Calling President Trump’s record on civil rights “abysmal,” the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People said on Tuesday that the president isn’t worthy of attending the Saturday opening of a civil rights museum in Mississippi.
“President Trump’s statements and policies regarding the protection and enforcement of civil rights have been abysmal, and his attendance is an affront to the veterans of the civil rights movement,” Derrick Johnson, NAACP president and chief executive, said in a statement. “He has created a commission to reinforce voter suppression, refused to denounce white supremacists, and overall, has created a racially hostile climate in this nation.”
Trump’s scheduled visit to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson has ignited controversy among civil rights groups and Jackson residents who have criticized the president’s relationship with African Americans and other racial minorities.
Civil rights groups have called out the president for moves they say are racially charged, including tweets against black athletes who kneel during the national anthem to protest racism and his description of a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., as one that included “some very fine people.”
“As a freedom fighter and contemporary of Emmett Till, Trump’s visit is an insult. He has never been a supporter of civil rights or equal opportunity or justice,” Amos Brown, an NAACP board member who is originally from Jackson, said in a statement.
Trump is attending the openings at the invitation of Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant.
Speaking at the White House on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said planned protests against Trump’s visit would be “very sad.”
“This should be something that brings the country together,” Sanders said.
SOURCE: L.A. Times – Jaweed Kaleem