College professor: Black people are ‘screwed’ because ‘white people are in charge’
Jon Street Apr 20, 2017 3:26 pm
University of Pittsburgh professor Shanara Reid-Brinkley, giving a 2013 lecture at the Eddie Conway Liberation Institute, said black people are "screwed" because "white people are in charge." (Image source: Vimeo screen cap)
A college professor in Pennsylvania says black people are “screwed” because “white people are in charge.”
Dr. Shanara Reid-Brinkley, assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s communications department, held a special lecture Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, the school’s Badger Herald newspaper reported. During the presentation titled, “Anti-Blackness and the Political: Millennials, Black Intellectuals, and the Re-shaping of American Politics,” Reid-Brinkley referred to President Donald Trump’s administration, suggesting black people are less free today than they were before Trump took office.
“I think that we’re all screwed because white people are in charge,” Reid-Brinkley said, according to the Badger Herald.
Reid-Brinkley said that because democracy was built on anti-blackness, black people will never have the same freedoms as whites. She also alleged that white people are to blame for issues, such as global warming, genocide, and colonization and that none of these “problems” will be solved until black people — not white people— are in charge.
The University of Pittsburgh academic cautioned the Democratic National Committee that it could soon lose one of its largest voter blocs if it doesn’t shift its focus more to the issues black millennial voters care about.
“The DNC in the next 20 years is going to lose its voting bloc if it does not learn this lesson,” Reid-Brinkley said.
According to FiveThirtyEight, far fewer millennials consider themselves to be Democrats than the generation before them. The site also reported in September that 48 percent of black millennials identified as politically independent, compared with 35 percent of baby boomers saying the same.
More specifically, FiveThirtyEight reported a “generational divergence from the overwhelming black loyalty to the Democratic Party.”
FiveThirtyEight had an observation of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton:
Compared to older black Americans, millennials are more likely to see Clinton as not trustworthy in general, or not progressive enough on issues like decreasing the cost and debt load of a college education or reducing racial bias in policing and incarceration. Others are broadly cynical about the possibility for political change.
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