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On The Eve Of MLK Day, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Condemns The President’s Racist Remarks

For Immediate Release January 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement Friday following President Trump’s racist comments denigrating Haiti and African countries.  His remarks come just days before the nation honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“In no uncertain terms, we condemn the President’s racist and reprehensible statement regarding our African and Haitian neighbors.  It is no surprise that we have seen a spike in hate crimes and hate violence across the country because we have a President who, without hesitation, expresses racial animus towards people of color.  The President’s statements strain our relationships with African and Haitian countries, and promote dangerous stereotypes regarding people of African and Caribbean descent here in the U.S.  It is hard to divorce his views from the countless policies that have been promoted during the first term of this administration from the roll back of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the issuance of the Muslim Ban, intensifying immigration raids and reversals in federal civil rights enforcement.

“The President’s statement fully denigrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, who dedicated his life to combatting racism and bigotry.  On the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King Day, I call for the President to immediately retract his abhorrent statement.”



About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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