“This incident felt like an attack on my identity and presence on campus.”
I’m laughing as I type this. Does everyone remember “The Chalkening” back in April of 2016? This is the sequel!
Campus Reform reports:
UW-La Crosse students melt down over ‘Trump 2020’ chalking
Students at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse reported conservative sidewalk chalkings around campus to the school as hate incidents.
The phrases included slogans like “Trump 2020.” Students also reported seeing the phrase “UWL Backs the Blue.”
Melissa Touche, a “social justice reporter” for the Racquet Press, spoke to several students about what she characterized in her news report as “discriminatory phrases.”
One anonymous student told Touche, “This incident felt like an attack on my identity and presence on campus.”
Another anonymous student “immediately felt fear” when they “saw the ‘Trump 2020’ and ‘UWL backs the blue’ chalking on the sidewalk.” The anonymous student said that as someone who “holds multiple marginalized identities,” it is important to have “people out there who will support and stand in solidarity.”
“The Trump 2020, UWL backs the blue, etc. messages definitely did not make me feel safe,” said the student. “Quite the opposite, actually.”
UW-La Crosse College Republicans Chairman Aaron Hinz told Campus Reform that “our organization was advertising by chalking on campus. Fraternities and sororities and multiple other clubs have also chalked on campus this semester. But when our club did the same our messages were reported and then erased.”
“Students claimed to be traumatized by our political expression,” he explained. “To them, it was so unthinkable that another student would have different beliefs from them, this revelation proved to be too much for their fragile worldview.”
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