Greater New Haven NAACP disappointed Connecticut congressional delegation did not boycott Trump inauguration
By Dori Dumas
The Greater New Haven Branch of NAACP, the largest branch in the state of Connecticut is disappointed that our Connecticut Delegation, particularly those who represent our district, did not join the multitude of other legislators from across the country who boycotted the inauguration. On behalf of our members we have grave concerns related to President Donald Trump. He has been divisive and disrespectful to so many people in our country. He has also spoken ill of one of our civil rights icons and a freedom fighter, U.S. Rep. John Lewis,who bled on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, fought for so many in the civil rights movement and for the rights and freedoms we cherish today.
We can understand that our state may have wanted a few of our elected officials present at the inauguration but we also felt that some should stand shoulder to shoulder with others that boycotted to represent those of us who are strongly opposed to Trump’s inauguration. None of the delegation said they would not attend the ceremony. Trump has disrespected our constituency of the Greater New Haven community and in particular members and supporters of the NAACP as well as other civil and social rights communities.
In looking across America and at the legislators who were elected to represent the will of their constituents, we expect your support. Having all of our elected Connecticut officials attend the inauguration is truly not reflective of our constituency. We stand by America’s dream of inclusion and diversity for our children, and a truly humane and respectful America for our collective future, which must be validated through our elected national legislators.
Dori Dumas is president of the Greater New Haven NAACP