Alabama’s oldest private, historically black liberal arts college has committed to march in President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural parade, sparking much debate and outrage on social media.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Friday that the Talladega College Marching Tornadoes, along with nearly 40 other high school bands and military organizations, have confirmed they will be performing at the inaugural parade, reports AP.
ABC 33/40 interviewed local Talladega resident Desmund Ross, who owns a barbershop only minutes from the college, who said the decision of whether or not the Marching Tornadoes should take part in Trump’s inauguration has stirred up much discussion in the city. Ross stated, “We have to show our support, whether or not they want to support the president. It’s about themselves getting exposure for Talladega College to bring more students in.”
Ross wants his community to give the idea a chance and to support the school’s choice. He added, “You have to be proud of that and support that, especially coming from your own community. You can’t neglect that.”
Social media sites have been ablaze with opposing views about the school’s participation in the parade. One commenter suggested a group protest, while others voiced their support, bewildered as to why the race factor has been made into such a big deal.
Read some of the posts below:
@AP I'm not sure about this, but perhaps a group protest in front of the viewing stand would make it right…
— AbbieX (@AbbieX) January 2, 2017
@AP Excellent! Maybe the race issue is not as deep rooted without the race baiting people currently in power
— Donald Bland (@hrhippie) January 2, 2017
— Mick (@MichaelMick777) January 2, 2017
— Scott (@NorthSTLCounty) January 2, 2017
— Matt Siegel (@mattsiegel) January 2, 2017
H/T: Yahoo! News
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