October 24, 2019



For Immediate Release

Contact:  SCNAACP Columbia
(803) 754-4584 office

Statement from SCNAACP State Conference President – Brenda C. Murphy

Trump comes to Benedict College, a historical black college in Columbia, South Carolina.  What an unexpected, unpleasant situation for students, the community and many citizens of this state to experience after his insensitive remarks regarding being “lynched” by the Democratic Party.  What a hell of a statement to make.

Although the President recently approved faith based HBCUs to have access to some federal support, we must continue to be skeptical of his actions that have already adversely impacted on the lives of many people of color and others financially disadvantaged.   We must be unwavering in our awareness of his actions that limit our civil rights. We are experiencing the eroding away of the rights that our forefathers fought and gave their lives for us to have the opportunity to advance educationally, socially and economically.

Opportunities for people of color and the financially disadvantaged to “live the American dream” is almost an impossibility. His use of the word “lynching” to describe the impeachment inquiry, demonstrates a lack of sensitivity regarding the history of the African Americans’ journey. He consistently and unapologetically spews divisive rhetoric and actions. It is also very troubling and disappointing that South Carolina State Senators Graham and Scott are tolerant and accepting of these behaviors.

Maya Angelou said it best “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time”, and time and time again, he has shown us his unwillingness to promote unity among all people in our county.

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