Derecka Purnell Unpacks Risks When the Powerful Play the Victim

Former Fellow Derecka Purnell (’17) examined the rise in hate crimes since the 2016 election in an article she wrote for Slate (“Trump’s ‘Lynching’ Tweet Isn’t Just Offensive. It’s Dangerous,” Oct. 24). “As long as [the president] continues to feign victimhood, people will defend him by attacking people of color, immigrants, poor people and people of faith,” Derecka concluded.