Black Students Talk of Racism via Social Media on American University Campus

Racist social media posts on Yik Yak  THE DARKENING VIA YIK YAK
Racist social media posts on Yik Yak
THE DARKENING VIA YIK YAK

It’s interesting to see how things work. Black students at American University have been complaining for months about racist posts being posted on the popular Yik Yak app used by many college students. Their complaints received a response in April from the school’s president, Neil Kerwin, in which he acknowledged that there is an issue but seemingly didn’t offer any solutions other than to “promote venues to express our differences in ways that encourage responsibility and accountability, while we condemn venues that invite anonymity, irresponsibility and incendiary speech.” 

That obviously wasn’t enough for the black students on campus.

Members of the Darkening, a student-led, racial-justice community organization, took matters into their own hands, literally. They started taking racist messages that were posted on Yik Yak and posting them around campus.

Of course, those posts didn’t last long. So a student actually reached out to the media to explain what was going on. As someone who attended a university where diversity was definitely lacking, I understood what the students were dealing with. Back in my day (the mid-’90s), we didn’t have apps like Yik Yak, where people could anonymously express their hate. Then, it was more in your face.

Apparently, by going to the media, the students got their voices heard, and received a response via another memorandum.

In a statement on the university’s website, the assistant vice president of campus life, Fanta Aw, said that the school takes race relations seriously, and provided the list of “steps” it’s taken to improve them on campus:

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Source: The Root | YESHA CALLAHAN