Consumer DNA databases, like FamilyTreeDNA and GEDmatch, have opened up new avenues for law enforcement investigators to identify people suspected of committing serious crimes. But the new technique raises privacy concerns.
On one September night, two separate black students at American University reported racially-charged incidents involving bananas in Anderson dormitory. The school responded by opening an investigation of each incident and by hosting a community conversation earlier this week. While the university’s president denounced the events, students led by the Black Students Association have posted – both online and on campus – messages revealing what they believe to be “the real A.U.” A sophomore at American University joins Kojo to discuss the events, the university’s response and what students expect moving forward.
- Ryan Shepard American University Junior, Event Director of American University's Black Student Alliance
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