In the wake of President James Wagner’s notorious comments on the Three-Fifths Compromise, Emory students held a Rally Against Racism. (Photo: Jason Francisco)
1. The Long March Against Racism at Emory
After the Emory University administration announced the elimination and suspension of several academic programs in September 2012, the Student Re-visioning Committee formed to reject the cuts, demand transparency and push for a democratic decision-making process that includes students. The cuts, which were decided by a secretive university committee in violation of university bylaws, disproportionately impact faculty and students of color. The SRC has organized countless rallies, demonstrations, petitions and letter deliveries around the cuts, culminating in a walkout and sit-in outside of President James Wagner’s office, where hundreds of students and faculty remained until an ultimately fruitless negotiation process was initiated. Currently, President Wagner is under fire for his infamous column in Emory Magazine where he cites the Three-Fifths Compromise as an example of a “noble achievement” while referencing the cuts. In the past week, students and faculty have protested Wagner’s address at a civil rights exhibition, circulated a petition for his resignation and passed a vote of censure. A coalition of student groups—Change@Emory, Emory’s NAACP chapter, the Black Student Alliance and the SRC—organized a massive Rally Against Racism on Wednesday to raise awareness and protest structural racism and discrimination on Emory’s campus.