Don’t Use the Term ‘Trap House’ in Your Party Invite at Yale Law School
At Yale Law School, a second-year student who is part Cherokee has come under fire from administrators and some black students for sending a message via an online forum inviting others to a party hosted by the Federalist Society and the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA). As Washington Free Beacon‘s Aaron Sibarium first reported, the issue stemmed from students objecting to the use of the word “trap house” when promoting the party, with critics from the Black Law Students Association alleging the party supports “black face” and that the conservative Federalist Society “has historically supported anti-Black rhetoric.” Administrators received nine complaints about the party invite, and promptly summoned the student in question to their office.
Once there, Ellen Cosgrove, an associate dean, and Yaseen Eldik, diversity director, hectored the student (who Free Beacon did not name), telling him that the use of the word “trap” and the mention of fried chicken was “triggering” to other students, in addition to the “email’s association with FedSoc.” Eldik told the student that “FedSoc belongs to political affiliations that are oppressive to certain communities,” mentioning the “LGBTQIA community and black communities and immigrant communities” specifically. Both administrators insinuated that if the student did not apologize, this incident could negatively affect his chances of passing the bar exam, which allows administrators to weigh in on matters of character, with Eldik even going so far as to draft an apology for the student to send. (The student ultimately declined to do so, instead writing in an online forum that he welcomed questions from those who had complained or taken offense.)
“As a man of color, there probably isn’t as much scrutiny of you as there might be of a white person in the same position,” Eldik told the student, per the Free Beacon‘s reporting. “I just want to acknowl
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