UC Berkeley’s Robert Loyola: We should not be talking about a white president

Loyolans’ article by oakland,press article A former UCLA professor has called on the nation’s most prestigious universities to end a yearlong campaign to promote a white nationalist agenda at their colleges.

In a column published by The Los Angeles Times, Loylan Miller argued that colleges and universities are “entitled” to hold events with speakers who share their views, even if they disagree with the views expressed by those speakers.

Miller, who now works for a private investment firm, argued that students need to learn that the country has “a long and proud history of racial and religious tolerance.”

He noted that the first African-American president of the United States was elected in 1860 and that the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

“While white supremacy has been on the decline for decades, it has never been as dangerous or destructive as the racism of Donald Trump, who has repeatedly expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler,” Miller wrote.

“The white nationalist ideology espoused by Trump and his supporters is dangerous.

It has no place in our schools.”

Miller also argued that campuses should be “more transparent about the speakers who they invite to speak” and urged students to sign a petition with the name of a prominent college that will not accept any white supremacist speakers.UC Berkeley students will also not have to pay to attend such events, and the school has announced it will also drop its plan to hold a “White Lives Matter” rally in the Rose Garden on Jan. 21.

UC Berkeley has previously announced it would be canceling events with white nationalists in the wake of Trump’s election win.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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