No, this one involves a piece of chalk.
The revolutionaries are shooting a middle finger to their oppressors by writing on the sidewalk in chalk: Trump 2016, or a similar message.
From the Washington Post on March 24, 2016: "Someone wrote ‘Trump 2016’ on Emory’s campus in chalk. Some students said they no longer feel safe."
The newspaper reported: "But some students said that given Trump’s rhetoric, the messages were clearly meant to be divisive. And the slogans appeared weeks after Georgia held its primary election on March 1."
Beneath that paragraph, online the Post linked a five-month old story: "Donald Trump calls for ‘total ban’ on Muslims entering the U.S." No bias there, right?
The Emory Latino Student Organization issued an edict:
Yesterday, the Emory community was witness to an act of cowardice, when someone decided to plaster pro-Donald Trump slogans all over campus. The people who did this knew that what they were doing was wrong, because why else would they do so in the dead of night when no one else could witness them? They did not do this merely to support the presidential candidate, but to promote the hate and discrimination that goes along with him. While some students only see the name of a potential nominee, others see hostility and venom which promises to destroy lives.
The Emory Latino Student Organization condemns this as an act meant to instigate division on our campus. We have the freedom of speech in this country to express different ideas. But it is un-American to support hatred against others, and that is exactly what Donald Trump is doing.
Rather than use censorship and retaliation, we know that Emory has the courage to stand firm. Not with fear, but with confidence. Not with hate, but with love. This act which was meant to create discord among the Emory community ultimately serves to further unite us.Condemns this action? Demands an investigation? "Hostility and venom which promises to destroy lives"?
Trying to quell the controversy, Emory President Jim Wagner met with the idiots.
However the elitist students bit off more than they can chew. The reaction from the American Wing of the the political spectrum struck back.
Newt Gingrich, a graduate of Emory and a Trump confidante, led alumni in telling the college that it should support free speech. Wagner agreed.
From the Washington Times:
On Friday afternoon, however, Mr. Wagner gathered on the quad with students from Emory’s Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) to discuss the university’s commitment to the First Amendment. A video posted on YouTube showed the university president using a piece of chalk to write, “Emory stands for free expression!” on the very same sidewalks where “Trump 2016” was written, Campus Reform reported.
Mr. Wagner had initially said the school would review security-tape footage and potentially discipline the students found to have written the pro-Trump messages. The Emory administration also issued an official response condemning the chalkings as representing “values regarding diversity and respect that clash with Emory’s own.”
Alex Reibman, YAL chapter president, said he appreciated that Mr. Wagner came out on the side of free speech.
“We [were] doing this to reaffirm Emory’s commitment to freedom of speech and expression,” Mr. Reibman told Campus Reform. “By no means would writing Trump in chalk ever be considered so severe that it could be considered harassment.”The revolution had just begun.
Long oppressed college students began taking chalk to write "Trump 2016" and similar messages across the country. Then they posted photos of their work online on Twitter at #TheChalkening
From Legal Insurrection: "It looks like Trump panic on campus has backfired. Good."
From Paul Sacca: "I don’t believe that there is a large job market seeking out college graduates who have experience in being terrified of words written in chalk."
Speculation is this is the work of fraternities. I hope so. With the lowering of standards to allow more black and Hispanic students on campus, and the push to empower girls but not boys, white males have become the last oppressed minority on campus. Not that Asians or Jews have it made. Frat boys carry the largest target of all the white males. They are blamed for things that happened before their parents were born, and many of the accusations of the past are unfactual. False reports of rape are common and its victims include the Duke lacrosse team and the entire University of Virginia Greek community.
Enough is enough. Call me racist or misogynist. I no longer care because only racists and people who hate men use those words. The time has come to end the oppression.
In the 1960s, the words of the prophets were written on the subway walls and tenement halls.
A half-century later, the words of protest against the Sounds of Silence are write on the campus sidewalks.