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Emory president apologizes over slavery comment

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The president of Emory University is apologizing for some controversial comments made in the school's magazine.

In his "Winter Message" in Emory Magazine, James Wagner wanted to illustrate the importance of compromise in politically divided times. He cited the so-called "Three-Fifths Compromise," in which Northern and Southern states agreed to count three-fifths of the slave population for determining representation, as an example of the writers of the Constitution working together.

Social media erupted in an uproar after the article was published, prompted Wagner to issue an apology.

"Certainly, I do not consider slavery anything but heinous, repulsive, repugnant, and inhuman. I should have stated that fact clearly in my essay. I am sorry for the hurt caused by not communicating more clearly my own beliefs. To those hurt or confused by my clumsiness and insensitivity, please forgive me," Wagner wrote.

The outrage over Wagner's comments came as Emory announced Rita Dove, an African-American former Poet Laureate, as its commencement speaker this year

READ MORE: Click here for the full article and apology in Emory Magazine

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