- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Cornell University professor attending a Black Lives Matter protest last week said a majority of white people are racist and called a police advocacy group a “terrorist organization.”

Russell Rickford, an assistant professor of history who “specializes in the black radical tradition,” divided white people into three categories in his eight-minute rant captured on video.

“There will always be a segment of white America that is overtly irredeemably racist,” Mr. Rickford said during the July 8 rally at the Southside Community Center in Ithica, New York. “Forget about them. They’re not worth your time.”

Next, the Ivy League professor continued, there is a “segment of white America that considers itself enlightened,” but is also racist.

“They outwardly reject the symbols of white supremacy, yet they aggressively protect their white privilege,” he said, adding that “deep in their heart, they despise your blackness more than anything else.”

Finally, there is a “sliver, a sliver of white America that hates white supremacy and that hates capitalism,” Mr. Rickford said. “These are the folks that you need to organize with.”

Mr. Rickford went on to denounce capitalism as an “anti-human system,” saying “most of us are losers under capitalism.”

He called on the audience to build a “grass-roots, anti-racist movement to defeat capitalism altogether.”

“And it’s not going to happen at the ballot box,” he said.

Mr. Rickford later called the Fraternal Order of Police a “terrorist organization” and criticized the presumptive nominees of both political parties, calling Republican Donald Trump a “neo-fascist.”

“To hell with the Republican Party and to hell with the goddamn Democratic Party,” he said. “Hillary Clinton is a warmongering imperialist and a lapdog of the corporate elite. We don’t need a woman CEO of capitalism. Hell, you had a black CEO of capitalism — what did that get you?”

• Bradford Richardson can be reached at brichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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