A Princeton professor and author of “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation,” said in a statement Wednesday that she has canceled her upcoming public appearances after receiving threats in reaction to inflammatory comments about President Donald Trump.
The assistant professor of African American Studies, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, canceled her talks at Seattle’s Town Hall and the University of California-San Diego shortly after giving a commencement speech at Hampshire College in which she called Trump a “racist and sexist megalomaniac.”
Fox News posted a video about her speech a week after the event with the headline Princeton professor goes on anti-POTUS tirade.
Taylor said she has since received more than 50 threatening emails and claimed that, “shortly after the Fox story and video were published, my work email was inundated with vile and violent statements.”
She stated that Fox ran the story to “incite and unleash the mob-like mentality of its fringe audience,” according to the Associated Press.
Taylor told students during her speech they were graduating into an uncertain and “increasingly dangerous” environment under the new president. She alleged that Trump built his campaign upon “racism, corporatism, and militarism” and “poses a threat to [the] future,” according to The Washington Times.
Taylor made a statement on Facebook Wednesday, saying, “I am canceling my appearances for fear of my safety and my family’s safety,” and added that she has been threatened with “lynching and having the bullet from a .44 Magnum put in [her] head.”
She refuses to be silent in the face of “actual threat[s] of white supremacist, terrorist violence.”
“Their side uses the threat of violence and intimidation because they cannot compete in the field of politics, ideas, and organizing,” she wrote.
The Princeton professor is currently on sabbatical.
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