A communications professor at Fairfield University says one American president has fueled racism in the country, and it’s not the one you think.
Dr. Audra Kate Nuru says the presidency of Barack Obama incited racism in America, according to a report by The Daily Caller.
“I’m not saying by any means that Barack Obama incited racism,” Nuru was quick to point out at the Conference on Diversity and Equity (CDE). She said Obama’s presidency opened up the potential for racist attacks because his skin color left him more vulnerable to criticism.
“Him being in office, people who were already racist got a platform to address this publicly,” Nuru said.
Nuru’s program of research focuses on how people with “multiple identities” can understand who they are. According to her Fairfield University profile, Nuru “examines how individuals from minority social groups communicate to make sense of themselves” and helps “facilitate the development of healthy self-concepts among multiethnic-racial and LGBTQ communities.”
During her presentation at the CDE, Nuru attempted to help her listeners recognize that the public resorted to racism during Obama’s two terms. Examples included birthers who questioned whether Obama was born in Kenya, and those who made references to Obama’s middle name of Hussein. She also pointed to Rush Limbaugh, who she said used the term “halfrican-American,” citing comments like his as the reason “explicitly racist messages have steadily increased since 2010.”
Nuru mentioned President Donald Trump’s “privilege,” saying his entitled platform comes with the “responsibility of equitable and just discourses.” She believes that post election, the president needs to take ownership for hate crimes supposedly committed in his name.
Nuru also believes in “intersectionality,” which means people can be both privileged and oppressed, simultaneously. “You can have immense privilege in some areas, yet still be oppressed,” she said.
She plays a fun game with students to showcase their potential advantages, too. During her communications class, they play “privilege bingo.” As she calls out assorted “privileges,” the students mark them off as they apply. Apparently, the “super privileged” get to “bingo” first.
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