Leftist Clemson professors Chenjerai Kumanyika, Todd May announce hunger strike to protest Trump’s immigration plans
Clemson University professors Chenjerai Kumanyika and Todd May announced a hunger strike Friday to protest President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that a third professor, Michael Sears, has also joined “The Fast Against Silence.”
Campus Reform reports that “Beginning Monday at Sikes Hall, The Fast Against Silence aims to pressure the Clemson University administration into publicly denouncing the order.”
“By fasting Professors Kumanyika and May would like also to express solidarity with those, for instance in Syria, who will be forced to go hungry because they will not be accepted as refugees into the United States,” Kumanyika explained in a press release on Facebook, attacking the 90-day ban.
“I think the fast is a way of symbolically showing solidarity with people who are actually hungry,” Kumanyika said. “For instance, recent estimates have said something like 6.6 million people are internally displaced in Syria, and many of them are trying to go to Turkey to come here and because of this ban, they can’t. They’re suffering, they’re in war-torn conditions — so they’re actually hungry.”
Clements wrote that Clemson had identified approximately 115 students from the affected countries, and was in the process of “reaching out to help them access resources, get answers to their questions regarding the executive order, and provide additional assistance as we can.”
May insists that “Clemson is actively assisting in the creation of alternatives that further normalize the ban,” asserting that failing to speak out forcefully against Trump’s executive order “is the very definition of cowardice.”
In an open letter Clemson Football coach Dabo Swinney, Kumanyika described Swinney as, “a white man who makes somewhere in the area of $5 million a year from the physical labor and bodily risk of unpaid black athletes.”