Civil rights groups representing African Americans including the New Black Panther Party have rallied outside the White House, calling President Donald Trump “a gangster.”
The “10,000 Black Men’s March” rally was held on Saturday to condemn the Trump administration and urge the government to eliminate “systematic racism” and “prejudice against minorities.”
Organized by the National Black Men’s Convention, the event was part of a three-day annual conference taking place in Washington D.C. to empower African-American men and women.
One of the leading speakers of the rally, civil rights activist and philosopher Cornell West, lamented white supremacy, saying, “Black people have taught the world after 400 years of being hated so much about love. It could be James Bowen, it could be Tony Morris, it could be Ray Charles or it could be a Stevie Wonder.”
“Because white supremacy tries to tell black people that black freedom is a pipe dream, that black history is a curse, that black hope is a joke and black love is a crime so when you love black people you are to get ready to be criminalized, you are out to get ready to be demonized and you can tell the truth about gangsters in the White House like Donald Trump.”
“He is as American as apple pie; he is an expression of a deeply white supremacist, predatory capitalist, imperialist, misogynist, transphobic , homophobic elements in American civilization and we simply say we come from a people who love each other and love other than to tell the truth even if you gonna lie about us,” West stated.
In shockingly racist language, Trump has reportedly asked why “people from shithole countries come to” the United States.
Trump has been under harsh criticism over his attitude toward African Americans and people from other minority groups. He was especially slated for saying that some immigrants from Africa and Haiti come from “sh*thole” countries.
His alleged remarks have drawn widespread condemnation in the US and abroad. He was widely condemned by many African countries and by international rights organizations for the comments.
Trump also sparked outrage last August by saying “both sides” were to blame for deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists, neo-Nazis and KKK members clashed with counter protesters.