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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Statement On Trump’s Anticipated Appearance At Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Opening

December 8, 2017
Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement ahead of President Trump’s anticipated appearance at the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum this weekend.

“This museum, which has been years in the making, is opening this weekend because of the selfless and heroic work of people like Congressmen John Lewis and Bennie Thompson. Based on the history that Trump has with the African American community – whether it was calling the Central Park Five ‘muggers and murderers’ in the 90s or calling civil rights icon John Lewis ‘all talk, talk, talk - no action’ on Twitter – it is clear that his appearance at the grand opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is an affront to not only the museum, but Black people across the country. The Governor of Mississippi knows this is an insult, the Administration knows this is an insult, and we know this is an insult. But instead of staying away from this anticipated ceremony that people have died to ensure, he is arriving to declare victory – a victory to say that despite the movement being enshrined this weekend, dog whistle racism will prevail. It cannot. It must not. It will not. We will continue on.”