Clemson prof: 'All Republicans are racist scum'
- A Clemson University professor is labeling all Donald Trump supporters and Republicans as “racist scum," demanding that they "denounce your affiliation, or admit you're a racist.”
- Professor Bart Knijnenburg even directly advocated violence in one Facebook post, saying, “I admire anyone who stands up against white supremacy. Violent or non-violent," and adding the hashtag "#PunchNazis."
One Clemson University professor is labeling all Donald Trump supporters and Republicans as “racist scum.”
“All republicans? Yes,” he confirmed in the comments section. “Your complacency made this happen. Pick a side: denounce your affiliation, or admit you're a racist.”
Some individuals questioned the broad accusation, one of whom chided Knijnenburg that “We must be careful not to generalize as this is arguably the root cause of the extreme right's existence,” adding, “I've always looked up to you, as my 1st yr mentor but also for passing on the idea to study abroad. But it saddens me a bit to see this coming from you.”
“You should come live in the south for a while. It's exhausting,” Knijnenburg replied. “The republican ideology of ‘everyone is equal and nobody deserves a handout’ is naive at best, covertly racist at worst. I truly believe that turning a blind eye makes you complicit in what is happening now.”
“This society is aggressively structured to make cis white males succeed, at the expense of minorities,” Knijnenburg continued, though he didn’t stop there. In another post, Knijnenburg equates President Donald Trump, Trump voters, the GOP, and Steve Bannon to “Nazis,” the “KKK,” and the “Alt-right,” declaring that they are “all racists.”
Additionally, Knijnenburg explicitly endorses violence in one post, stating, “I admire anyone who stands up against white supremacy. Violent or non-violent. This needs to stop, by any means necessary. #PunchNazis”
Knijnenburg’s shared photos include one of childhood cartoon Winnie the Pooh. “What day is today?” Pooh asks in the picture, sitting on a log next to Piglet. Piglet responds, “It’s the day we burn this motherf***er to the ground,” and Pooh exclaims, “My favorite day.”
“It's not time to 'reunite,' 'start a dialogue,' or 'find peace.' It is time to eradicate racism by any means necessary,” Knijnenburg captioned the cartoon.
Confederate statues were also a target of Knijnenburg’s ire. One of his posts appears to advocate for the illegal removal of the statues, reading, “You bring down a confederate statue? -> I will give you a cookie!”
Knijnenburg’s advocacy didn’t stop with Confederate statues, however. In a shared photo from a page titled, “Crapitalism,” President Trump is quoted as saying, “George Washington was a slave owner… Are we gonna take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson?”
The meme concludes, “You’re g*dd**n right,” while Knijnenburg captioned the photo, “What I was thinking, too.”
Campus Reform reached out to Knijnenburg for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
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