Monday, October 24, 2016

NC: Civil rights hero from 60s takes criticism as Trump backer

Via Billy

From left, four North Carolina A&T State University students, Joseph McNeil, Franklin McLain, Billy Smith and Clarence Henderson, sit at the all-white lunch counter of an F.W. Woolworth Co. store on Feb. 2, 1960, in Greensboro, N.C. The incident helped energize the Civil Rights movement. (Jack Moebes/Greensboro News & Record via Associated Press) ** FILE **

Clarence Henderson was hailed as a hero nearly 60 years ago when as a young black man he participated in a sit-in at a segregated North Carolina lunch counter.

In 2016, he is again taking a risky stand; he is supporting Donald Trump.

And he isn’t shy about it. Last month he gave the invocation at a Trump rally here, smiling as he shook the Republican candidate’s hand.

Donald Trump is certainly not a politician, and politicians are a dime a dozen, but leaders are priceless,” Henderson said in an interview.

Trump is deeply unpopular in the black community. He has called on black voters to vote for him because “what the hell do you have to lose?” His support among blacks is less than the margin of error in some polls.

Henderson, 74, has been criticized for his stance, with many taking to Twitter to accuse him of abandoning the principles he fought so hard for more than half a century ago.


  1. I happen to think we've pushed the "Civil Rights" myth far too much, but I'll take this man over every member of Black Lives Matter.