Students Protest Emory President's Slavery Statements
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Emory University’s president, James W. Wagner, spoke Friday at a reception for an exhibition about the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and hundreds of students from his institution protested the event, the N. Y. Times reports

Wagner’s been attempting to do damage control after insinuating in a column he wrote for the university magazine that considering a black person only 3/5 of a person, also known as the “three-fifth’s compromise,” was a good thing in 1787 because it equalized Congressional power between the North and the South.

Wagner has since expressed regret for the remarks, but many at Emory think his gaffe was “yet one more example of insensitivity from the Emory administration toward minorities.”

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Makkada B. Selah is a journalist based in New York City.


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