It was almost certaint to every student on campus who had heard anything about this that DLH was bound to loose their house this year, so you can imagine the reaction students had when we discovered that DLH would be keeping their house instead of providing it to another organization on campus who may be able to better fill it.
For those of you who do not know, Yik Yak is an app that allows users to post anonymous comments. Believe it or not, I am a user of the app. I don't like to yak myself; I just like to read what others write, usually. On Yik Yak, the objective is to get as many up-votes as you can. However, if people dislike what you write, you get down-voted. If your yak reaches -5, the yak disappears.
In order to attain these up-votes, users typically do this through humor. However, because it is anonymous, people are more willing to write things you might not say out loud. Therefore, Yik Yak can be filled with crass, objectionable humor. A lot of times, there are people looking to push the envelope with their jokes.
As you can see, it isn't hard to imagine some of the comments from the night it was announced DLH would be keeping their house. Yes, some comments were objectionable, and possibly racist. I say "possibly" because what constitutes as being racist in one person's book is completely different than that of someone else's book.
Now, the University is looking into getting information students who posted these controversial yaks to possibly try them for violating the University's code of conduct. Herein, lies my problem.
Do I think some of these remarks violated Yik Yak's terms of policy? Yes.
Do I think some of these remarks were racist? Possibly a few.
Do I think the University has the right to the information they are demanding? No.
The University is a business, but not a business partner, and they don't collect names or contact information for this one. Cross the first bullet off the list. The University's code of conduct is not part of the legal process. Cross the second bullet off the list. No illegal activities took place as I can tell, and if they did, they would fall under the second bullet point. Cross the third bullet point off the list.
Now, I clearly am no lawyer and never intend to be. However, I do know my basic rights guaranteed to me by the Constitution of the United States of America. The students who posted these comments, no matter how much you disapprove, still have the rights to make these comments, which are guaranteed to them by the Fist Amendment of the Constitution. If the University were to go through the state in order to find information on these student's without the proper legal process in place, then the Fourth Amendment would be violated.
There is no way for the University to win in this case. So what should they do?
First of all, they should not issue any form of "sensitivity training" or seminars of that kind. That will do more harm than good. It will be a mockery among students, and the students would be angry at the University and DLH for making them waste their time on something pointless.
Now, let me tell you a story, so you'll better understand my solution to the problem. Imagine you're in a position where if you say or do something wrong, there will be close to 80% of professors ready to protest for your removal from campus effective immediately and there will be no chance of you graduating from your university. Imagine, also, every time you put up a fliers for your organization, someone tears them all down within 24 hours.
I'm not talking about being part of DLH. I'm talking about being a College Republican on a liberal campus.
I don't consider that "partisan"-ist, or whatever you would like to call it. The point is that though we may not all experience racism in our lives, that doesn't mean we don't understand hate speech or even discrimination at some point in our lives. The best form of coping with it is not to acknowledge it in the first place because for the most part, the overwhelming majority of Americans are not racist, and those who are are typically looking for attention.
If I had a dollar every time I had to hear someone from the political science or psychology department said or implied people from small towns are racists, I'd probably have a considerable chunk of cash to pay tuition. And if I had a dollar every time someone attacked a Republican, I'd have my tuition possibly paid for by now - although, that would probably put me in a new tax bracket.
Point being: I and my fellow conservatives don't go to the administration or school newspaper and complain about unfair treatment and statements made by those on campus. Trust me, professors basically outright attacked a Republican last school year for our controversy over the Confederate flag. You don't change minds by complaining; you change the narrative by showing you are the bigger person and ignoring it, while also showing the community the good you can do. Lead by example.
If DLH actually wants to make a positive impact on campus, here is what they should do. Don't talk to the press or school newspaper. Don't get involved with the administration. Don't even acknowledge that the situation happened. If you show that you care about it, people will continue in order to get a reaction out of you for their own personal satisfaction.
Additionally, DLH should leave the fraternity quad. I honestly don't care who gets the house. If I had it my way, there'd be no fraternity quad at all. Think about it for a minute though. What message does it send to a campus when a group a black students choose not to live with those of another race, but only with those who are similar. It sends a message that you only want to associate with other blacks. It sends a message of self-segregation. What good did the entire Civil Rights Movement do you so that you could once again separate yourself from whites. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for a world where we could all live beside each other in harmony, not judging people "by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." It seems to me though, that if DLH cannot look beyond the color of their own skin; how can they expect the others who wrote these yaks to do the same?