JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — U.S. Rep John Lewis introduced Thursday that gained’t converse on the opening of Mississippi civil rights and historical past museums, saying it’s an “insult” that President Donald Trump will attend.
The lengthy-deliberate Saturday ceremony will mark Mississippi’s bicentennial of admission into the union. However what was meant as a second of racial unity and atonement within the state with the most important share of African-People is descending into racial and partisan strife after Republican Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant invited fellow Republican Trump to attend.
The NAACP has stated Trump ought to cancel his deliberate look due to his divisive report on civil rights points.
Lewis introduced his determination in a joint assertion with U.S. Rep Bennie Thompson, Mississippi’s solely Democrat in Congress.
“President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful insurance policies are an insult to the individuals portrayed on this civil rights museum,” they stated. “President Trump’s disparaging feedback about ladies, the disabled, immigrants and Nationwide Soccer League gamers disrespect the efforts of Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, Medgar Evers, Robert Clark, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and numerous others who’ve given their all for Mississippi to be a greater place.”
Lewis and Thompson be a part of a variety of Democrats within the state who’ve pulled out since Trump’s go to was introduced. The chair of the state’s black legislative caucus, Democratic Rep. Sonya Williams Barnes of Gulfport, is urging individuals to keep away from Saturday’s occasions.
“I’ll await a time to go to the museum with my household with out the president disrespecting the women and men who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms I’m privileged to have as we speak,” Barnes stated Wednesday.
Some plan protests, saying Trump’s report on racial points makes his presence offensive. Bryant, who has made frequent journeys to Washington to work with Trump, is urging Mississippians to embrace the president’s go to, saying it is going to assist convey worldwide consideration to the state and the museums.
“We’re higher than that,” Bryant stated Wednesday of those that oppose Trump. “We’re kinder and extra tolerant right here in Mississippi than I feel maybe different locations. Permit the president to return and honor Mississippi together with his speech and his presence.”
Lewis, a civil rights icon and Georgia Democrat, was arrested in Jackson in 1961 with Freedom Riders who have been protesting segregated bus journey. He was held on the notorious Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Later, as the top of the Scholar Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Lewis organized Freedom Summer time, a volunteer effort to register voters in Mississippi in 1964.
Lewis has been anticipated to be one of many primary audio system on the occasion, together with Myrlie Evers, the widow of assassinated Mississippi NAACP chief Medgar Evers. Evers has stated she is going to tackle Trump’s presence.
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