Barack Obama’s presidency only increased racism, according to Fairfield University communications professor Audra Nuru. While there are certainly those who claim former President Obama intentionally fuelled racial division during his tenure, Nuru actually says that people who were already racist were given the opportunity to publicly criticize a black president and thus further develop their existing racism.
At the annual diversity and equity conference of the Association of Jesuit Colleges this month, Nuru claimed that Obama made racist attacks possible, simply because he was black and could be criticized by whites.
“I’m not saying by any means that Barack Obama incited racism. I’m saying that him being in office, people who were already racist got a platform to address this publicly and reify it,” said Nuru.
The Daily Caller reports:
Nuru cites the birthers who insisted Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii, as well as the references to Obama’s middle name of Hussein as evidence of this racist “platform.” She also mentioned the use of the term “halfrican-American” by conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh as another reason “that explicitly racist messages have steadily increased since 2010.”
Nuru also found a way to blame Presdient Donald Trump for this alleged racist trend, suggesting that he should have taken ownership of supposed hate crimes committed in his name and the language of his campaign.
“With this privilege of a platform should come the responsibility of equitable and just discourses. Unfortunately, that’s not the case,” she said.