College Defends Event That Associates “White Citizenship” With Terrorism
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Berea College, a small Christian school in Kentucky, will host a seminar that associates “white citizenship” with terrorism.
The flyer also takes a critical approach to the “Make America Great Again” slogan.
“Despite calls for multiculturalism and color-blindness, segments of white America mourn their so-called loss of privilege, consistently begging to return to the nostalgic past in which their esteemed value as white citizens went unquestioned,” read a promotional poster obtained by Young America’s Foundation.
“Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ appears to follow suit by offering a seemingly benign promise to return America to a previously ‘great’ past,” the poster states. “But the offer to ‘Make America Great Again, Again,’ requires we refocus on how the last four years of daily tweets and administrative actions redefine whiteness. If terrorism is defined as the use of violence and threats to create a state of fear towards particular communities and identities, then this is what ‘Trumpism’ is at its core.”
Berea College defended the controversial and racist event in a statement to The Todd Starnes Radio Show.
“To some, the provocative title of the event implies that Berea is not a welcoming place for individuals with differing political views. That is not true,” the statement read. “At Berea, we strive to live out our motto: God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth. Berea accepts students of all faiths (or none at all), religious beliefs, ethnicities and political leanings, creating a diverse environment that encourages acceptance, respect and even appreciation across our differences.”
The college said they encourage open dialog on difficult topics.
“Racism and white nationalism have been topics of great debate over the past five years,” they said. “The event planned for next week seeks to confront aspects of the political spectrum that relate to the difficult topic of race in America. While that may cause discomfort, it is a valid and important conversation in this time of political and racial division. It is our hope that these types of conversations will occur across the country. Open, honest dialogue is essential to understanding racism and moving toward an anti-racist society.”
In the spirit of open and honest dialogue, this seminar smacks of racism against white people and Trump supporters.
If Berea College really wants to heal the racial and political divisions in America, they can start by refusing to host speakers who hate white Trump supporters.