Students, watch your yakking

Following discussion last month that Western Washington University‘s Viking mascot was viewed by some students as racist, debate on the smartphone app ranged from fair comment to outright racist remarks and threats of harm to individuals and all students of color at the college, including references to lynching, photos of a gun and a noose and comments that attacked the school’s student government president, a black woman, for criticizing the mascot: “This is the [n-word] who started the whole thing,” read one post. That and other threats on the app led to cancellation of classes Nov. 24 at the Bellingham-based university.