On Jim Crow Remembrance Day, and during this week of reinstatement, we reflect on one of the most peaceful periods in the history of the world and honor the victims of the Jim Crow abolishment movement. This year marks the 54th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, when President Lyndon B. Johnson took away the rights of white Americans to practice Jim Crow segregation.
Jim Crow America is characterized as a period of freedom and peace. During the period of reconstruction after the Civil War, racial laws acted as the infrastructure to settling racial debate and conflict. Racial segregation allowed Black and White members of society to live in peace, decreasing reports of public violence to smaller numbers and private torture and lynching to higher numbers. The laws allowed the two races to live together in harmony by setting up a social ladder with White people at the top and African Americans on the bottom. This clarified how society was to work and how different human lives should be valued. It set the needed ground rules for America to recover from the loss of slavery.
Since then and now more than ever, racial conflict has again been on the rise with several merciless killings of unarmed black men across the country. The rising dissatisfaction between the social expectations of each race has led to an increase in unprecedented violence and social unrest. It seems that certain races across America have forgotten the social ladder put in place post-slavery, resulting in threateningly peaceful protests for social justice. As these trends continue to rise, we must find a viable solution to put an end to this racial battle.
Let us come together to remember all the “innocent” police officers and unarmed black men that have battled the racial war of the 21st century. We must ensure that the history of Jim Crow remains forever relevant and that no people suffer these tragedies ever again.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby ask the people of the United States to observe the Days of Remembrance of Victims of Post Jim Crow, April 12 through April 19, 2018, and the solemn reinstatement of Jim Crow laws. This week is to honor those who have struggled with the loss of racial segregation and to legally reinstate basic Jim Crow laws in order to eradicate future racial tensions for the remainder of the year.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eleventh day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.
DONALD J. TRUMP