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White Citizenship as Terrorism: Make America Great Again, Again
March 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT
Despite calls for multiculturalism and color-blindness, segments of white America mourn their so-called loss of privilege, consistently begging to return to the nostalgic past in which their esteemed value as white citizens went unquestioned. Trump’s “Make America Great Again” appears to follow suit by offering a seemingly benign promise to return America to a previously “great” past. But the offer to “Make America Great Again, Again” requires we refocus on how the last four years of daily tweets and administrative actions redefine whiteness. If terrorism is defined as the use of violence and threats to create a state fear towards particular communities and identities, then this is what “Trumpism” is at its core. This talk offers to resituate Trumpism and white citizenship as forms of white terrorism enacted against the majority of people living within the borders of the U.S. and beyond.
Respondent: Mireille Pardon, Assistant Professor of History, Berea College