FLINT, Mich. – Mayor Karen Weaver was honored this week by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition at their 2018 MLK Celebration in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event was held at the Cobo Center in Detroit, in conjunction with the North American International Auto-Show (NAIAS).
Mayor Weaver received the 2018 Let Freedom Ring in Politics Award. In accepting the award, Mayor Weaver also called on President Donald Trump to apologize for vulgar comments he reportedly made about immigrants from Haiti and Africa during a bipartisan meeting at the White House.
Following is an excerpt of the Mayor’s remarks:
Today, I join my fellow Americans in imploring President Trump to apologize for calling the place where our Haitian and African brothers and sisters live “Shitholes”. I beg of our President of these United States of America to recognize that this day… the day we celebrate the life and principles of our beloved Dr. King, is the day that he should apologize and turn away from dehumanizing these and any other people, especially based on where they live or the color of their skin.
You see in Flint, Michigan, we didn’t have to hear anyone refer to our city as an expletive, or a place where waste is disposed. But, we knew we were thought to be such a place. And as we watched and felt the sting, as callous policies were created and enacted on us, policies that stripped us of our power and poisoned our precious babies and elderly.
So on today, I implore President Trump, and more importantly those who uphold this behavior, to understand that we are in a dangerous place when the politics of those in power seeks to omit the very people that our beloved Dr. King gave his life for.
Click here for a complete transcript of Mayor Weaver’s remarks.