Following protests, Emory considers banning social media app over racist language

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 14, 2015
Main Quad on Emory University's primary Druid Hills Campus, including the Michael C. Carlos Museum on the right. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons

Main Quad on Emory University’s primary Druid Hills Campus, including the Michael C. Carlos Museum on the right. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons

Racial tensions at Emory University have administrators scrambling to address the concerns of black students seeking more inclusion and equality.

One proposal has attracted national attention. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, a task force is studying the possibility of banning the social media app Yik Yak. The app allows users to post anonymous messages and other users to rate them by voting them up or down.

It is popular among college students. Decaturish downloaded the app and found a plethora of messages ranging from students discussing health issues to inquires about where to locate marijuana. Black students say it is also routinely used to harass minorities on campus. According to the AJC, the proposed ban would work by establishing a geofence around the school’s campus. To read more, click here.

Black students at Emory have also released a list of demands for administrators.

They include:

1) Establishing a geofence to ban Yik Yak “in order to protect our students from subjection to intolerable and psychologically detrimental material.”

2) Creating a student-led GED program or opening Emory classes to black workers at Emory, including maintenance staff.

3) Create a “Global Citizenship & Diversity General Education Requirement” and expanding course offerings related to race relations.

4) Hiring black professors in all fields, not just African American studies.

To read the full list, click here.

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Dan Whisenhunt is editor and publisher of Decaturish.com. https://www.linkedin.com/in/danwhisenhunt

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