(CNSNews.com) - Racist attacks on immigrant communities and people of color continue to define the Trump administration, the NAACP said in a statement following Trump's reported description of Haiti and some African countries as "shitholes."
The NAACP compared Trump to Bull Connor, the late public safety commissioner in Birmingham, Alabama known for his brutality against civil rights protesters in the 1960s.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” the Washington Post quoted President Trump as saying Thursday during a White House meeting on immigration reform. Trump reportedly asked why the United States doesn't take more people from Norway, whose prime minister he'd met with the day before.“Why do we need more Haitians, take them out,” he reportedly said.
The NAACP issued the following statement, accusing Trump of wanting to "return American to its ugly past of white supremacy."
As our nation fights to move forward, our President falls deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole of racism and xenophobia. The United States’ position as a moral leader throughout the world has been thoroughly damaged by the continuous lowbrow, callous and unfiltered racism repeatedly espoused by President Trump.
His decision to use profanity to describe African, Central American and Caribbean countries is not only a low mark for this president, it is a low point for our nation. This President’s failure to grasp simple ideas of inclusion and maturity is an open sore on our democracy that continues to fester.
It is clear that the president wants to return America to its ugly past of white supremacy where immigration laws as well as all laws of society only favored individuals from European nations and European ancestry. In fact, the President himself benefitted from those racially biased laws when his ancestors immigrated to this nation.
Yet today, he wants to force the American public to pay billions to build a wall to block off our southern neighbors in exchange for the return of protections for DACA that were already guaranteed to immigrants before he came to office. As we head into 49th NAACP Image Awards being held on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Holiday for the first time to honor his legacy, we realize that the Bull Connor of our day is none other than the President of our nation.
As King fought then, we fight today against those seeking to implement slicker and newer forms of racial segregation.
President Trump tweeted on Thursday night: "The Democrats seem intent on having people and drugs pour into our country from the Southern Border, risking thousands of lives in the process. It is my duty to protect the lives and safety of all Americans. We must build a Great Wall, think Merit and end Lottery & Chain. USA!"