September 27, 2016

The issue regarding racial graffiti at Eastern Michigan University has many people angry. Some people are angry, but are too reserved to share how they truly feel in front of people. I am one of those people. Yes, I am white. No, that does not mean I can’t be angry about the issue.

When the graffiti was first brought to my attention, I didn’t know what was going on so I didn’t think too much about it. When the first email was sent out from the vice president of communications, it was very brief and said specifically, “The University strongly condemns such a racist and thoughtless act”. I italicized the “Thoughtless” because I wanted to emphasize the word. There is no way that the graffiti was thoughtless. Somebody had a motive, and thought about it, then made the graffiti.

The third email came out, and it was from the president of the university. It was longer, more thought out, but it was hours later than the first. Students became mad from the first email not being informative, or seeming like the university didn’t care. The university hasn’t put emotion into their update emails. The University of Michigan made a statement saying they were standing with the students of EMU and that black lives matter. The way that the issue was handled was not as well thought out as it could have been and it made a lot of people more angry.

The update emails since then have not been informative and people are starting to wonder if they would even tell us if they found who did it. A lot of people have questions, and nobody is getting any answers. If the president of the university did a few things such as saying the words, “Black Lives Matter” it would make many individuals feel like he cares. There are many options for students to go talk to people, but talking doesn’t solve everything for everyone. Hopefully soon whoever did it will be found and charged for the crime.

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