Donald Trump is trying to rewrite black history by claiming “brave seamstress” Rosa Parks inspired Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the broader civil rights movement with the Montgomery bus boycott. He couldn’t even bring himself to mention racism, black or African American in his video statement commemorating the 62nd anniversary of Parks refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white man.
Trump said: “Rosa Parks remained strong and stayed in her seat to defend the truth etched into our Declaration of Independence that all of us, regardless of the color of our skin, are created equal by God.”
62 years ago this week, a brave seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama uttered one word that changed history… pic.twitter.com/eOvCBcMIKX
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2017
“Her courageous act inspired a young Christian pastor, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., along with thousands of others in Montgomery, Alabama, to join the movement and boycott the city bus service,” Trump says.
Trump neglects to mention that Rosa Parks, a grassroots organizer, was a secretary for her local chapter of the NAACP, investigating sexual assaults of black women. He wants to keep certain words out of his mouth so as not to upset his base.
A little history from The History Channel on the start of the Civil Rights Movement:
After thousands of blacks threatened to march on Washington to demand equal employment rights, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8802 on June 25, 1941. It opened national defense jobs and other government jobs to all Americans regardless of race, creed, color or national origin.
Black men and women served heroically in World War II, despite suffering segregation and discrimination during their deployment. Yet many were met with prejudice and scorn upon returning home. This was a stark contrast to why America had entered the war to begin with—to defend freedom and democracy in the world.
As the Cold War began, President Harry Truman initiated a civil rights agenda, and in 1948 issued Executive Order 9981 to end discrimination in the military. These events helped set the stage for grass-roots initiatives to enact racial equality legislation and incite the civil rights movement.
It’s not surprising that Trump couldn’t bring himself to mention black, African American or race in his statement. This is akin to his whitewashing of the Holocaust Remembrance Day when he didn’t mention the word “Jew” in his statement. Maybe he should call up Rep. John Lewis for a lesson on the civil rights movement. Oh, wait, he can’t. He insulted him in several unhinged tweets that prompted the Atlanta Journal Constitution and residents in Lewis’ district to clap back hard.