The Student Government Association at Emory University has approved a measure to purchase up to 400 copies of an anti-racism book from a Black-owned bookstore in Atlanta after facing pressure and backlash for stalling the decision.
The bill, an edited version of the previously delayed bill, passed 13-1, the Emory Wheel student newspaper reported.
Association members at Emory did not respond to multiple requests for comment from The College Fix, nor does it post meeting minutes, agendas and resolutions online publicly.
The original bill sought to purchase 400 copies of Angela Davis’ “Are Prisons Obsolete” — a book that can be read in full for free online. Those books were also to be purchased from the local Black-owned bookstore Medu, then mailed to students, according to the Wheel.
That bill to purchase Davis’ books was delayed by SGA earlier this month which generated anger and outrage, prompting student groups and the Emory Wheel editorial board to denounce the student government.
The “Coalition of Black Organizers and Clubs at Emory” issued an open letter to SGA, saying they “were deeply troubled by the decision to delay the vote, and the purchase of 400 copies of ‘Are Prisons Obsolete’ by Angela Davis from a black-owned bookstore.”
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