SUNY - Geneseo
Dr. Anthony Macula is a Professor of Mathematics at the State University of New York at Geneseo (SUNY-Geneseo). Dr. Macula has accused former President Donald J. Trump of embodying the “white power” movement, and labeled Trump voters as “civically irresponsible.”
Following the presidential victory of Donald J. Trump in November of 2016, Dr. Macula sent out an email—obtained by the Livingston County News—addressing the election to roughly 600 staff members at the university. In the letter, Dr. Macula accuses Trump’s campaign of “legitimizing the white supremacy movement.” He further demands to know the rationale of the email recipients who “irresponsibly voted for Trump.”
“I would like to know why. Why have many of our local business, civic and political figures supported Trump? Who are you? Please explain your vote because this is not the same thing as voting for Romney, Bush, Dole or Reagan. In my mind, the “aid and comfort” that Trump has given to the white power movement is a grave and existential threat to our democracy. I just don’t see putting that aside for an economic policy position or some other social or personal affirmation found in a vote or [sic] Trump.”
Dr. Macula accuses Trump voters of “abandoning their civic responsibility” and prefaces that he will pose two questions towards Trump voters who receive his email:
“If you voted for Trump, my default opinion is that you abandoned your civic responsibility. Maybe you could convince me otherwise; I am open to talking. Let me know you voted for Trump. I will in turn ask you the questions below and we can go from there.”
Dr. Macula then asks Trump supporters what he considers to be “reasonable questions;” Do they believe in “white supremacy,” and do they believe in a “multiethnic democracy?”
“For all other Trump voters, I favor accountability first and understanding second. So, you voted for a candidate who embodies the white power movement and was enthusiastically endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other white supremacy groups. I think it perfectly reasonable to ask you the following questions:
– Do you believe in white power and the supremacy (of) the white race?
– Do (you) believe that a multiethnic and multicultural democracy and succeed?
“Yes” or “No.” I will respond accordingly.”
Following a public outcry, Dr. Macula proceeded to defend his remarks on Tucker Carlson Tonight in December of 2016.
The full interview may be viewed below.
Parents and Students may contact the Department of Mathematics at the State University of New York-Geneseo at (585) 245-5000
Updated – August 19, 2021