On Monday night, about 30 college students were kicked out of a Donald Trump rally at their own school — Valdosta State University.
The students weren’t kicked out for protesting.
They weren’t kicked out for chanting or creating a disturbance.
They were tossed out of their own school’s venue because Trump didn’t want them there.
The students believe they were tossed out simply because they were black.
We’ve come to expect this type of racism and oppression at Trump rallies. But it doesn’t mean we have to accept it — especially at a public university in Georgia.
>>>Call Gov. Deal at (404) 656-1776 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and tell him to speak out against discrimination on state property.
While it’s important that we speak out, we’re not counting on Gov. Deal to take action. Remember, this is the same governor who refused to support the first desegregated prom at a Wilcox County High School in 2013.
Just last month, when state senator Tommy Benton defended the Ku Klux Klan and called slaves “property,” Deal remained silent. Benton still holds his leadership positions in the legislature.
With Georgia politicians who are unwilling to take a stand against racism, it’s no wonder that Trump that felt comfortable kicking black students out of their own public university — a university that, until 1963 was all-white.
It’s up to us to hold our elected officials accountable when they refuse to support Civil Rights and equality. Failing to do so signals to bigots like Trump and Benton that they can bully their way into turning the clocks back to 1963.
Gov. Deal’s pattern of silence on Civil Rights issues is inexcusable. Call him at (404) 656-1776 and demand that he condemn discrimination on state property.