In a statement on Tuesday, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) said that President Donald Trump should not visit the grand opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The White House confirmed Trump will be in attendance for the opening.
In its statement, the NAACP said the reason why Trump should not attend is due to how he has handled race relations since being in office.
President Trump is planning to attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum this Saturday. The president of the @NAACP calls his attendance “an affront to the veterans of the civil rights movement.”
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“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,” NAACP President Derrick 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,” he added.
“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,” said Dr. Amos Brown, an NAACP board member. “He's been silent on civil rights issues, and his silence speaks volumes.”