3 years ago

    ” 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.”

    Was this actually written by an adult???

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      Its2005 3 years ago

      No. A kid.

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        Owen Kellogg 3 years ago

        But technically an adult because I’m sure he’s at least 18. These “students” are pathetic, future Stalinists. Oh wait, most of these “students?” probably don’t even know what that is. I’m sure they know what a Kardashian is though.

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          Its2005 3 years ago

          Gotcha. I was actuallysaying he was a kid in maturity and judgement. Don’t care what the birth certificate says.

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    USA_objector 3 years ago

    Bad news for Emory crybullies. The Real World doesn’t have safe spaces to protect you against other people’s Constitutionally-guaranteed Freedom of Speech. If you have a hissy fit over someone putting the name of their preferred Republican nominee on a sidewalk in chalk, you’d better cancel your plans to get a job in the Real World after graduation and tell Mommy you’re going to be hiding out in her basement with a lifetime supply of Hot Pockets and Kardashian re-runs because you need A SAFE SPACE to cower.

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    djb813 3 years ago

    Could you share some direct racist, sexist and xenophobic quotes from Trump? The leftist Brownshirts hate conservatives and republicans and falsely accuse them of all of the ism’s until the lemmings believe it. The true bigots are on the left. They are extremely intolerant and judgmental not to mention self-righteous. This non-story/story is just the latest example of leftists censoring anyone who may happen to have beliefs and values different from them. If seeing or hearing something that is different from your beliefs causes fear in you, then you are as fragile as a snowflake and will melt any time you face the slightest heat in your life, like when you have to start paying back your student loans and are making sandwiches at Subway.

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      The 6 Horse 3 years ago

      These are people who can’t think for themselves, can’t form their own opinions. Witness the carbon copy complaints nationwide, at all of these demonstrations. “I don’t feel safe.” That’s laughable. Has even one student been harmed as a result of the circumstances that supposedly prompt these feelings of endangerment? No. Yet the peculiar claim tops the list of complaints at every single university protest. Nobody in the 60’s and 70’s ever protested with “I don’t feel safe.” Then again, our protests weren’t anywhere near as self-centered. We protested the Vietnam War and other big matters. A candidate’s chalk-written name? We’d have been laughed at, called ridiculous.

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    Emoryconservative11 3 years ago

    1) The chalk is going to wash away after one rainy day.
    2) Isn’t Wagner going to step down soon anyway? He should learn from University of Missouri’s mistakes and make sure we’re not the next laughing stock of US universities. If he doesn’t address it in a way that tells these kids to grow up, you’ll have less people applying to Emory and donations from alumni drying up.
    3) Watch what steps are going to be taken. It should not go any farther than Conduct Council. At most, if they find the person, they’ll get a slap on the wrist (a few hours of community service). It’s funny since people chalk ALL THE TIME without a ‘permit’

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      LOLOMFG 3 years ago

      Too late.

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    Adam Vant 3 years ago

    What a whiny little baby. Trump 2016!

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    LOLOMFG 3 years ago

    “I do not take lightly the fears and pains of those students who felt victimized”
    You may as well.
    The rest of the world does.

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      Hillsthatbloom 3 years ago

      Compared to Brussels, This issue swirling Emory, is pitiful nonsense. Pathetic.

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        LOLOMFG 3 years ago

        Compared to the events one is likely to encounter on a daily basis at any job site, this is pitiful nonsense.

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    JVW 3 years ago

    “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.”

    Certainly so. And for other Emory students, loathing of Hillary Clinton — a woman who has shown no compunction about lying, perjuring herself, raising illegal money from dubious sources, slandering women who accuse her husband of sexual misconduct, and consorting with some of the most vile and disgusting political operatives seen since Nixon was a fresh face in politics — is the equivalent to the crybullies’ loathing of Donald Trump. So what position will your editorial board take if and when Emory students decide they are offended and made to feel unsafe by the mere presence of Hillary Clinton campaign signs and graffiti, seeing as how she has proven to be such a disgusting politician and awful human being?

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      JVW 3 years ago

      And if you answer is “We wouldn’t do anything because to us support for Hillary Clinton isn’t nearly as bad as support for Donald Trump,” then you have merely proven my point.

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    Hillsthatbloom 3 years ago

    Zak, get ready for a culture shock. As per the great BOB DYLAN :Times they are a changin!

    Please make this Chalk correction all over campus: TRUMP 2016 – 2024!

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    Yeshua Can 3 years ago

    Well said Mr. Hudak! As an Emory alum I believe most students come to inquire and engage, as you say.

    It is apparent to me that students who voice angry protest and condemnation of the innocent administration over the peaceful minutiae, such as mention of a major candidate’s name, already have it in their minds to condemn and to teach, rather than inquire and to learn; they prefer to manipulate rather than to engage. I cannot for the life of me understand how one can intellectually justify taking such protests seriously, unless by some reprehensible coercion, they threaten you either physically or occupationally, as perhaps they did to President Wagner?

    It cannot be that these students came to college with open minds to learn than then while learning are so fragile as to claim to lose their sense of personal security when a foreign concept is introduced to them, (to occupy the President of a University for an hour to complain about this? …to openly weep?). If that were the case, then they have shown themselves entirely unfit for Emory or any other university. Does Emory wish to change its motto, from “the wise heart seeks knowledge” to “the squeaky wheel gets greased”?

    Their goal cannot be high-minded or principled, and it appears certain that their aim is nothing less than to silence all opposition. Good for you, when you stand up to them!

    I have sympathy for you, and for Wagner. I hope his successor, and yours, do not degenerate your positions by condoning such squeaky, manipulative and immature behavior.

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      972 3 years ago

      Wonderful post.

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      cebohn 3 years ago

      I pray the institution finds the fortitude and courage to make this a teachable moment. Pull these fragile children into an auditorium and educate them on free speech, open discussion, respect for others, and humility.

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        Tim LaBard 3 years ago

        Won’t happen because that’s not in their manifesto.

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    KiteFlyer89 3 years ago

    You’re being a little too generous in your assessment of the protests, but by and large thanks for the sanity.

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    mdsman 3 years ago

    Whilst I don’t agree with all you said, you are showing maturitiy and rational thinking.

    I would like a specific exampole of Trump’s “racist, sexist and xenophobic statements”.
    Sadly, your editorial may be to little, to late.
    the reputation of Emory is now so tarnished, it can no longer be considered a serious school and no rational parent or employer would consider it a viable option.

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    PhysicsWon 3 years ago

    ” I do not take lightly the fears and pains of those students … and I try my best to support oppressed groups on campus.” Oh, so you support Trump supporters and conservatives on campus? They are the only people being oppressed and who should fear, now that Big Brother is going to look through security tapes to try to find the “evildoers” who perpetrated this “outrage” by expressing their opinions. I am sure that show trials and mandatory Maoist self-criticism will follow once names are named. Who knows, maybe even suspension or expulsion. That’s the ticket! Or at least the ticket to a big payoff in the lawsuit against Emory.

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      Its2005 3 years ago

      I was impressed by the chalkers use of chalk. That was very respectful. They could have used sharpies or spray paint. Nice people, those conservatives. ?

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    fedup 3 years ago

    As an Emory alum I cannot be more embarrassed of the school than I am now. I’ve had my doubts based on other events in the past but this confirms for me that regardless of ranking Emory is no longer a top educational institution. These students and President Wagner should be embarrassed. I will personally never hire any of these students to work in my business and that includes Mr. Hudak.

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      Joe Smith 3 years ago

      and all for $47K a year in tuition.

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    Tedthesporthead 3 years ago

    “I do not take lightly the fears and pains of those students who felt victimized”

    LMAO

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    RichmondVaCane 3 years ago

    Dear (some of) today’s college students, you had a safe space earlier in your lives, it was called a crib. Grow up.

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    972 3 years ago

    I visited The Wheel after first reading about this chalking “controversy” on the Telegraph. Candidly, I assumed that this “controversy” was something borne of the Onion or some other form of political satire. I am saddened and embarrassed that the story is, instead, true. I write to you, the students of a wonderful university, from the real world. A world where, *gasp*, views different from your own exist. A world where you are forced to be intelligent enough to wade through political spin and labels, and listen to ideas from those who are different than yours. Where diversity relates not simply to skin tone, gender and other physical characteristics, but to thoughts, ideas and experiences. Where you are forced to grapple with REAL issues, including those that you find difficult. There is no other way to put it: Grow a pair. Seriously, you’re embarrassing yourselves and those liberals who came before you.

    Trump has been in the headlines for over 20 years. Ask yourself why now, all of a sudden, he’s a racist. Why now, all of a sudden, he’s a sexist. A xenophobe. The answer is that he is not. He is yet another individual (see also, the Tea Party) who has been labeled simply because he disagrees with the fringe left…a group that now appears to even fall to the far right of you. This group turned Bill Clinton from the “first black president” into a racist during Hillary’s last ill-fated run for president. While Trump is undoubtedly a jackal (and, similar terms apply to his opponents on the left), he is none of those labels. He wants to build a wall? That’s not racist, we already have barbed wire fences up over most of the border. He’s a racist simply b/c he wants to use a different material? He’s a sexist over calling a Post reporter “beautiful”? Yet, you give Obama a pass for referring to the California attorney general as “the prettiest attorney general in the U.S.”. Of course, you probably didn’t even know that occurred b/c it was not published in the safe space liberal news sources you wrap yourself in each night before falling asleep. He’s not a racist for wanting to slow the flow of Muslims into the country until we can get better screening in place. For one, Islam is a religion, not a race – you folks race to labels too quickly and forget that. But, go ahead and ask citizens of France and the UK if they could go back in time and change their more liberal immigration policies….keeping in mind that they were almost as far left as you (but, candidly, no one is or has ever been). They would. The, figure out why. For once, even if you disagree, have the balls to look into it. Seriously guys and gals, grow a pair.

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      ChicagoJohn 3 years ago

      “Trump has been in the headlines for over 20 years. Ask yourself why now,
      all of a sudden, he’s a racist. Why now, all of a sudden, he’s a
      sexist. A xenophobe.”

      You win the internet for today with this statement.

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    cebohn 3 years ago

    I see the commenters are rational adults who are already covering the issue well. I’ll stay brief. Too bad this once fine institution is unable to excise the blind bigotry from these children, and help then think as clearly as they believe they do.

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    Emoryconservative11 3 years ago

    What will happen if Wagner does not take care of this:

    http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/education/turmoil_at_mu/hiring-freeze-department-cuts-ordered-at-university-of-missouri/article_f04fecec-43d2-54df-9d1d-3226a9bc957f.html
    Unfortunately Emory is a private university and cannot fall back on public funds

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    ThirteenthLetter 3 years ago

    So what’s the over/under on when Hudak is forced to apologize for this and resign? I’m giving it three days.

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    Destroy Talmudists 3 years ago

    omg you are a bunch of PATHETIC WHINING ENTITLED LITTLE [email protected]

    Is this just more jew-funded “black lives matter” brats whimpering and crying that someone disagrees with their open advocation of violence against White women, children, and elderly?

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      Andrew X 3 years ago

      “jew-funded”

      Nice work, troll. Keep marching hand in hand with the rabid left, and helping their cause on a daily basis as you do. Soros must be quite happy with your work.

      Either you are a genuine troll who is a wholehearted Marxian activist here to attempt to discredit every single solitary other commenter on this board, or you will live and die as too damn stupid to know who really benefits by your own idiotic poppings off. If there is one tiny shred of you that genuinely cares about the US Constitution and the malignant corruption of today’s academia, just one tiny shred, do the cause a favor and just shut the —- up.

      But I don’t believe the latter. You know exactly who you are. And so do we.

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        Destroy Talmudists 3 years ago

        Jewish terrorists and criminals George Soros and Google’s Larry Page are the two primary funding sources for the “black lives matter” campaign of racial violence and terrorism against Whites, and jew trash like you is going to pay with your blood for it.

        “marxian activist” = that’s cool who you are so illiterate, yet you are a “college student”.

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          Andrew X 3 years ago

          Thanks for being our enemy. It is quite validating.

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            Destroy Talmudists 3 years ago

            Thanks for being an inbred, homosexual illiterate “college student”, because it shows the context in which these whiny little babies are allowed to get attention for their whimpering and crying, because the people around them are too dumb to call them on their jew-financed terrorism campaign against Whites.

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            Hurlco 3 years ago

            projecting much are we?

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          bill 3 years ago

          Soros turned Jews over to the NAZI’s, read some history

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        Hurlco 3 years ago

        Word’s out he’s really a Jewish homosexual who can’t reconcile the realty of having fellated a multitude of African American Penises and craving liquid protein injections.

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    Destroy Talmudists 3 years ago

    I would like a “safe space” for my White family, away from violent stupid african baboons, flush with JEWISH MONEY, inflicting VIOLENCE against my family members – ANY POSSIBILITY OF THAT HAPPENING? HOW ABOUT SOME RACIAL SEGREGATION SO I CAN GET AWAY FROM ***BLACK VIOLENCE AND CRIME****

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    Destroy Talmudists 3 years ago

    It’s ridiculous that the one group that causes more violence than any other group – namely BLACKS – are the ones sitting around crying about “safe spaces”.

    You know where you’ll NEVER find a “safe space”? Anywhere that has a large population of african apes, that’s where.

    NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF DEATH FOR AFRICANS; BEING KILLED BY OTHER AFRICANS.

    Take your “safe space” bullsh!t and SHOVE IT UP YOUR FAT AIDS_INFECTED AFRICAN BABOON A$$

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      Andrew X 3 years ago

      OK, so you ARE a leftist activist, case closed. Got it.

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        Destroy Talmudists 3 years ago

        OK, so you are a jew who finances racial violence against White women and children while trying to act like a “neo-con” just like the PNAC jews who blew up the World Trade Center on 9-11.
        Thanks for confirming that you are an inbred, satan-worshiping, garden-variety Talmudic homosexual.

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          thom1111 3 years ago

          Silence, socialist scum

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          972 3 years ago

          Nice try, dude. As I said above, if you are a GOP voter – which I doubt – gtfo, you’re not wanted in our party either. More likely, however, you are a nutbag liberal trying to incite that racial bs b/c it’s all you nuts have to run on.

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    Destroy Talmudists 3 years ago

    KEEP CHALKING TRUMP ALL OVER THE CAMPUS; SCREW THESE WHINING SPOILED LITTLE ENTITLED BRAT TERRORISTS FLUSH WITH JEWISH SOROS MONEY FUNDING THEIR CAMPAIGN OF RACIAL VIOLENCE AND INTIMIDATION AGAINST WHITES>

    GET ARMED< AND DO WHATEVER YOU WANT, AND IF JEW OR NEGROID SCUM ATTACK YOU, SHOOT THEM IN THE HEAD

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      972 3 years ago

      Stop tarnishing the name of the GOP. I have no doubt you are a liberal. If you are not, you’re also not welcome in the GOP, nutbag.

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        Anita Bonita 3 years ago

        Yes, clearly a shill. A cleverly deceptive one, as whites really do face racial violence and intimidation, but when you get to the nutty gun and racism part of the comment it’s pretty obvious.

        I’m betting it’s actually a Emory student trying to make the opposing side look hateful. It’s a pretty lame and ineffective tactic I haven’t seen since early 2002.

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    Owen Kellogg 3 years ago

    These precious little crybully snowflakes are an embarrassment. They must have been told their entire lives by their enabling parents how wonderful they are. If they are so traumatized by chalk, how can they even be at University which are supposed to be places of free and open exchange of ideas? If I was the President of Emory in that crybaby meeting, I would have told these supposed students to grow the f up.

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    bill 3 years ago

    Hey stupid, do you know the origin of the word racist? It was invented by Leon Trotsky to further the Marxist revolution of Lenin/Stalin, by using it you are following the Marxist agenda, maybe you should get some refugees from the old USSR to tell you about how wonderful Communism is, because you are clueless.

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      James Howard 3 years ago

      That is false. The Oxford English Dictionary shows citations from the 1920s that contradict a claim that Trotsky originated the term in 1930

      Example from the Portland Oregonian, 1924:
      “The elections show the Germans at the moment want neither racists nor [printed now] communists—that is, neither extreme nationalists nor extreme revolutionists.”

      There are several other citations of “racist” in the 1920s, and one can find variants of the term going even into the 19th century.

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        John 3 years ago

        Well that may be so, I don’t know other than what you posted. But it’s really irrelevant.

        What’s relevant is that the term is being used to suppress. It’s being weaponized by the left to further their socialist “progressive” agenda.

        And it’s wrong to be used that way.

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          James Howard 3 years ago

          It’s relevant, because it’s his entire support for connecting socialism and the use of the word “racism.” You can allege that other connections exist, but there are more examples of racism than there are people “suppressed” by the use of the term.

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            John 3 years ago

            None the less, it is being used as a weaponized word – and it is being used as a threat in order to suppress. No one want’s to be called racist and the mere threat of it makes people cave in to frequently stupid demands.

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    Maniate 3 years ago

    Sometimes I think that people may actually be experiencing hurt in these situations, then I realize I don’t care.
    If you are so fundamentally broken as a human being that seeing a name is an attack then it is your responsibility to seek help, not ours to child-proof the world for you.

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      Andrew X 3 years ago

      Well said. Wish I could be that succinct.

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        Maniate 3 years ago

        Just read a lot.

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      InfinityBall 3 years ago

      Yep. It’s disturbing that the president of the university didn’t just tell them to grow the eff up.

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    Gordon 3 years ago

    Kudos Mr. Hudak. You get it.
    -Not a Trump Supporter

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    Lord Lucan 3 years ago

    Well said Zak Hudak. In contrast to Jim Wagner you are, most definitely, the very best person doing the right job, the right way. – Not a Trump supporter.

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    herbcaen 3 years ago

    wimps

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    David 3 years ago

    Very well done article.

    As an alumni (One who is praying that trump doesn’t get anywhere close to becoming the president), this is one of many thing that makes me emberassed to tell people where I went to school. I have to sit and watch on the national news how we are offering “emergency counseling” to people so disturbed by someone voicing support for a political candidate.

    Do these students not realize that the very thing that gives them the right to protest, the first amendment is the thing they are trying to take away from whoever made these chalkings.

    I hope one day to actually be proud to tell people where I went to school, but it’s looking like that day may never come.

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    American Yeehawd 3 years ago

    Fears and pains? What? You mean if I write ‘Trump 2016’ a butterfly dies somewhere on campus? Ooops…did I just hurt your little feeewings again? What kind of drugs are you kiddos doing there? Just how high do you have to get to be ‘assaulted’ ‘hurt’ or ‘pained’ by something written in chalk on the sidewalk? Really? The real world is waiting for you… you will make great snacks for the wolves. Snowflakes…

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      Banff1967 3 years ago

      Problem is they are not doing enough drugs. If they were doing drugs then they’d be in bed with an empty bag of Cheetos and not marching on the Dean’s office. Compared to these kids I’d much rather hire the school pothead.

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    Quest for Truth 3 years ago

    Congratulations!!! Emory University is now a bigger laughingstock than Mizzou! Scared of words written in chalk on a sidewalk?! You cannot make this up.

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      InfinityBall 3 years ago

      Heck, they’re worse than Oberlin at the moment

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    Banff1967 3 years ago

    Well said, but unfortunately for Zak he’s a white male who appears to have several accomplishments to his credit so he is going to get flamed hard for taking a balanced view that, if anything, was probably too deferential to the silliness of the protestors. There won’t be any serious discussion around freedom of speech but there will be many questions as to why the editor of the school newspaper is a white guy notwithstanding that he clearly appears to have qualifications. For Zak’s sake I hope he is at least openly gay which might provide him with a little bit of cover; otherwise, good luck buddy, good luck.

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    scarpen8 3 years ago

    Thank you for challenging the fascism of these “tolerant” students. Please stop coddling them and take them to task for their hypocrisy. Only by exposing their hypocrisy to public scrutiny can we hope to stamp out these anti-American sentiments.

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    stephenlight 3 years ago

    Oppressed students? Getting an opportunity for education at a reportedly fine university……I would love to trade these crybabies for a long list of foreign students who would study actual majors and make their own way in the world. These students are fooling themselves. Their competition is not the oppressive Trump culture they are are so upset by. Their competition is a long list of East Asian countries where people work long hours in mastering real topics and building companies….which approximately 0% of these idiots will qualify to work for.

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      John 3 years ago

      These babies are majoring in “Unemployment Studies”.

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    Rob J 3 years ago

    All of you “aggrieved” students who now feel “threatened” are a bunch of wimps. If you really want to experience true fear, go to a US Marine recruiting office, enlist, and volunteer for service fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq. The President of Emory should have lectured you on the First Amendment in his meeting with you.

    As a direct result of this sort of this student protest nonsense across so many campuses in the U.S., I have stopped donating ANY money to our feckless “higher education” system, and I urge everyone to take the same action. Perhaps that will get your attention.

    This system is producing a bunch of air-headed fools. All of these colleges receive federal tax money if only one student is attending with a Pell Grant. These tax dollars are being wasted to produce fools. And before you dismiss me as some “uneducated rube,” be advised all of you “frightened airheads” that I hold a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University and a MBA from The University of Tulsa, the latter earned while working full time.

    If you have the spine to debate me, feel free to email me at [email protected]. I am not afraid to hear views that oppose mine. You students on the other hand think that ONLY your views are correct. Be prepared to be surprised when you one day enter the “real world.”

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      ellentis 3 years ago

      YES! Liberal heads everywhere would simply EXPLODE! Problem solved.

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    Anita Bonita 3 years ago

    They’re not really “hurt” by seeing Trump’s name written in chalk. That’s just a subtle way of destroying critical thinking and objective opinions. It’s a cruel and cowardly form of censorship and totalitarianism. Today they claim to be “offended” – tomorrow they’ll claim emotional abuse and ask for a formal investigation and arrest of the person who wrote it.

    Imagine a world where simply writing a person’s name in chalk can land you in jail. That is what they want. Assuming it’s a person they don’t agree with. Scary pretext. And they say Trump is like Hitler.

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      ellentis 3 years ago

      They’re already done that. Babies.

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      Hurlco 3 years ago

      Next stop will be a demand for trauma counseling, then lawsuits….

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      John 3 years ago

      Yep. And this generation of stupid will end up being the enforcers of socialistic dogma in the future. They’re suiting up for their jackboots now.

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    peckerwood 3 years ago

    Poor wittle wee-wees! I’ll bet they wee-wee-wee all the way home.

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    InfinityBall 3 years ago

    I do not take lightly the fears and pains of those students who felt victimized by the “Trump 2016” chalkings around campus

    Well, you certainly should

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    Fred Barstool 3 years ago

    Good for you, kid. Tony Reid would be proud.

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    Rob J 3 years ago

    Captain Zobenica,
    Well said.

    Thanks to people like you, 98% of Americans including all of these aggrieved college students and me me get to be “career civilians.”

    I count among my friends several Marines, “currently inactive,” and all have said a “civilian” can greet a Marine with the words “Semper Fi.” I wonder if these college students, with all of their “learning,” know what that means.

    Thank you for serving sir. Semper Fi!

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      Zeb Zobenica 3 years ago

      Rob,
      I noticed in your other post that you are a Case Western grad.
      My niece did her undergrad work at Case Western and is now a neurosurgery resident at the Cleveland Clinic.
      S/F
      Zeb

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        Rob J 3 years ago

        It was an excellent school for me and its partnership with Cleveland Clinic makes for a challenging curriculum for medical school students. Congrats to your niece! She completed a very tough program.

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      ellentis 3 years ago

      Yes Sir. Thank you for your service!

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    Banff1967 3 years ago

    Zak, I’d like to say well said, but as many have noted below you most certainly can and should “take lightly” the fears and pains of those who felt victimized by the chalkings. This story has been picked up globally and, almost universally in every form of media, Emory has become a laughingstock as a result of these students. To say these chalkings caused fear, pain and victimization is to offend everyone who has actually been through situations that cause fear, pain and victimization. If we all had to acknowledge every such ridiculous slight the result would certainly be to make people numb to similar complaints by people that are subject to situations that do require acknowledgment and action. There is real injustice in the world and much of it is race based, but there is also a story about a boy crying wolf that I’m sure we all remember. What the demonstrators did here was akin to the boy crying wolf when there was no wolf. Hopefully they are never in a situation where they are faced with a wolf but, if they are, I suspect that it will be difficult for many to believe them. Not sure how much power you have as editor of a school newspaper but please consider doing what is “right” as opposed to what appeases a handful of students who clearly lack any perspective on the world and come out in favor of freedom of expression. As we were all taught in school, the First Amendment was created to “protect” offensive speech in particular since you would need a First Amendment but for such speech.

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      fedup 3 years ago

      The comment was a good one but you lost me by inferring that simply writing “Trump 2016” is in any way offensive. It is in no manner any more or less offensive than seeing “Hillary 2016” or “Bernie 2016” written in chalk.

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        Banff1967 3 years ago

        I don’t think a political slogan should be offensive, but even if it were offensive the point is that it is protected speech and if a college receives any government funding then I believe the First Amendment applies on campus.

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          InfinityBall 3 years ago

          if a college receives any government funding then I believe the First Amendment applies on campus.

          Well, that’s not true.

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            Banff1967 3 years ago

            Actually it IS true. Had to check with a US legal contact, but that is the law and that’s why the ACLU opposes college speech codes for government funded colleges. Let me guess, you’re a student of Emory Law maybe?

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            InfinityBall 3 years ago

            Uh, no, I’m someone who’s aware that the 1st Amendment doesn’t control private universities just because they accept federal/state funds.

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            InfinityBall 3 years ago

            MAybe you’re confused. University of Pennsylvania is a university that takes government funds. Pennsylvania State is a government university. One of them can have whatever speech code it wants. The other has to follow the law/Constitution

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            ellentis 3 years ago

            Why not?

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            InfinityBall 3 years ago

            It’s simply not true. There is no constitutional attachment between government funding and the freedom of speech.

            Now, schools run and operated by the federal and state and local governments, that’s a different story

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          fedup 3 years ago

          My point is this is not complicated. It is not offensive. What is offensive to me as an alum is that these activists, with the assistance of President Wagner and the administration, have managed to devalue the worth of all degrees coming from Emory. Does President Wagner have any concern about that because if he does I’ve not seen it published?

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            Banff1967 3 years ago

            President Wagner apparently thought that placating a bunch of crybabies was more important than freedom of expression and the reputation of the university. What’s needed now is a counter-protest that is much larger and fully in support of freedom of expression on campus to make it clear that the chalking protestors do not represent the majority opinion at Emory and it might even be appropriate to call for Wagner’s resignation. If the “other” students at Emory remain silent then we can only assume that they agree with the protestors and write off the entire student body.

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            John 3 years ago

            I strongly suspect he was worried about

            1) lawsuits – frivilous or not, it costs money to defend and
            2) money walking away if the crybabies left the university

            Money talks and B.S. walks. In this case ESPECIALLY, he should have politely told them to “GTH out of my office with this noise and go grow a pair.”

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          The Real Really? 3 years ago

          Let’s be clear about something. The government does not GIVE you free speech. That is yours by birthright. It is one of your “inalienable rights.” The government is supposed to protect free speech, not grant it. So free speech is your right everywhere. Whether you’re standing on government funded property or not. It’s even your right even if you’re in a country that doesn’t protect it. Now, granted in those countries it might be dangerous to open your mouth, and you weight the consequences, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that free speech is your birth right as a human being.

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            John 3 years ago

            Absolutely right!

            Another problem is that most people these days “rank” the rights in the Bill of Rights as if higher numbered rights are somehow “less important”.

            Too bad civics is not taught anymore.

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    Odysseus 3 years ago

    The protesting students should be picked up by their mothers and driven home. Beyond parody.

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    Uncle_Pinko 3 years ago

    ‘Victimized by chalking’ … and we’re not talking about racial slurs or hate speech, it was a simple campaign slogan … how embarrassing and pathetic.

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    BradleyAG 3 years ago

    Excellent letter. Even handed and clear headed.

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      Ganesha_akbar 3 years ago

      Flashback Emory 2014: Chalkings for me… but not for thee
      https://twitter.com/michaelgraves91/status/541046363161890816

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      David 3 years ago

      And pandering to worthless snowflakes like you.

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        BradleyAG 3 years ago

        Seriously try some yoga, calm down.

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      Hurlco 3 years ago

      You might try expanding your horizon if you think that puff peace was even close to being even handed brah. The letter sounded like an echo of Wagner, determined to let the little ones wail & flail against that big, dark boogie monster aka the Donald.

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    Ken 3 years ago

    I can’t imagine what it’s like to go through life being afraid of your own shadow. If a campaign slogan is enough to put you in such a state where you need emergency counseling by a professional…how do you leave the house every day? Are all the sharp corners inside covered in foam?

    You’re all pathetic. This nation, especially its Colleges, is built on the free exchange of ideas. What part of “free exchange” does Emory not understand?

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    Ganesha_akbar 3 years ago

    Trump is the new dog whistle for unhinged Leftist seething. Mix the word “Trump” with any news story and (presto) the rabid Leftist spittle flings.

    Dump a glass of cold water on a progressive in the middle of the night and they wake shrieking “TRUMP!”

    But the Trump chalker’s biggest mistake? Failing to apply for NEA grants before enlightening campus walkways. Orthodox Leftists will NEVER forgive that 1st amendment heresy!

    Flashback 2012: Sidewalk art enlightens Emory campus walkways
    http://news.emory.edu/slideshows/tibetan_studies_sidewalk_art/pic1a.jpg

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    ellentis 3 years ago

    If Trump is elected, this country will once again be great. Woe be to these children who are frightened by any words written in chalk. Especially someone’s name. How utterly ridiculous. These babies need to grow up. Do some research on their beloved Bernie Sanders, have their eyes opened to the truth. He is an avowed Socialist and will ruin this country once and for all. He will finish what Hussein Obama has started. With these people poised to become the next ‘leaders’ of our country, I very truly worry about what will become of my grandchildren. Lord help us all.

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      The Real Really? 3 years ago

      You don’t understand. That’s what they WANT. That’s what they think is right and good. That nobody is any different. We’re all the same. You don’t have to work and your basic needs are handed to you without fail.

      They don’t realize what that will breed: Complacency. It will kill art, and creativity and technology, and dreams, and desires.

      I weep for this generation, I really do. They have never had to struggle, or work, or do without or experience failure. They are not prepared for real life.

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        Roy Biv 3 years ago

        Those who “weep” for this generation forget who raised it.

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          The Real Really? 3 years ago

          Don’t look at me. These are not my kids.

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          The Real Really? 3 years ago

          And if there were my kids, they’d have my foot in their behinds and would be working for that college education. The number one lesson I was taught as a child is that you are entitled to nothing. You want it? Work for it. And nobody gives a damn about your feelings. Those are your responsiblilty. Get a thick skin. The world is a harsh place.

          If I came home and told my Dad I was afraid of chalk, he would have laughed at me and told me to suck it up.

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        disqus_lyUImfeSYa 3 years ago

        And Mr. Smerconish says these are such “promising” young people; I fear what they are promising. Their snivelling fear of chalked words should cause their parents and teachers to re-evaluate the value of the education they’re receiving.

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    ellentis 3 years ago

    Extremely well said!

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    David 3 years ago

    Victimized! What will these worthless snowflakes do if real tyranny ever comes to this nation?

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      David 3 years ago

      And if it does come, the jackbooted thugs they helped to create will do a lot worse to them than chalk the name of a presidential candidate on their safe sidewalks.

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    Timothy J. Williams 3 years ago

    This is why satire is dead. You just can’t make up stuff this funny anymore. Emery should have an electrified fence built all around it, with none of the inmates permitted to leave after 5:00 PM.

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    Hurlco 3 years ago

    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.”

    Oh puleeeeeze! Are you for real?

    Would someone explain what kind of student feels “victimized by chalkings?”

    Just who exactly are the oppressed in this faux drama?

    The duty of a newspaper is to print the truth, not indulge or enable feckless, limp, whiny little peter pans in their delusional sense of being oppressed or voiceless.

    Is Emory now offering “Learned Helplessness 101?”

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    Hurlco 3 years ago

    Semper Fie

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    ITHriana 3 years ago

    Despised the naivety of the protesting students, some posts make me laugh hard here…amazed to find out how many people wholeheartedly believe that everyone is eager for a ~$10/hr position.
    Just as serious STEM majors seldom get leisure for “demonstrations”, successful business’ HRs have little time making no-hire declarations.
    Wish them all the best of luck.

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    Owen Kellogg 3 years ago

    The greatest generation are wondering, what did we save the world for– future infants? These students who are so upset should immediately quit and give their respective spaces to students who actually have a brain and would respect university and not be a damned wimp cry baby who requires a “safe space”. Emory “students” you are a complete laughingstock.

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    Theodore Rex 3 years ago

    Holy Moses — I would NEVER let friends or family go to Emory and be subjected to the EMORY IDIOTS and their “chalk trauma”!

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    Theodore Rex 3 years ago

    Attention “Chalk Babies”: FREE medication and mental health counseling will be available the day after Election Day!

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    Theodore Rex 3 years ago

    Welcome to CRY BABY CENTRAL!

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      Joe Schmoe 3 years ago

      Cry bullies

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    Banff1967 3 years ago

    C’mon Zak, take a look at how Emory is being portrayed in the global media as a result of 40 – 50 unhinged little crybabies and the weakness of your administration. Don’t be a chicken (like your university president) and do the right thing by standing up for freedom of expression including expression that some may find offensive for whatever reason. The “media”, including a student newspaper, should be in the forefront of protecting freedom of expression as it would be relatively easy for a multitude of special interests (left, right and center) to pick through every article, every opinion and even every advertisement to find fault and offense. If every such incident required the level of “acknowledgment” that you have given the Trump 2016 crybabies you’d be spending all of your time apologizing or censoring. Please grow a pair and stand up to what is ultimately just Liberal Fascism and come out 100% in favor of freedom of expression without qualification.

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      John 3 years ago

      Bingo!

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    JonnyOneNote 3 years ago

    I completely understand what the chalkophobes are trying to do. They are trying to shame the idea of Trump support on campus, by couching such messaging as traumatic. The Emory administration is letting them get away with it in a way that a conservative group could not. Such blatant politicization is illegal for an institution receiving taxpayer support. If they are not careful, Emory could risk losing Federal grant support should people not willing to look the other way come into power in Washington.

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    jwujwu 3 years ago

    “But the very idea that allowed students to speak up — especially those who felt attacked by the Trump chalkings — is under siege by those very same student protesters.”

    Oh, of course they should have the right to speak up. No one should prevent them from doing so. That’s free speech.

    But they do not have the right not to be ridiculed for it. That’s free speech too.

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    Gerry Pallor 3 years ago

    Maybe the student protesters are overreacting, but this chalking bears an eerie resemblance to gang related graffiti meant to mark territory and intimidate rivals. Considering the prevalence of violence at Trump political rallies, this may not be innocent free speech after all. It is something to be considered, no?

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      JonnyOneNote 3 years ago

      Actually no. You either allow all speech or you ban all speech. You don’t get to decide which speech is acceptable, which can seem “intimidating” to some, and which can be allowed unfettered. It’s all or none, but since this is the United States it’s all. Other places may have other rules, but we have them for good reasons..

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        Gerry Pallor 3 years ago

        There are limits to every right, As Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. wrote in 1919, “The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic (Schenck v. UnitedStates).” In 1969 the Court elaborated, ruling that there is no protection for reckless or malicious speech (Brandenberg v. Ohio).” Without reasonable limits you have anarchy and chaos.

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          Brian 3 years ago

          Yes there are limits but unless you are willing to say that a chalking if Hillary2016 is equally offensive than its simply hypocritical.

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            Gerry Pallor 3 years ago

            If Hillary was egging on the the crowd to greater violence, then I would be a hypocrite not to call her out on it. She is saying nothing of the sort. The attacks are not as disturbing as how Mr. Trump uses them to rally his supporters.

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            Dee 3 years ago

            ahh so those that you agree with are in the right and those you do not agree with are in the wrong regardless of facts and principles?

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            Brian 3 years ago

            But the simple phrase Trump2016 is not in the leaat bit threatening, unless you are a self entitled, safe space needing little snowflake.

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            Gerry Pallor 3 years ago

            Here’s the subtext to the simple message that you seem to be missing: “We know where you are, we can come in when you’re not watching, do whatever we want and there’s nothing you can do to protect yourself.”

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            I'm not even 3 years ago

            If took all that from Trump 2016? You ascribe that much subtext to a slogan?

            Where are you when the “beauty” industry implies with every commercial that our women aren’t pretty enough, unless they spend money and alter their natural appearance?

            Sexist! Hypocrite! You just micro-aggressed me. I’m really triggered.

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            Brian 3 years ago

            Here’s the thing admit freedom of speech. Either your support it for everybody or nobody. I’ll stand defending the KKK’s right to speak while at the same time hating everything they say.

            Freedom of speech isn’t just for those who say stuff you agree with. If you don’t understand that simple concept than I feel sorry for you

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            ChicagoJohn 3 years ago

            Holy balls! You took that from Trump 2016???

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            Brian 3 years ago

            And the protesters are just as guilty of the violent outbursts as the supporters. To think otherwise is just asinine

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            ChicagoJohn 3 years ago

            Do you think that Trump has the right to be upset that his speeches are constantly being disturbed by the left?

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            Roy Biv 3 years ago

            A right to be upset, not a right to incite violence, as underhanded as they are. And there are plenty of people on the Right that are #neverTrump

            “In the good old days, they’d be carried out in stretchers.”

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            ChicagoJohn 3 years ago

            ” And there are plenty of people on the Right that are #neverTrump”??

            And??? There aren’t people on the right trying to stop Trump FROM BEING HEARD.
            You’re suggesting that the protesters are just kinda standing there, minding their own business, when Trump says “toss them out. I don’t care how you do it!”
            Have you ever heard the legal argument about how getting in another person’s face is a provocative act meant to incite violence???

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            Gerry Pallor 3 years ago

            What disturbs me is to see Trump supporters excuse the hitter and find fault only with the protester.

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            Joe Schmoe 3 years ago

            Sorry but the protesters are the ones causing the violence

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          Dee 3 years ago

          Gerry so you are saying that if a Church or religion espouses beliefs you do not agree with it is okay to go into their church disrupt the services? And you expect the congregation to do nothing about it?

          It’s all ideas and ideas being explained to the faithful be it political or religious. And in a venue paid for by the congregation. open to the public

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          Bruce Brown 3 years ago

          You are misquoting Schenck. Holmes wrote “The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic. The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils ” Holmes subsequently clarified his statement in Abrams v US and again in Whitney v California, clearly establishing that to be prohibited, speech must constitute and “clear and present danger.” The SCOTUS subsequently modified in Brandenburg v Ohio, wherein speech is prohibited only when it threatens “imminent lawless action.”

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            Gerry Pallor 3 years ago

            Precisely my point. Encouraging people to strike other people creates a situation wherein lawless action is imminent. Approving those violent acts constitutes a clear and present danger.

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          Joe Schmoe 3 years ago

          Only a moron or a fascist could possibly interpret that as a threat

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      DrJedi001 3 years ago

      Lol, NO. The violence at rallies is being initiatedby the disrupters who are trying their best to cancel out a speech before an otherwise peaceful assembly that tens of thousands wish to hear. Disrupting, blocking roads, rioting outside venues, this is the violence.

      Chalk scribblings of “Trump 2016” isn’t violence any more than “BlackLivesMatter” in chalk is.

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        Gerry Pallor 3 years ago

        Protesting by holding up a sign is protected speech. Punching someone in the face is not.

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        Roy Biv 3 years ago

        Violence isn’t happening at other candidates, GOP or Dem, just Trump. And best believe, there are protesters there too.

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          ChicagoJohn 3 years ago

          Pardon, but I’ve yet to see anyone try to shut down any other rally.
          I’ve seen tons of instances to date of Trump protesters trying to stop Trump from being heard. That’s just absurd.

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            SFTom 3 years ago

            And I’ve yet to see any candidate say the things Trump says. Ever think the protesters are trying to stop Trump from being heard because his words (and ideas) for the most part are inflammatory, crude, derogatory, and dangerous. Protesters at Trump’s rallies are charting new territory because this candidate is unlike any other in history in terms of threatening our future here and overseas. What about the Trump supporters’ violent actions toward the protesters. That’s new too.

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            ChicagoJohn 3 years ago

            ” Ever think the protesters are trying to stop Trump from being heard
            because his words (and ideas) for the most part are inflammatory, crude,
            derogatory, and dangerous.”

            And now that you’ve ceded that the protesters are trying to keep Trump from being heard, everything else you write is moot.

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      Dee 3 years ago

      oops my reply is above your post must of clicked on the wrong thing

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      ChicagoJohn 3 years ago

      “…but this chalking bears an eerie resemblance to gang related graffiti meant to mark territory and intimidate rivals.”

      Pardon?
      What gang do you know of that puts a political candidates name in chalk?
      The 22nd street Hop Scotchers??

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    JonnyOneNote 3 years ago

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    Dee 3 years ago

    Gerry, about that prevalence of violence at Trump rallies, oh my gosh, whoever would they be fighting with? and why? The violence is wrong absolutely, but so is provoking it, nobody is jumping on folks who are there to hear what the candidate says and behaving themselves. Political rallies are usually held at rather expensive venues paid for by the campaign, not just Trump, every candidate. Disrupting any campaign speech is worse than stealing yard signs or defacing posters, which are actually crimes in some States, or going into a Church and disrupting services because you don’t agree with the preacher’s and congregation’s beliefs .. and a lot of people are seeing it that way, .and using that analogy. That is how wrong it is. The free market place of Ideas means both sides get to speak.. trying to disrupt a candidate is just an admission you can’t compete with Ideas of your own. And people who are still deciding, and thinking and working thru the issues, see one side is putting forth ideas and all the other side has is trying to stop them from speaking. I know you are aiming your assertions at an echo chamber and relying on Conformational Bias to get support for your views . Just thought you should hear how the undecided, well truth be told actually, a Gary Johnson supporter sees this.
    As for gang symbols being the equal of a candidates name, seriously? have you ever lived where they have gang symbols, count your blessings that you have the privilege to even think that comparison might even be close to being true.

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      Roy Biv 3 years ago

      False equivalency.

      Protesters at presidential rallies isn’t anything new. There’s plenty of protesters and “gotcha” questions from audience members at Kasich, Cruz, Sanders, and Clinton rallies. That goes for all the other candidates too.

      No one gets punched, pushed, kicked down at any of them. Only Trump.

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        Rich 3 years ago

        hm… When was the last time you saw people dressed up as KKK members and Hitler appear at a Clinton rally? Get back to us when that happens

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          Roy Biv 3 years ago

          Lol, Trump attracts these type of people, Clinton doesn’t. Tells me whose shoulders I don’t want to be rubbing against at a rally.

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          Joe Schmoe 3 years ago

          And those people dressed that way were leftist scumbags just like these fascist babies who got triggered by his name in chalk

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        Dee 3 years ago

        Well okay.. if you are right, and it is a false equivalency then Trump’s numbers drop to near zero and Emory students are seen as adults by the world. end of problem.

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        ChicagoJohn 3 years ago

        False equivalency.
        There aren’t plenty of people trying to STOP Cruz, Sanders, and Clinton rallies.
        Trump protesters literally go in with the goal of not letting Trump talk. That’s not right.
        Particularly when they try to stop people from hearing Trump, or even getting to the rally.

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          Roy Biv 3 years ago

          LOL.

          There aren’t plenty of people protesting Cruz because he’s not egging his supporters to take these protesters out in stretchers and promising to pay their legal bills.

          Speaking of promises, do you honestly think Trump will deliver on paying the legal bills of his supporters? LOL. Just like he sues everyone, right?

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            ChicagoJohn 3 years ago

            LOL!

            Whenever someone starts every post off with LOL, it pretty much convinces me that they’re either lying or insane.
            Show me the people protesting Cruz, Hillary, and not being tossed?

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            Roy Biv 3 years ago

            WOW.

            Protesters get thrown out all the time. At Trump, they get hauled off to the hospital.

            LEARN TO COMPREHEND. JOHN?!?

            BREAKING NEWS: Trump’s campaign manager sued for alleged battery of Breitbart reporter! WOOP! LOL!

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            Joe Schmoe 3 years ago

            That is a lie, she was not assaulted, there is video evidence to prove she was lying

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            Roy Biv 3 years ago

            LOL.

            First, the campaign said it didn’t happen now that there’s video, it’s actually, “it wasn’t that bad.”

            PATHETIC.

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            Joe Schmoe 3 years ago

            You forgot your middle initial “G”

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            Joe Schmoe 3 years ago

            The guy thought she was trying to rush Trump, and just tried to restrain her. Is that a bad assumption considering all the nutz like you who have been rushing his stage or threatening to kill him?

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            Roy Biv 3 years ago

            There’s another incident caught on video when he pulled back on someone’s shirt collar. The man is known to be physically violent.

            Every presidential candidate gets death threats, in fact, Obama has the record for getting the most.

            SHE worked for Breitbart, one of the most conservative outlets in the country. In fact, Breitbart’s refusal to support their own employee led to mass resignations within the company, lol.

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    Jean Picard 3 years ago

    Idiots… Classics and Philosophy…

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    Tedthesporthead 3 years ago

    Wait, the students were really traumatized by the word “Trump”? lol
    I thought it was a comedy story from The Onion.

    Iol

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    John 3 years ago

    VERY well said, Sir.

    We need to have mandatory military service. That would help a lot… along with an education in western culture and civics.

    Semper Fi.

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    I'm not even 3 years ago

    America needs a prescription for conscription.

    There are satin sheets harder than the softies at this campus.

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    katal1 3 years ago

    The lunatics are running the asylum.
    The truth is these students aren’t “traumatized” by the slogans. They understand that
    by playing the part they can get the university to censor opposition
    speech. That’s all this is about. And the liberal administrators feed
    right into it because they WANT to censor opposition speech. It’s 2
    groups playing a little game and winking at each other to censor a 3rd
    group that they don’t want to be heard.

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      Joe Schmoe 3 years ago

      Exactamente, these scumbags are what we call “Cry Bullies”

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    GrumpiKitteh 3 years ago

    Nice try, Zak, but too little, too late. Your university is the laughingstock of the entire world, and rightly so.

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    Joe Schmoe 3 years ago

    Sorry Zak but are a moralizing phony, liar and have subpar intellect like the rest of the morons who chimpedout, What are you going to do when you drive and see a Trump 2016 bumper sticker? Crash your car

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    SupBrah6969 3 years ago

    Bernie sanders makes me feel unsafe. Hillary is a swell person… just don’t say anything bad about her or she will have you capped. Trump is a moron but you morons at Emory are the bigger threat.

    I will vote for Trump.

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