African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

Dr. Kevin Cokley in The Globe Post and on Fox 7 Good Day Austin discussing race, America, and Trump.

Tue, August 29, 2017
Dr. Kevin Cokley in The Globe Post and on Fox 7 Good Day Austin discussing race, America, and Trump.
White Supremacists marched in the campus of University of Virginia in Charlottesville on Friday night

White supremacy has reared its ugly head once again, this time on the venerable college campus of the University of Virginia. On Aug. 11, white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, VA, to protest the removal of a statue memorializing Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee, which they considered to be a direct attack on, and erasure of, their heritage. The so-called “pro-white” rally quickly turned violent, eventually resulting in the death of one person, 32-year-old paralegal Heather Heyer, and injuries to over 30 people. On Aug. 12, hours after the start of the violent Charlottesville protests, President Trump tweeted that we must be united and condemn all that hate stands for. There was no specific mention of the reason behind the protests: the hateful rhetoric and agenda being promulgated by white supremacists, the K.K.K., and neo-Nazis. It should not be confusing to people why white supremacists and neo-Nazis support Mr. Trump. What is confusing is why people are in an uproar that President Trump did not specifically condemn white supremacy in his initial responses to the Charlottesville violence. There is nothing in Mr. Trump’s biography, character or history that would lead one to believe he has the moral foundation or capacity to categorically reject bigotry, racism and white supremacy.

To read more of Dr. Cokley’s article in The Globe Post, click here.

For a video of Dr. Cokley on Fox 7 Good Day Austin, click here

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