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‘We’re in pain!’ Why Trump scares Emory students

This week at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, students led protests to make the administration aware of Emory’s unsafe campus environment.

No, they didn’t feel they were in danger of being harmed by a terrorist attack in the wake of the carnage in Brussels. They felt unsafe after chalk messages appeared around campus saying, “Trump,” “Trump 2016” and “Vote Trump.”

The Emory student newspaper reported some students’ reactions to the pro-Trump chalkings.

“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.”

“[Faculty] are supporting this rhetoric by not ending it,” added another student, who went on to say, “People of color are struggling academically because they are so focused on trying to have a safe community and focus on these issues [related to having safe spaces on campus].”

College freshman Amanda Obando said, “My reaction to the chalking was one of fear …”

Another student declared, “We are in pain.”

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