Charles Evers, the brother of slain civil rights advocate Medgar Evers and a leader in his own right, is endorsing Donald Trump for president. According to the Clarion-Ledger of Mississippi, Evers said of the Republican frontrunner, “I believe in him first of all because he’s a businessman.” The 93-year-old, who is a businessman himself and former Republican senatorial candidate, said of Trump “I think jobs are badly needed in Mississippi.”
Trump has said that, as a seasoned negotiator, he will be able to effectively deal with the Chinese and the inroads they have made on American manufacturing and business. Evers averred Trump’s contention that the President Obama and his predecessors have been ineffective at creating jobs and sparking business at home. “Our catfish is shipped to China and brought back for us to buy. Put a catfish farm here.”
Evers also said that he has seen no proof that Trump is a “racist.” Speaking frankly, Evers said “All of us have some racism in us. Even me.” Additionally, he said that America is not obliged to support illegal immigrants.
Charlie Evers was the first field secretary of the NAACP in Mississippi after Medgar Evers, his younger brother, was murdered in front of his family home in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1963. The murder was not solved for decades, but served to galvanize support for the civil rights movement in Mississippi and elsewhere in the Deep South.
Evers was also the first black man ever to be elected mayor of a Mississippi town since the Reconstruction period that followed the War Between the States in the 1860s. He later switched from the Democratic party to the Republican party and then endorsed Ronald Reagan in 1980. He is currently the owner of an FM radio station in Jackson.
Democrats and leftists have sought to label Trump as a racist. For example, Vice President Joseph Biden linked Trump to racism when he apologized in remarks he made in Mexico City last week for Trump's positions on immigration. Sen. Bernie Sanders has also tried to link Trump to racists, as have Black Lives Matters activists. In recent days, Vicente Fox -- a former president of Mexico -- compared Trump to Adolf Hitler and called him a "white supremacist."