The University of Maryland, a publicly funded school, is promoting a new lecture series that blames and explores America's "commitment to white supremacy" as the reason why Donald Trump won the White House late last year.
The series, "Understanding Race and Class in the 2016 Election," is scheduled for the afternoon of Feb. 13 and will feature two lectures, according to Campus Reform.
The lecture set to headline the event is titled, "Make America White Again? The Racial Reasoning of American Nationalism," and will be given by University of Connecticut professor Matthew Hughey.
According to the abstract of his lecture, Hughey will be explaining Americans' rationale in voting for Trump, while breaking down middle America's logic into "four pillars" of "racial reasoning":
The pillars of that "racial Reasoning" are: (1) beliefs in nonwhite dysfunction and pathology; (2) a white patriotism that loves “America” and hates “the state;” (3) a sense of whiteness as Messianic paternalism; and (4) a palpable commitment to the nation that whiteness is under attack.
The point of Hughey's lecture, according to the abstract, is to demonstrate how Trump's rise to political power and the White House "was neither coincidence nor [a] fluke accident, but a natural and purposeful consequence of a social, political, and economic commitment to white supremacy."
Following Hughey is Ithaca College professor Paula Ioanide, who will be speaking on the "spiritual depravity, deadening, and social alienation of white America in the age of Trumpism," according to her lecture abstract:
I argue that these collective symptoms are fundamentally rooted in white Americans’ investments in gendered racism, which teach whites not only to deaden themselves to the suffering of others but to their own humanity. I show how white America's spiritual depravity, deadening, and social alienation drives not only interracial racist violence, but also white-on-white mass shootings, intra-racial violence in the families of police officers, prison guards, and soldiers, intimate partner violence, and environmental devastation.
"Thus, white America will either reckon with and remedy its collective spiritual degradation or the chickens will come home to roost," she adds.
Throughout Trump's run for the White House, and after he was elected president late last year, there have been many accusations from the progressive left that Trump has an affinity for white supremacy.