SD State Senator Interrupted Interfaith Gathering to Advocate Racist Policies

In January 2018 a state senator in South Dakota, while interrupting an interfaith gathering at the state capitol, advocated banning Muslim individuals from traveling to the US. Two days earlier, the state senator had called for a working group to assess the cost of settling refugees in the state. That he began his comments by yelling “I don't like being called a racist,” indicates that he is aware that his positions are deemed divisive. His comments and his positions on immigration, particularly by those from Muslim countries, are an example of institutionalized racism.