The Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. (PNBC) was founded in 1961 to give full voice, sterling leadership, and active support to the American and world fight for human freedom. PNBC strongly condemns the latest racist comments made this week by Donald Trump in reference to immigration. To refer to Haiti and African countries as “sh**-hole” countries whose people should not be allowed to immigrate to this country in favor of Norwegians is nothing short of overt unabashed racism.
Trump has made these racist statements before. During his campaign, he referred to Mexicans as criminals, drug lords, and rapists. He failed to condemn the KKK, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis for their racist protest in Charlottesville, VA last year. Instead, he called them “very fine people” and referred to those who stood up to these racists as troublemakers.
It is not enough that Trump says these hurtful words and suffers no consequences. It is that he is developing policies on the basis of race that will hurt people of color for years to come. It is time for us to respond! I am calling on every PNBC pastor to ask your church members to call and write their congresspersons, Republican and Democratic, and demand that they denounce Trump for these hurtful and divisive statements.
I urge all PNBC pastors to prepare your people to participate in the upcoming midterm election. We have to prevent Trump from passing these policies by sending people to Congress who have our best interests at heart. Martin Luther King, Jr. day is just around the corner. We must honor his life and legacy by standing up, speaking out, and striking back.
NOW IS THE TIME!
The Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. is a vital denomination with an estimated global membership of 2.5 million people. New generations of Progressive Baptists are continuing the struggle for full voter registration, education and participation in society, economic empowerment and development, and the realization of universal human rights and total human liberation for all people.
SOURCE: Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.
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