FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Racially Divisive Fear Mongering from President
A statement by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
President Donald Trump’s speech Tuesday night was more of the same racially divisive, fear mongering we have come to expect from him. The president confirmed on live television that he still does not understand the immigration issue and is campaigning for reelection at the expense of hard-working federal employees, immigrants, asylum seekers and the American people.
The President said African Americans and Hispanic Americans are “among the hardest hit” by the “humanitarian crisis” at the southern border. Nonsense. African Americans and Hispanic Americans are among the hardest hit by Mr. Trump’s politics of division and diversion. The harm to communities of color is caused by the regressive policies of this administration.
The Trump Administration’s attacks on human rights, civil rights, voting rights, affordable health care, affordable housing, fair wages, the environment and common sense are hurting Americans, not exhausted children and their families fleeing oppression, poverty and war.
To blame the vulnerable for their plight is the highest form of political cowardice. All Americans must oppose President Trump’s thinly veiled effort to justify fulfilling a campaign promise at the expense of everything that is decent and just.
We are better than that. We can do better than this.
We must build bridges not walls, demand leadership not lies and move forward by hope, not backward by fear.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.