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Rosenberg writes: "The NAACP is urging President Trump to skip the opening celebration for a civil rights museum in Mississippi, which he plans to attend, with the organization's leader sharply criticizing the president's record on civil rights."

Ellie Dahmer, whose husband Vernon was killed by the Ku Klux Klan in 1966, tours the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum at a private preview. (photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)
Ellie Dahmer, whose husband Vernon was killed by the Ku Klux Klan in 1966, tours the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum at a private preview. (photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

NAACP Issues Stay Away Advisory to Trump for Civil Rights Event

By Eli Rosenberg, The Washington Post

06 December 17


he NAACP is urging President Trump to skip the opening celebration for a civil rights museum in Mississippi, which he plans to attend, with the organization’s leader sharply criticizing the president’s record on civil rights.

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, a project of the state’s Department of Archives and History, is set to open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday in Jackson, the state capital. The event will feature speeches from civil rights leaders and elected officials, including Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R), who extended the invitation to the president.

But NAACP President Derrick Johnson said in a sharply worded statement that Trump’s attendance would be an “affront” to the movement commemorated by the museum.

“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,” Johnson said. “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.”

Some civil rights leaders and black ministers have said they will protest the president’s visit to the museum.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called those protest plans “honestly very sad” during her afternoon briefing on Tuesday.

“I think this is something that should bring the country together to celebrate the opening of this museum and highlighting [the] civil rights movement and the progress that we’ve made,” she said. “And I would hope that those individuals would join in that celebration instead of protesting it.”

“However, they have every right to protest it,” she added.

The NAACP, founded in 1909, is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious civil rights organizations. The organization’s rebuke is likely to touch off a new round of debate about the president’s views on racial minorities and civil rights.

Some of the president’s actions, including his refusal at times to disavow white supremacists and his vocal support for Confederate monuments, have been the subject of fierce debate.

He was roundly criticized for his response to the deadly unrest in Charlottesville in August, when he said “both sides” were to blame.

“They feel it’s an insult that he’s coming as we’ve had issues of Charlottesville, the back and forth — the president couldn’t get his statement straight,” American Urban Radio reporter April Ryan said during Tuesday’s White House press briefing.

Responded Sanders: “I think he got his statement very clear when he condemned all forms of racism, bigotry, and violence. There’s no gray area there, and I think he made it very clear what his position is.”

Saturday’s opening, which will celebrate the Civil Rights Museum as well as a new Museum of Mississippi History, is expected to feature speeches from the governor, Bryant; former NAACP chairman Myrlie Evers; and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a civil rights leader whom Trump disparaged as “all talk, talk, talk — no action or results” after Lewis said he would not attend the president’s inauguration.

NAACP board member Amos Brown, the president of the organization’s San Francisco branch and a native of Jackson, Miss., called Trump’s potential visit “an insult.”

“He has never been a supporter of civil rights or equal opportunity or justice,” Brown said in a statement. “He’s been silent on civil rights issues, and his silence speaks volumes.”

A recent Washington Post-ABC poll found that after Trump’s first nine-plus months in office, which included a number of high-profile incidents involving race, half of Americans think Trump is biased against black people — a view held by 73 percent of African Americans.

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+16 # indian weaver 2017-12-06 11:43
Block him from attending, physically. Close down the streets and airport, whatever it takes.
+4 # tedrey 2017-12-06 12:43
Say it's for his own protection.
+1 # indian weaver 2017-12-06 16:17
It will be for his own protection. That is accurate from his standpoint, and a perfect public announcement foil for counter-demonst rations. From our standpoint, we never want to see his face again, anywhere, much the same as dubya and dick.
+11 # tarantilla 2017-12-06 12:09
An obvious bigot. He goes out of his way to endorse mistreatment and violence toward minorities. He is kicking out Haitians and Hondurans and maybe Nicaragua people. He is a thug who loves to trick and subjugate disadvantaged persons, raising their taxes, denying them medical care, making them policatlly irrevelant. The views reflected in you article include the clueless and those who just don't give a damn.
+19 # Wally2007 2017-12-06 12:17
Let Drump go cut the ribbon in Jerusalem and let him be welcomed by all the COOL CALM & COLLECTIVE Saudis, Catholics, Christians,Musl ims and Palestinians. I'm sure he would be graciously WELCOMED similar to that of Jackson.
+1 # librarian1984 2017-12-06 16:13
hahaha Perfect!
+3 # randrjwr 2017-12-06 18:36
Quoting Wally2007:
Let Drump go cut the ribbon in Jerusalem and let him be welcomed by all the COOL CALM & COLLECTIVE Saudis, Catholics, Christians,Muslims and Palestinians. I'm sure he would be graciously WELCOMED similar to that of Jackson.

Interesting idea, but it would be quite difficult, I should think, to guarantee his safety. Maybe Pence and Ryan should join him.
+8 # Citizen Mike 2017-12-06 13:08
My opinion is to let him come but organize this action: When he gets up to speak, everyone in the room turns their backs to him. Let him blither and lie to a room full of people who have their backs turned to him. Be sure to record this on audio and video and send it out to the news media.
+2 # indian weaver 2017-12-06 16:19
The perfect ambush, please do it. On a national level, it compares to no one voting in the next presidential election, the best way to terrify the powers that be - let them know the government is no longer acceptable, period. Same for the man Trump: not acceptable.
0 # tedrey 2017-12-06 23:46
I'm afraid that even if the percentage of voters dropped to 10% of the electorate, neither party would question the legitimacy of the election. They'd just take it and run with it.
+9 # Lesley547 2017-12-06 15:05
Let us also not forget his inexcusable pardon of racist sheriff Joe Arpaio. I will not recite his sins; they should be well known to this readership
-1 # Old School Conservative 2017-12-06 17:31
They should keep Obama out also. Race relations were set back more under Obama than at any other president in my lifetime.
+1 # tedrey 2017-12-07 12:37
For some people, nothing sets back race relations more than seeing that they are improving.
0 # Allears 2017-12-07 15:38
Citizen Mike, great idea. When the audience show him their collective backs, maybe T-shirts could have depictions of .... I don't know, little kittens, with the words, Can't Touch This on them. Hit him where it might pinch the most.

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