Lunch counter desegregation activist Clarence Henderson on Wednesday endorsed President Trump in a 2020 Republican Nationwide Conference speech.
Henderson, who’s black, recounted participating within the 1960 Greensboro, North Carolina, sit-ins on the Woolworth Division Retailer — and stated Trump represents the America he was combating for.
He blasted Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for saying this yr that voters “ain’t black” in the event that they don’t vote for him.
“I’m a Republican. And I support Donald Trump,” Henderson stated
Trump “has done more for black Americans in four years than Joe Biden has done in 50,” he stated.
“Joe Biden had the audacity to say if you don’t vote for him ‘you ain’t black.’ Well to that, I say, if you do vote for Biden, you don’t know history.”
Henderson praised Trump for signing the jail and felony sentence-reforming First Step Act, laws that incentivizes funding in poor areas and everlasting funding for traditionally black schools and universities.
“These achievements demonstrate that Donald Trump truly cares about black lives. His policies show his heart,” Henderson stated.
The attraction to black voters follows comparable speeches on Monday by African-American US Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and on Tuesday by Kentucky Legal professional Common Daniel Cameron. Blacks typically vote overwhelmingly for Democrats.
The five-month sequence of Greensboro protests that Henderson joined impressed comparable acts throughout the South. The sit-ins started with 4 black activists sitting on the counter on Feb. 1, 1960. Henderson stated he joined on Feb. 2.
“My friends had been denied service the day before because of the color of their skin. We knew it wasn’t right. But when we went back the next day, I didn’t know whether I was going to come out in a vertical or prone position — in handcuffs or on a stretcher, or even in a body bag,” he recalled.
“Donald Trump is offering real and lasting change … a country that embraces the spirit of the civil rights movement of the ‘60s, a place where people are judged by the content of their character, their talents and abilities, not by the color of their skin,” he stated. “This is the America I was fighting for 60 years ago. This is the America Donald Trump is fighting for today.”
Many audio system eventually week’s Democratic Nationwide Conference denounced Trump’s remarks on racial points, together with on nationwide unrest following the May police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.
Biden stated in his acceptance speech final week that “the moment I knew I had to run” was when Trump in August 2017 stated there have been “very fine people” on each side of clashes over a Accomplice monument in Charlottesville, Virginia. The clashes ended within the vehicular homicide of an anti-racism activist by a white supremacist.
Trump advisers, and even opponents, say he might enhance assist amongst minorities by speaking about felony justice reform. Biden authored a 1994 crime regulation credited with contributing to “mass incarceration.” His working mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) oversaw 1,900 convictions for marijuana alone as San Francisco district legal professional.
Henderson highlighted the First Step Act’s impression. “Ninety-one percent of the inmates released are black,” he stated.