Donald Trump urges “all Americans to do their part to make Dr. King’s dreams of peace, unity, and justice a reality,” while he does the opposite and tears down everything Dr. King and the civil rights movement fought and died for. I literally rolled my eyes after reading the presidential proclamation honoring Dr. King.
Today is the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination and the last person I want to hear from is Donald Trump. He has done everything contrary to Dr. King’s dreams and ideals. He was sued for housing discrimination in the 1970s. He followed that up with discriminating against black casino employees by mostly keeping them out of sight. He later called for the death penalty for the Central Park 5 (black and Latino males) and never apologized after they were exonerated.
Trump led the racist birther movement against Barack Obama, claiming that he was born in Kenya and demanding his papers — birth certificate, passport application and college transcripts. Trump followed up the birther attack by going after insulting black Americans living in urban areas, such as Chicago, as getting shot every time they walk down the streets. He denigrated a black supporter at one of his rallies during the 2016 election campaign as my “little African Americans.”
Fast forward to 2017, he attacked black NFL players protesting police brutality and racism as sons of bitches that should be thrown off the field. He has pushed his Attorney General Jeff Sessions to tear down voting rights by removing protections in place to ensure a level playing field for all voters. Trump has bragged about being pro-law enforcement, which means, the Justice Department’s commitment to equal justice for black males gunned down by police office is slowly being eroded.
Trump insulted immigrants from Haiti and African countries as “shithole countries” and blamed both sides for the hate-fueled violence sparked by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va. Counter-protester Heather Heyer was murdered by a Nazi sympathizer at the protests.
In other words, Donald Trump is putting a sledgehammer to everything Dr. King stood for. We cannot let this stand and for his work to go in vain. Dr. King wanted rights for disenfranchised people, Donald Trump wants to continue to tear down those rights by tearing down protections mandated by the Voting Rights Act of 1964. Dr. King not only fought for social equality, but also for economic equality. Donald Trump wants to tear away the safety net for poor Americans while rewarding the rich with tax breaks.
We can win this fight and stand strong and tall for what Dr. King fought and died for. Let us all redouble our efforts to get people to the polls for the 2018 midterm elections. We must ensure that everyone has the proper identification to vote and know exactly where their voting precinct is early and not on election day. We must fight fire with fire.
Reaction to #MLK50:
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 3, 2018
"We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, “Too late.”" -MLK
take action today y'all #MLK50
— Elizabeth Reimer (@sexyelagabalus) April 4, 2018
He sacrificed his life for me to be where I’m at today #mlk50 they killed they hated him for his vision he knew he was going to die young.. but he still left his mark on the earth and will never be erased from world history. pic.twitter.com/nu6DoG8zJy
— Charron Elliott🤴🏾 (@CharronElliott1) April 4, 2018
Courage with eloquence. Leadership with heart. Determination with empathy. Strength with spirit. #MLK50
— Michelle Miranda (@missywinn416) April 4, 2018
— Mark Billingsley (@GermantownMarkB) April 4, 2018