It has been accomplished: a polite, civil, constructive conversation about Donald Trump.
National correspondent and talk show host for MSNBC Joy Reid came to the College of Charleston Thursday to mediate a discussion between distinguished faculty members on the first year of Trump’s presidency.
Hundreds of people reserved tickets to listen to the discussion based around race and social injustice since Trump’s election.
The panel featured five distinguished faculty members from the College including a communications professor, two African American studies professors, a religion professor and a political science professor. Each faculty member had their own unique perspective on the world since Trump’s election based on their field of interest.
President Trump is a polarizing topic on College of Charleston’s campus. While students were active about their opinions before the election, the results elicited marches, protests and political activations of student organizations.
While the Trump administration is a touchy subject, he is still the President regardless of how many people wish he weren’t and that’s something worth discussing.
Mike Lee, a communications professor at the College provided an interesting perspective on how Trump is portrayed in the news.
“There are two Trump Presidencies going on. One is the Trump show that we see on mainstream news concerned with his personality,” said Lee, “The other is a shadow Presidency with very typical Republican politics similar to what Bush was doing in office.”
The Trump show is portrayed in media because it makes for a better story and higher revenue
Reid’s mediation of the questions covered racial and social tension since Trump’s election, but overall danced around discussion of Trump himself.
Regardless, a room full of people was successfully able to talk and listen to opinions about social and racial movements with perspectives from both sides.
Since the election, the climate of students and Charleston has invoked a feeling of discomfort and fear, but as Reid stated, “fear is mobilizing.”
Mobilization of movements and protests is pinpointed as “troublemaking” in this day and age.
“Now a days when people go against the status quo, they’re labeled a troublemaker,” said Dr. Anthony Greene, an African American studies and sociology Professor at the College. “In the future, those troublemakers will be considered dedicated activists.”