Pro-Donald Trump chalk graffiti were seen around Emory University’s campus that have led a group of college students to feel “unsafe.”
A group of about 40 college students protested outside Emory’s Administration Building in Atlanta, Georgia, directing their protest chants to the administration, including the University President James Wagner.
Their protests stem from campus chalk graffiti that expressed support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. The students voiced their concerns to the university president that the administration’s silence regarding the pro-Trump chalkings shows their support for it. The Emory Wheel reported:
“I’m supposed to feel comfortable and safe [here],” one student said. “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,” she added.
“How can you not [disavow Trump] when Trump’s platform and his values undermine Emory’s values that I believe are diversity and inclusivity when they are obviously not [something that Trump supports],” one student said tearfully. “Banning Muslims? How is that something Emory supports?” asked yet another.
Some of these student protesters held “Stop Trump” and “Stop Hate” signs.
Most of the chalk graffiti was some variation of “Trump 2016.” However, one read, “Accept the Inevitable: Trump 2016.” A student reacted, “That was a bit alarming. What exactly is the inevitable? Why does it have to be accepted?”
Student protesters said they felt “fear” and “frustration” over the pro-Trump chalk and the fact that swift action by the university administration was not taken as it was when swastikas were drawn on a fraternity house a year and a half ago.
The chalkings were apparently done overnight. They could be seen on sidewalks and stairsteps. The university said that it will review surveillance camera footage to see if the “perpetrator(s)” can be identified. If it is a student, that student will go through the conduct violation process. If it’s not a student, trespassing charges will be pressed against the person.