Talladega College, the oldest historically black liberal arts college in Alabama, is facing criticism for deciding to have the school’s Tornado Marching Band perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration later this month.
The Marching Tornados, as the band is known, will be one of half a dozen university marching bands to appear during the ceremony, along with a number of high school bands, police bands, and other groups. The college has so far refused to comment about their participation.
The fact that a band from a black college will be performing at the inauguration of a man with a long public record of racism dating back to the 1970s (and continuing throughout his presidential campaign and afterwards) has upset many observers, including alumni of the school.
“I don’t want my alma mater to give the appearance of supporting him,” Shirley Ferrill, a member of the Class of 1974, told CBS News. “Ignore, decline or whatever, but please don’t send our band out in our name to do that.”
On the other hand Talladega student Dollan Young started his own petition in defense of the college band. “Its not to support of no political party its about the experience that the students will obtain,” he says in his appeal.
This is pretty conflicting situation for me because on one hand I understand not supporting Donald Trump and what he stands for and at the same time I am also sensitive to the fact that for some of the students the exposure and experience is equally as important.
I am curious to hear your thoughts, do you think Talladega should withdraw in protest? Or do you support their decision to attend?