In the early years of the Trump administration, President Donald Trump took a hard line on race relations in the U-S.
and has been criticized for making racist comments and appointing white supremacist former Alabama governor and Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke to his cabinet.
The backlash from African Americans was swift.
Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said that the president had been “racist” during a campaign rally in Alabama.
A number of white nationalist leaders and members of the KKK joined the protest, which also turned violent.
It was the largest-ever rally in the state and drew hundreds of thousands of people.
Trump has since defended his stance on race, saying in an interview with the New York Times that “it’s not a racist term, it’s a fact.”
In response to the KKK rally, a group of black pastors in the US issued a statement that “Black lives matter.”
In a statement issued Wednesday, the Rev. Michael S. Hill, pastor of the New Beginnings Ministries in South Carolina, called Trump’s statement “racist and discriminatory.”
“White supremacy is alive and well in America and we are here to fight it and defend our community,” Hill said.
“Our people are being murdered on a daily basis by the lawlessness of those who run our nation.
We will not rest until the system is changed.”