Black congressmen skip museum opening over Trump's attendance

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In a statement, NAACP president and chief executive Derrick Johnson said that Trump's "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 duo said that the civil rights struggles represented in the new museum "exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi" but President Trump's "disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants and National Football League players disrespect the efforts" of Mississippi's greatest civil rights champions.

Numerous seminal moments of the movement - the stories of Emmet Till, of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner, of Medgar Evers, of James Meredith, of Fannie Lou Hamer and the Freedom Riders and Freedom Summer - all happened on MS soil.

The two said all Mississippians and Americans should visit the museum, but only after Trump leaves.

Lewis, a key civil rights figure, has always been a critic of Mr. Trump, and vis-versa. Officials insist the museums are not meant to be "separate-but-equal" in a State where that phrase was cynically invoked to maintain segregated school systems for whites and blacks that were separate and distinctly unequal. Yeah. Is it proper with this President at this particular juncture?

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"We think it's unfortunate that these members of Congress wouldn't join the President in honoring the incredible sacrifice civil rights leaders made to right the injustices in our history", Sanders said.

"This is not a place for cheap political tricks". During an event to commemorate Black History Month last February, Trump characterized slave-turned-abolitionist Frederick Douglass as "an example of somebody who's done an wonderful job that is being recognized more and more, I notice". "If he could, he would wipe all us right off the map". The Mississippi NAACP president is asking Bryant to rescind the invitation, with state chapter president Charles Hampton saying "an invitation to a president that has aimed to divide this nation is not becoming of this historic moment".

Gov. Phil Bryant invited Trump to attend Saturday's openings of the civil rights museum and the History of Mississippi Museum as part of Mississippi's 200th birthday.

Those were ways of defiantly pushing back against African-Americans who dared challenge racial oppression, and taking a jab at journalists covering the civil rights movement. "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".

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