A Native American law student at Yale says he’s being pressured into apologizing by a former Obama aide turned diversity tsar for sending a party invite that described his home as a ‘trap house.'
The September 15 invite was deemed ‘triggering’ by Yale’s director of diversity and inclusion Yaseen Eldik, who previously worked in the Obama administration's White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership.
The student who sent it has spoken to DailyMail.com about his ordeal, but did not wish to be identified over fears for his future career prospects.
He said he is being further persecuted for being a member of the Federalist Society, a group of conservative and libertarian lawyers who advocate for an 'originalist' interpretation of the US Constitution, with the Society itself founded at Yale.
His invitation to a September 18 party was sent to members of the elite school’s Native American Law Students Association (NALSA).
‘Sup NALSA,’ the note said. ‘Hope you’re feeling social! This Friday at 7:30, we’ll be christening our very own (soon to be) world-renowned NALSA Trap House by throwing a Constitution Day bash in collaboration with FedSoc.
‘Planned attractions include Popeye’s chicken, basic-b**ch-American-themed snacks (like apple pie), a cocktail station, assorted hard and soft beverages, and (most importantly) the opportunity to attend the NALSA Trap House’s inaugural mixer!’
The above invite triggered some recipients, who said it contained racially insensitive language
The note was sent to members of Yale Law School's Native American Law Students Association
A trap house is a term used to describe a place in a sketchy part of town where illegal drugs are sold.
The party host – who requested anonymity to protect his reputation – met on October 12 with Eldik, who pressured the student to apologize to facilitate ‘community healing’ over the invite after it triggered nine complaints in a matter of hours.
Yale Law School associate dean Ellen Cosgrove, who also attended the meeting, warned that the situation could ‘escalate’ without reconciliation.
The student told DailyMail.com that he didn’t realize chicken would be considered an offensive dish – nor did he realize the triggering effects of ‘trap house’- until hearing Eldik’s explainer.
Yale’s director of diversity and inclusion Yaseen Eldik encouraged the student to apologize
During yesterday’s meeting, which the student recorded, Eldik said the latter