Protesters upset about President Trump's visit to Jackson

Mindy Sparks
December 11, 2017

The national president of the NAACP and the mayor of Jackson also skipped the museum opening.

Trump's critics say he has fueled the fires of racial tension in the United States. They said they can't share a stage with Trump in MS because of his "pompous disregard" for the values embodied by the civil rights movement.

Lewis, a Democrat, issued a joint statement with U.S. Rep Bennie Thompson, Mississippi's only Democrat in Congress, accusing Trump of "disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants and National Football League players". "The civil rights movement is an incredible movement about fighting intolerance, hatred and bigotry".

"Mr. President, we don't need you in MS to tell us what a civil rights movement is about", said Lumumba, who gathered with activists at an African-American history museum about a mile west of the opening to condemn Trump's arrival.

Lewis, 77, worked with King, led the civil rights march on Selma and spoke at the March on Washington in 1963.

In Jackson, Trump didn't mention Lewis by name.

"Today we pay solemn tribute to our heroes of the past and dedicate ourselves to building a future of freedom, equality, justice and peace", Mr. Trump said.

"The civil rights museum records the oppression, cruelty and injustice inflicted on the African-American community, the fight to bring down Jim Crow and end segregation, to gain the right to vote and to achieve the sacred birthright of equality". We want our country to be a place where every child from every background can grow up free from fear, innocent of hatred and surrounded by love, opportunity and hope. That's big stuff. Those are very big phrases.

Protesters line High Street. A public display of their disapproval of President Donald Trump coming to Jackson
Protesters line High Street. A public display of their disapproval of President Donald Trump coming to Jackson

Originally scheduled to speak at the opening ceremony for the museum Saturday, but was instead arranged by local leaders and The White House to speak briefly to an intimate audience following a private tour of the museum.

"Today we strive to be worthy of their sacrifice", he said.

"Here we memorialize the fearless men and women who struggled to sacrifice, and sacrifice so much, so that others might live in freedom", he said, calling the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

"We've been through a whole lot, we've seen a whole lot, but we're a forgiving and loving state", Judge Anderson said. He also name-checked James Meredith, a student persecuted for demanding the same rights as other students and martyrs such as Medgar Evers.

"We will never cede the stage to an individual who will fight against us", Johnson said. She has made her disdain for Trump clear and was expected to use the platform to air her views of him.

President Trump attended the opening of the Mississippi History Museum and Civil Rights Museum in Jackson on Saturday, touring the facilities and making brief, mostly scripted remarks. "President Trump and the policies he espouses are disrespectful to the legacy and history that is to be portrayed in the museum".

Former Democratic Gov. Ray Mabus, a former secretary of the Navy, called Trump an "overt racist" and also announced ahead of time that he would not attend if Trump does. President Trump's disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants, and National Football League players disrespect the efforts of Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, Medgar Evers, Robert Clark, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and countless others who have given their all for MS to be a better place.


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