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REI Colloquium – Shock Jocks, the Radical Right and the Roots of Trumpism, with Professor Cynthia A. Young
The Institute of Governmental Studies is pleased to present "Shock Jocks, the Radical Right and the Roots of Trumpism," a talk with Professor Cynthia A. Young (Associate Professor of African American Studies, English, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Penn State University).

This talk examines the deeper roots of Trumpism's xenophobia and white supremacy, arguing that President Trump benefitted from a wave of white fear and anger, rather than originating it. Tracing the origins of our current U.S. culture of intolerance and fear back to 9/11, Professor Young first considers Glenn Beck, a right-wing shock jock and Fox pundit, whose meteoric rise was largely due to his exploitation of the 9/11 attacks, which he typically discussed by couching Islamophobic and racist views in the language and rhetoric of the Black civil rights movement. Beck's rise fueled and coincided with the emergence of the Tea Party and the decentralization of the anti-immigration movement. After Obama's election, the Tea Party transformed its attacks on federal economic bailouts to attacks on the first Black president, whom they framed as anti-American, anti-white, a radical Socialist, and perhaps secretly Muslim. As the Tea Party coalesced in 2004, anti-immigration groups dispersed, turning their attention away from federal policy to focus on local and state level anti-immigration initiatives, joining local Tea Parties and other right-wing groups in the process. Militias and so-called "patriot" self-defense groups increasingly mobilized after Obama's election. These three elements — shock jock celebrity, the Tea Party, and white self-defense groups — were key ingredients fueling white xenophobia and anti-black racism in the first two decades of the 21st century.

This talk is part of the Race, Ethnicity and Immigration Colloquium, sponsored by IGS.

Dec 2, 2021 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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