East Carolina University plans to host well-known advocate for convicted cop-killers, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, to speak at their 2017 MLK celebration. The lecture is hosted by the university’s Office for Equity and Diversity and will take place on January 19th at 7:00 PM on their campus.
Dr. Hill coming to the school is not cheap either. According to Jeannine Hutson, who is the Interim Executive Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Marketing, the speaking fee for Dr. Hill is $21,000.
The fee is to cover Dr. Hill’s travel and other expenses. According to Mrs. Huston, “Dr. Hill was chosen as the MLK event speaker by the ECU Student Activities Board along with other student groups.”
Dr. Hill has made a name for himself for co-authoring a book with cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, along with describing another cop-killer, Christopher Dorner, as a “hero” on CNN.
In addition, Dr. Hill stated on CNN, as well on his Twitter account, that “Every 28 hours, an unarmed black person is killed by police”. Both Politifact and The Washington Post subsequently ruled the claim was false, and Hill corrected his statement after the articles were released.
During the Baltimore riots in 2015, he said the police force consisted more than just a “few bad apples” and claimed the police were really “an occupying force in the hood.”
Dr. Hill also stated that black people cannot be racist.
Some students and faculty are disappointed to see the activist come speak on campus because of his past rhetoric.
As one student, who attends ECU, told Hypeline:
“I think it’s sad that ECU is hosting a man who advocates for convicted cop-killers on a day we celebrate the man who said that, ‘Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.’ Martin Luther King Jr would have scoffed at Marc Lamont Hill’s radical ideology. Perhaps they should host him for Malcolm X’s birthday instead of MLK day.”
A professor, who wished to remain anonymous, told Hypeline about their concern with Dr. Hill’s rhetoric:
“I am very concerned. In my view, to invite someone who is known to espouse such beliefs is to suggest that ECU supports those beliefs. Since the protest during the National Anthem by some members of the Marching Pirates in early October, there have been many comments made in social media and in letters from ECU leadership about the need for ECU to find ways to build strong and collegial relationships despite differences in political ideology, race, gender, and so on.”
“However,” they added, “Marc Lamont Hill could inspire people to use violence and hate rather than discourse and respect.”
Another faculty member, who also wished to remain anonymous, said:
“[I’m not] saying all cops are good, that’s like anything else, but I truly feel Dr. King would not support ‘some’ of the things that Hill is supporting.”
Calls and emails to the Office of Equity and Diversity were not returned in time for publication.
Dr. Hill recently described black people who are meeting with President-elect Trump, such as Steve Harvey, as “mediocre Negroes“. He further stated:
“To keep bringing comedians and actors and athletes to represent black interests is demeaning, it’s disrespectful and it’s condescending. Bring some people up there with some expertise, Donald Trump. Don’t just bring up people to entertain.”
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