Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

African-American Congressmen Will Skip Mississippi Civil Rights Event To Avoid Trump

African-American Congressmen Will Skip Mississippi Civil Rights Event To Avoid Trump

Reps. John Lewis (D-GA) and Bennie Thompson (D-MS) announced they will no longer be attending the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Saturday because President Trump will be there. "People all over the world will say, 'They have a world-class civil rights museum in MS, and maybe we should go see that'".

"The struggles represented in this museum exemplify the truth of what really happened in MS", the statement said before criticizing "President Trump's disparaging comments" about women, the disabled, immigrants, and National Football League players.

They added, "After President Trump departs, we encourage all Mississippians and Americans to visit this historic civil rights museum".

The White House expressed disappointment in their decision.

This isn't the first time President Trump's presence at a museum has upset some African-Americans. He wrote on Facebook, "Having the openings of the museums involve President Trump on any level pollutes the day and will sap sorely needed credibility from these endeavors". The museum is located in Jackson, Mississippi. Thompson is Mississippi's only Democratic congressman.

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Brice has another perspective, "I think that the Governor's inclusion of Donald Trump to this occasion was a political stunt". "If he could, he would wipe all us right off the map".

The NAACP also criticized the president's proposed attendance at the opening. "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", President Derrick Johnson said. "He has never been a supporter of civil rights or equal opportunity or justice".

President Trump's expected attendance at the opening of a civil rights museum in Jackson, Mississippi this weekend has led one of the country's top civil rights heroes to boycott the event.

Lewis was the youngest of the most prominent leaders of the civil rights organizations who organized the March on Washington in 1963, alongside Martin Luther King Jr, James Farmer, Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, Whitney Young, Dorothy Height. "I don't know anyone who thinks this is a smart move".

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