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Published On: Wed, Feb 8th, 2017

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.

Chenjerai Kumanyika

“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.”

Kumanyika attacked Clemson President Clements’ statement in response to KKK flyers being left on campus in October, saying it was “behind the curve” and now took aim at the immigration order.

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.”

The Campus Reform article notes that Kumanyika was escorted from a Trump campaign rally early last year for impeding the crowd’s view while wearing an Islamic headdress, despite being a non-Muslim.

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.”

Professor May recently advocated for a boycott of the Wendy’s fast food chain in the Clemson campus newspaper and advocated for Milo Yiannopoulos’ death via Twitter ahead of a campus visit.

 

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