Emory Students Rally to Protest President’s Slavery Comment and Campus Culture

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    In a “Rally Against Racism” more than 200 Emory University students gathered to pit their voices against a column the school’s President James Wagner wrote that was deemed racist.

    Wagner’s essay received much backlash when he used the the Three-Fifths Compromise as an example of how people with different opinions can work together toward a common goal. The compromise said that three-fifths of the slave population would count toward representation in Congress, ostensibly labeling Blacks in the South three-fifths of a person.

    In a “Rally Against Racism” more than 200 Emory University students gathered to pit their voices against a column the school’s President James Wagner wrote that was deemed racist.

    Wagner’s essay received much backlash when he used the the Three-Fifths Compromise as an example of how people with different opinions can work together toward a common goal. The compromise said that three-fifths of the slave population would count toward representation in Congress, ostensibly labeling Blacks in the South three-fifths of a person.

    Wagner has since apologized and declared slavery as heinous, saying that he mistakenly used the compromise as an example.

    “We need to do better understand our racial problems on campus so we can confront them and solve them,” Jovonna Jones, the president of Emory’s Black Student Alliance, told the AJC.

    Students said the rally was aimed towards educating students about the recent offenses and to urge them to help change the current campus culture by making it safer and more welcoming.

    A Black Student Union and a “clear and committed” position on racism are a few requests student protestors are requesting of Emory in addition to a system where people can report bias, the paper reported.

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