“White supremacists use medieval history to justify violent behavior.”
There has been a battle raging over Medieval history in higher education for a few years now. The left has really struggled to find a way to impose their social justice agenda on the subject.
The College Fix reports:
History scholar seeks to reclaim medieval period from white supremacists
Modern-day white supremacists look back fondly on a medieval period that was far more diverse than they would like to admit, a scholar of medieval studies told an event hosted by the University of Alabama-Huntsville’s history department.
The University of Maryland’s Colleen Ho said the Crusades are “used as an inspiration” by white supremacists for “the way they want things to look.”
She warned of “Templar revivalism” in the U.S. and around the world: “White supremacists use medieval history to justify violent behavior.”
Yet Ho continually emphasized that white supremacists – as well as Hollywood – overlook the diversity of this long-ago world and push “the myth that the Middle Ages were a predominantly white culture.”
Exactly how much danger white supremacists pose in the U.S. was never put in quantitative terms, however.
Nicole Pacino, a history professor at UA-Huntsville, opened the Monday evening virtual lecture by claiming white supremacists are a “major threat” in terms of terrorism in America.
She cited FBI Director Christopher Wray’s congressional testimony this fall that “racially motivated violent extremism” is the biggest segment of the FBI’s domestic terrorism cases, and “white supremacist-type ideology is certainly the biggest chunk” of that smaller bucket. (Wray named violent anarchists among other segments of domestic terrorism cases.)
And while Ho claimed that President Trump repeatedly “rejects the opportunity” to reject white supremacy, she failed to mention his highest profile rebuke of white supremacy after the Charlottesville riots. Ho cited Trump’s “Stand back and stand by” comment at the first presidential debate this year.
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