For 45 years, KJHK has broadcasted student voices in order to provide a platform for sharing their personalities and passions with the community.
Not only do we work to empower our members, but we encourage all students to use their voices and wield their power.
The public status of the KU Student Body President Niya McAdoo does not constitute an exception to their right to express their beliefs, and by that same token, others have the right to state their opposition to those beliefs.
However, for the last 10 days, Niya has faced an unacceptable response that has included threatening comments, racial slurs, and being condemned for exercising their protected right.
There is a long history of university students fighting to express themselves freely, and we believe very strongly that the right for student voices to be heard, even those in leadership positions, should not be infringed. Furthermore, we believe that those that are angered by the Student Body President’s re-tweet do themselves and their communities a disservice if they decide to react using racial epithets and death threats instead of engaging in a dialogue around the reasons that a person of color might feel this way in modern-day America.
KJHK will not stand silent in the fight for free expression and anti-racism.
Kade Schoenfeldt, Station Manager Wyatt Hall, Content Director Natalie Lindsey, Communications Director Cooper Hart, Programming Director Keller Welton, Music Director Patrick Sullivan, Music Director Isabella Koscal, Development Director Mazzy Martinez, Community Engagement Director Emma Hopkins, Live Events Coordinator Erin Bugee, Creative Director Max Indiveri, In-Studio Director Ellynn Mayo, Web Content Editor Cole Billings, Audio Content Director Fabian Rosales, Video Content Director