A civil rights museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, made the right decision in denying access to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
On Sept. 20, Donald Trump brought his campaign efforts to High Point University, just outside of Greensboro. While making preparations for their trip, Trump and his team contacted the International Civil Rights Center and Museum to request a visit, according to WFMY.
Upon receiving the request, museum co-founder Earl Jones promptly denied entry to the nominee and his campaign.
“We did not honor the request of the Donald Trump team because we thought they demonstrated, in their approach was disrespectful, so therefore we did not grant that request,” said Jones.
Aside from stating that campaign managers were rude and aggressive toward museum staff members when making the request, Jones said the Trump campaign requested the museum remain closed for a minimum of five hours on the day of the visit.
Jones said the museum does not provide special treatment for anyone and, therefore, denied Trump’s request.
Based on this reasoning, Jones’ decision to close the museum’s doors to the Trump campaign is entirely sound and should be respected.
“The approach, the type of disrespect, pretty much a demand and bullying us to use the museum in their manner and their way in their time, it was inappropriate and I think it's probably reflective of the type of insensitivity of civil rights and human rights that's reflective from Trump over the years,” said Jones.
Jones said he would deny access to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton if she made similar requests.
“We have equal treatment for everyone coming to the museum and we welcome everyone to the museum but we are not going to allow the museum to be used for political gain,” he said.
Jones proved the validity of his reasoning by stating he would allow either Trump or Clinton to enter the museum as individuals without special requests. The museum, however, would stand by its policy of refusing special accommodations.
The International Civil Rights Center and Museum commemorates the Greensboro Four’s sit-in of 1960, which started the nationwide sit-in movement. The museum “seeks to preserve the legacy and the significance of that event by demonstrating why, in the current context, such inherently evil, institutionalized oppression has no place in the human race,” according to its website.
To allow presidential candidates to use the museum as a campaigning tool would disrespect the memory of the Greensboro Four. Their sit-in is an important piece of history that deserves to be memorialized, not trivialized, through a campaigning process.
Jones and his staff were right to deny the Trump campaign use of the civil rights museum as a stopping point in its North Carolina visit.