In this #DailyThought #Vlog, I discuss the murder of Army Lt. Richard Collins III. Lt. Collins, who is Black, was brutally stabbed to death by a White University of Maryland student, Sean Urbanski. Urbanski was a member of a white supremacist Facebook group known as Alt-Reich Nation. Collins was set to graduate from Bowie State University three days after his death.
Many people are asking how could something like happen on the campus of the University of Maryland, which is one of the most racially-diverse universities. I argue that because of this diversity and progressiveness, UMD is a prime place for white supremacists to try and maintain their symbolic power based on whiteness.