On Nov 2, Dillard University, a historically black university located in New Orleans, hosted six candidates for the U.S. Senate race and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke was a participant. Students were outraged that an alleged racist would be welcomed by the Dillard University President Walter M. Kimbrough.
The debate hosted at an HBCU with a mission of educating African-Americans was the final showdown before the Nov. 8 primary elections for the U.S. Senate. The schools president has been under intense scrutiny over the last two weeks — and more scrutiny is likely coming.
Inside Higher Ed reports that candidates attacked Duke, during the nationally televised debate. At one point, Duke denied being a supremacist, saying he believes in equal rights for all and that the media spreads “hate propaganda” against white people.
NPR Reports: Duke’s candidacy comes during an election season in which white nationalists have supported Donald Trump in the presidential race. Trump has disavowed Duke’s support.
Yet Duke fashions himself an ally, ready to fight what he, too, calls a rigged system and vowing to take care of Hillary Clinton.
“The lady should be getting the electric chair, being charged with treason,” he said during the debate.
EURweb reported that Brielle Kennedy, one of about 70 students reportedly involved in the protest was arrested after she stated, “They’re allowing a terrorist, a neo-Nazi Ku Klux Klan member to be secured in a building in which we paid thousands of dollars to attend annually.”
According to the Times Picayune, “Campus police made the arrests, including that of one Dillard student, after a group of protesters lay down in front of the university’s main campus, blocking cars from leaving after the debate. They were booked into New Orleans city jail on charges of obstructing traffic,” Dillard spokesman David Grubb said Thursday.
Watch video of the protests below:
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