How Donald Trump ruined the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum for actual Civil Rights leaders

Published December 14, 2017


An article in Newsweek about the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History, and the controversy over plans by President Trump to attend the ceremony, interviews Victoria Wolcott, professor and chair of history, who said Trump’s presence is problematic given his inability to denounce white supremacists in the wake of Charlottesville. “The legacy of segregation remains with us today and needs to be actively grappled with,” she said, citing voting rights, job discrimination and police brutality as examples. These are “all outgrowths of a system that emerges out of slavery and is still alive and well and needs to be dealt with.” But Trump “has not demonstrated a kind of openness to a full understanding of this legacy.”

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