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TSU president: 'Disappointed senator misinterpreted' banquet remarks as racist

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University president Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover was speaking at an event hosted by the NAACP Monday night. Her talk focused on education and democracy. University president Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover was speaking at an event hosted by the NAACP Monday night. Her talk focused on education and democracy.
State Senator Jim Summerville was in the audience and said that is when he got up and walked out. State Senator Jim Summerville was in the audience and said that is when he got up and walked out.

(WMC-TV) - The president of Tennessee State University is fighting back after a state senator called remarks she made during a banquet racist.

University president Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover was speaking at an event hosted by the NAACP Monday night. Her talk focused on education and democracy.

According to the Tennessean, Glover told the audience "we're dealing with a selfish government and a cruel electorate; one that's not only yelling disrespect for our nation's president but has shown its downright disregard, disrespect, and absolute disdain for our president ... And has made his skin color the number one judging Criteria."

State Senator Jim Summerville was in the audience and said that is when he got up and walked out.

"Doctor Glover disparaged my constituents and the people of Tennessee by telling us we cannot disagree with the Presidents of the United States. If we do, we're racist. We're criticizing him because he's black. She doesn't dispute the quote and that's intolerable. She has the right to say what she wants, but that's bigoted," said Summerville.

The university president said the following in a statement:

I was invited to deliver the keynote address at the Dickson County NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner on the occasion of the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday. I am disappointed that Sen. Summerville misinterpreted the context of my comments. This goes to show how difficult it is to discuss race in America. What's even more tragic is that Sen. Summerville, having authored a book, Educating Black Doctors; A History of MeHarry Medical College, understands the substance of my entire speech. President Obama has even acknowledged that race is a factor in his presidency. Again, it's unfortunate, and I have reached out to him and look forward to speaking with him personally.

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