An open letter to Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump

[Rev. Barber, who gave a memorable speech at the Democratic National Convention, sized up Candidate Trump in equally memorable terms 4 months before the election.]

by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, The Carolina Peacemaker, July 8, 2016

Editor’s Note: The following letter was penned by Rev. Barber in advance of Donald Trump’s July 5 campaign rally in Raleigh, N.C.

Your campaign, like the leadership of our Legislature and Governor, does not represent the politics of Lincoln, the call of justice, or the ethics of Biblical evangelicalism. Instead, your campaign presents an extremist philosophy of hate, greed, racism, classism, and xenophobia.

You are speaking in North Carolina on the day after the Fourth of July. On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass spoke to the Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society in Rochester, New York and asked, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Today, I ask you, “What to North Carolinians is the meaning of your campaign for President?”

So far, your campaign as the Republican nominee for President does not represent the ideals of Abraham Lincoln, the Republican who signed the Emancipation Proclamation and supported African Americans in their quest for freedom and citizenship.

Your campaign does not represent the moral vision of Teddy Roosevelt, who promoted health care for all, a minimum/living wage, support for public education, environmental protection and labor rights.

Your campaign does not represent the ideals of Abraham Galloway, an African American who rallied Blacks to serve in the Union Army during the Civil War and helped found the Republican Party in North Carolina. Nor does your campaign represent the ideals of Bishop J.W. Hood, a Black Republican from North Carolina who helped craft North Carolina’s constitution during Reconstruction to include public education and equal protection under the law as constitutional rights afforded to every citizen. …

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