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CA professor says being a Swift fan is 'slightly racist,' Chiefs winning Super Bowl is a 'white supremacist conspiracy'
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CA professor says being a Swift fan is 'slightly racist,' Chiefs winning Super Bowl is a 'white supremacist conspiracy'

A California professor suggested that it might be racist to be a Taylor Swift fan. The professor, who is no stranger to controversy, made the suggestion after the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers, according to the New York Post.

Melina Abdullah is a professor of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. She decided to take her views about Taylor Swift to X after the Super Bowl, where she wrote: "Why do I feel like it’s slightly racist to be a Taylor Swift fan?”

When another X user claimed "everything is racist," Abdullah simply replied, "Indeed!"

According to Abdullah's X bio, she is a "Professor of Pan-African Studies at Cal State LA, #BlackLivesMatter organizer, Pan-Africanist, Hip Hop scholar, daughter of God, womanist, truth-teller, mama." The New York Post also noted that she is a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter's Los Angeles chapter.

When another X user asked Abdullah to clarify what she meant by her original post, she said: “I said FEEL, not think. Kind of like that feeling I get when there are too many American flags.”

Not long after, she followed up her original post with a second one, which read: “Why do I feel like this was some right-wing, white-supremacist conspiracy?!?! Booooooo!!!! #SuperBowl.”

However, this is not the first time Abdullah has made questionable statements online. In 2022, she said no white people were welcome to Juneteenth celebrations. She wrote: “Attention white people… Please don’t ask if you can come to the cookout… #Juneteenth is freedom day for Black folks."

“It should be #Reparations day for white folks.”

The Post reported that in 2021, Abdullah tried to defend Jussie Smollet after he was found guilty of staging a fake hate crime.

“In our commitment to abolition, we can never believe police, especially the Chicago Police Department (CPD) over Jussie Smollett, a Black man who has been courageously present, visible, and vocal in the struggle for Black freedom. While policing at-large is an irredeemable institution, CPD is notorious for its long and deep history of corruption, racism, and brutality."

Smollet claimed that he was attacked by two white men screaming, "This is MAGA country," in the middle of the night in Chicago. The incident was claimed to have taken place in 2019. But in December 2021, Smollet was found guilty of falsely reporting a hate crime.

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