Published August 15, 2017
An article on Mic about the future of the protest movement that has flourished in the wake of the election of President Donald Trump and how the country is recalculating the ways and means of protest interviews Carole Emberton, associate professor of history, who said today’s race-focused divisions and demonstrations, and how they’re handled, are an evolution of what came before. “What I do think is kind of unique about this moment is the way that these groups feel particularly emboldened by the current political situation that’s given rise to them really in the last couple of years,” she said of white supremacist organizations. “They take the lack of strong condemnation on the part of our highest political leaders, in particular the president, as sort of a tacit consent or tacit approval for what they’re doing.”
Emberton also was interviewed on WGRZ-TV for a story about the many causes of today’s racism. “I think the election of Donald Trump and the role that he's played in sort of tactically endorsing these kinds of actions and words and behaviors has played an important role," she said. "His hesitancy, or his reluctance...what appears to be his reluctance to sort of call these groups out have actually emboldened them."