US President Donald Trump’s support for white supremacists and other far-right groups is “insulting” to racial minorities and risks harming the civil rights movement, says an analyst in Detroit.
Abayomi Azikiwe, an editor at the Pan-African News Wire, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV about the controversies surrounding the opening of a civil rights museum in the state of Mississippi.
The event, attended by Trump, had been boycotted by several African-American leaders in protest of the president’s policies and record on race relations.
Black congressman John Lewis, a civil rights icon who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, said on Thursday that he would not go to the museum opening because of Trump’s presence.
The Democratic lawmaker from Georgia had also skipped Trump’s presidential inauguration in January.
Calling Trump’s attendance a “stain” on the event, Azikiwe said the president had done “everything in his power to destroy the legacy and the gains of the civil rights movement.”