Neiman Conference 2017: Discerning the Truth in the 2016 Presidential Election

Session one of the 2017 Neiman Conference, Discerning Truth in the 2016 Presidential Election, focused on racism in the United States. The speeches during this session pertained to racism as it connects to the presidency. 

The first speaker was Mark McPhail, a professor from Indiana University-Northwest. McPhail gave an eloquent speech about the "ethics of cathartic redemption," addressing the flawed logic of a desire for redemption from racism without first acknowledging its existence. 

McPhail quoted a well-known civil rights activist:

“Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest.” -Ella Baker

Throughout his speech, he emphasized the need for the normalization of anti-adaptive racism, drawing connections to Trump's succession of Obama.  

Minneapolis—A very strongly worded demonstration of some students' opinions.

Minneapolis—A very strongly worded demonstration of some students' opinions.

McPhail referred to Trump's favorite slogan, "Make America Great Again!" and pointed out that Trump seems to view the term "great" as synonymous to "white." 

Though Trump may deny it, I think McPhail makes an excellent point. As much as our president denies his obvious racism, his decisions, his words, do not reflect that at all.