Ther chair of the Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday accused President Trump of insensitivity and ignorance when it comes to race in the U.S.
In a letter to the White House, Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-LA, said the President’s attacks on NFL players protesting during the National Anthem a “disgraceful response” to the players, who are predominantly African American.
“I write today to express my utter disgust with your handling of race relations in America in general and, more specifically, your disgraceful response to nationwide demonstrations against police brutality and racial injustice by professional football players, owners, coaches, and countless other patriots,” Richmond wrote in the letter.
“African Americans are just as patriotic as any other American.”
Richmond accused the President of not understanding the problems that face minorities in America.
“Your complete lack of understanding of or empathy for the very painful history and substantive policy concerns that move people like Colin Kaepernick to take a stand, or a knee, in the first place is a reminder of all the African American community has to lose under your Administration,” Richmond added.
“You personally add insult to injury with the racist dog whistles you employ, such as calling for ‘law and order’ in underserved, neglected communities across America while encouraging police brutality.”