Lunch counter desegregation activist Clarence Henderson on Wednesday endorsed President Trump in a 2020 Republican Nationwide Conference speech.
Henderson, who’s black, recounted collaborating within the 1960 Greensboro, North Carolina, sit-ins at the Woolworth Division Retailer — and mentioned 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 help Donald Trump,” Henderson mentioned
Trump “has finished extra for black People in 4 years than Joe Biden has finished in 50,” he mentioned.
“Joe Biden had the audacity to say in case you don’t vote for him ‘you ain’t black.’ Properly to that, I say, in case you do vote for Biden, you don’t know historical past.”
Henderson praised Trump for signing the jail and legal sentence-reforming First Step Act, laws that incentivizes funding in poor areas and everlasting funding for traditionally black faculties and universities.
“These achievements display that Donald Trump really cares about black lives. His insurance policies present his coronary heart,” Henderson mentioned.
The attraction to black voters follows related speeches on Monday by African-American US Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and on Tuesday by Kentucky Lawyer Basic Daniel Cameron. Blacks usually vote overwhelmingly for Democrats.
The five-month sequence of Greensboro protests that Henderson joined impressed related acts throughout the South. The sit-ins started with 4 black activists sitting at the counter on Feb. 1, 1960. Henderson mentioned he joined on Feb. 2.
“My associates had been denied service the day earlier than due to the colour of their pores and skin. We knew it wasn’t proper. However after we went again the following day, I didn’t know whether or not I used to be going to come back out in a vertical or susceptible place — in handcuffs or on a stretcher, and even in a physique bag,” he recalled.
“Donald Trump is providing actual and lasting change … a rustic that embraces the spirit of the civil rights motion of the ‘60s, a spot the place individuals are judged by the content material of their character, their abilities and skills, not by the colour of their pores and skin,” he mentioned. “That is the America I used to be combating for 60 years in the past. That is the America Donald Trump is combating for right now.”
Many audio system at final week’s Democratic Nationwide Conference denounced Trump’s remarks on racial points, together with on nationwide unrest following the Could police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.
Biden mentioned in his acceptance speech final week that “the second I knew I needed to run” was when Trump in August 2017 mentioned there have been “very positive individuals” 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 increase help amongst minorities by speaking about legal justice reform. Biden authored a 1994 crime legislation 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 lawyer.
Henderson highlighted the First Step Act’s impression. “Ninety-one p.c of the inmates launched are black,” he mentioned.