Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, an assistant professor of African American studies at Princeton University, cancelled a series of public events after she received death threats and hate e-mails after she gave the commencement address at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. In her address, Dr. Taylor was critical of the Trump administration, saying that the president was a “racist and sexist megalomania.” Fox News called the speech an “anti-POTUS tirade.”
In a statement, Dr. Taylor said she had been threatened with lynching and “having the bullet from a .44 caliber Magnum put in my head.”
Dr. Taylor stated that “the cancellation of my speaking events is a concession to the violent intimidation that was, in my opinion, provoked by Fox News. But I will not be silent. We need to build a massive movement against racism, sexism and bigotry in this country, I remain undaunted in my commitment to that project.”
Dr. Taylor is the author From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Haymarket Books, 2016). She holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.