NAACP Protesting Trump’s Upcoming Visit to Mississippi’s Civil Rights Museum

By Melanie Arter | December 6, 2017 | 1:17 PM EST

President Donald Trump (Screenshot of White House video)

( - The NAACP is criticizing President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to Mississippi’s Civil Rights Museum this weekend, saying his “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.”

The White House announced Tuesday that “the president will visit Mississippi on Saturday, where they are celebrating the state’s bicentennial, 200 years of statehood.”

“To mark the occasion, the president will participate in the grand openings of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

At Tuesday’s White House briefing, Sanders was asked about the NAACP’s plan to protest and boycott the president’s visit to the Civil Rights Museum.

“I think that would be, honestly, very sad,” said Sanders. “I think this is something that should bring the country together to celebrate the opening of this museum and highlighting Civil Rights Movement and the progress that we've made. And would I hope that those individuals would join in that celebration instead of protesting it. However, they have every right to protest it.”

The NAACP is opposed to the president’s visit, because “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,” NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement.

Johnson was referring to the president’s handling of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., in August. As previously reported, two days after Charlottesville, the president specifically condemned white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK for the violence in Charlottesville.

“Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” the president said in a prepared statement at the time.

The following day, he sparked controversy for saying there was “blame on both sides” of the violence.

“You had a group -- you had a group on the other side that came charging in, without a permit, and they were very, very violent," Trump said, referring to Black Lives Matter and Antifa counter-protesters.

“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, San Francisco Branch NAACP president and board member and native of Jackson, Miss. “He’s been silent on civil rights issues, and his silence speaks volumes.”


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