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Professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Cancels Speeches Amid Death Threats

HeadlineJun 02, 2017

And Princeton University professor of African-American studies Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor has canceled all her upcoming public appearances amid a wave of death threats that followed a Fox News report critical of her comments about President Donald Trump, which she made at a May 20 commencement address at Hampshire College in Massachusetts.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: “The president of the United States, the most powerful politician in the world, is a racist, sexist megalomaniac. It is not a benign observation but has meant tragic consequences for many people in this country, from the terror-inducing raids in the communities of undocumented immigrants to his disparaging of refugees in search of freedom and respite.”

Taylor said she would not give speeches planned for Seattle and San Diego this week, out of fear for the safety of her family after she received a torrent of vile comments and threats to her life. In a statement, Taylor wrote, “We have to change this dynamic and begin to build a massive movement against racism, sexism and bigotry in this country. I remain undaunted in my commitment to that project.”

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