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tells us about history, about whatt is told, and about can be cast aside. where day after day, for years, men and women were torn from their spouse or their child, shackled and bound and bought and sold and bid like cattle, on a stone one down by the tragedy -- worn down by the feet.y of over 1000 bare for a long time, the only thing we considered important, the singular thing we once
chose to commemorate as history with a plaque were the unmemorable speeches of two powerful men. think, explains why this museum is so necessary. because that same object tellsed, put in context, us so much more. americans, we rightfully pass on the tale of the giants who built this country, who led armies into battle, who waged seminal debates in the halls of congress and corridors of power. but too often, we ignored or millionse stories of
who millions of others built this nation just as surely, whose humble eloquence, whose callused hands, whose steady drive helped to create industries, build the arsenals of democracy. museumthis national helps to tell a richer and full her story -- fuller story of who we are. it helps us better understand president buthe also the slaves. industrialists but also the keeper of the status
quo, it also be activist seeking to overthrow that status quo. ,he teacher or the cook alongside the statesman. story,knowing this other we better understand ourselves and each other. together.s it reaffirms that all of us are americans. the african american history -- that african american history is not somehow separate from our larger american story. it is not the other side of the american story. it is central to the american story. that our glory derives not just from our most obvious tryouts --
wrested but how we triumph from tragedy and have been able to remake ourselves again in again and accordance with our highest ideals. too, am american. great historian, john hope franklin, who helped to get this , "goodstarted once said history is a good foundation for a better president and future." he understood the best history does not just sit behind a glass case. understand what
is outside the case. the best history helps us recognize the mistakes we have made and the dark corners of the human spirit we need to guard against. and yes, a clear-eyed view of history can make us uncomfortable. it will shake us out of familiar narratives. but it is precisely because of that discomfort that we learn and grow and harness our collective power to make this nation more perfect. story that american this museum tells, one of suffering and a light -- the light -- delight, one of fear but also hope. of wandering in the wilderness,
and then seeing out on the horizon a glimmer of the promised land. it is in this embrace of truth, as best as we can know it, in the celebration of the entire american experience, where real patriotism lies. as president bush just said, a great nation does not shy from the truth. it strengthens us. it emboldens us. it should fortify us. it is an act of patriotism to been.tand where we have
this museum tells the story of so many patriots. feltafrican americans have the cold weight of shackles and the stinging lash of the field whip. but we have also dared to run north and sing songs from harriet tubman's hymnal. we buttoned up our union blues to join the fight for freedom. we have railed against injustice for decade upon decade, a lifetime of struggle and progress and enlightenment that we see etched in frederick days -- lline nine ionine. this museum tells the story of people who felt the indignation of "whites only" signs or fell
to their knees on shards of stained-glass outside a church where four little girl's guide -- little girls died. but it also tells the story of black and white youth sitting alongside each other, straight-backed, so full of dignity, on those lunch counter stools. the story of six-year-old ruby bridges, pigtails, fresh pressed dress, walking that gauntlet to get to school. tuskegee airmen soaring the skies, not just to beat a dictator but to reaffirm the promise of our democracy and remind us all of us are created equal. [applause] obama: this is the place to understand how protest and love of country do not merely coexist but inform each
other. how men can probably win the gold for their country but still insist on raising a black gloved fist. how we can wear an "i can't breathe" t-shirt and still breathe -- grieve for fallen police officers. uniform ofazor-sharp the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff alongside the cape of the godfather of soul. we have shown the world we can float like butterflies and bees,g like -- sting like that we can rocket into space and steal home like jackie, rock like jimmy, stir the pot like richard pryor, and we can be sick and tired of being sick and
tired and still rocksteady like aretha franklin. we are large, walt whitman told .s, containing multitudes we are large, containing multitudes full of contradictions. that is america. makes us gold. that is what makes us extraordinary. and as is true for america, so it is true for the african american experience. americaot a burden on or a stain on america.
or an object of pity or charity for america. we are america. [applause] president obama: and that is what this museum explains. the fact that our stories have shaped every corner of our culture. the struggles for freedom that took place made our constitution a real and living document, shaped and deepened and made more profound its meaning for all people. the story told here does not just belong to black americans. forelongs to all americans,
the african american experience has been shaped just as much by europeans, asians, native americans, and latinos. we have informed each other. , a stew.lyglot promised that if we lift up the oppressed that our darknessl rise in the and our night will become like the new day. and the story contained in this makes those words possible. and that is what this day is about. that is what this museum is
about. i, too, and american. it is a glorious story told here. it is complicated, messy, and full of contradictions, as all three stories are. scriptures,re, as and it is a story that perhaps needs to be told now more than ever. alone will not alleviate poverty in every inner-city or every rural hamlet. it won't eliminate gun violence from all our neighborhoods or immediately ensure justice is always colorblind. it won't wipe away every instance of discrimination and a
job interview, a sentencing hearing, or folks trying to rent an apartment. thee things are up to us, decisions and choices we make. it requires speaking out, organizing, and voting until our values are fully reflected in our policies and communities. but what this museum does show face ofat even in the oppression, even in the face of unimaginable difficulty, america has moved forward. and so this museum provides context for the debate of our times. them and gives us some sense of how they evolved and perhaps keeps them in proportion.
help a whitecan visitor understand the pain and anger of demonstrators in places like ferguson and charlotte. but it can also help black factors appreciate the that not only is this younger generation carrying on traditions of the past, but within the white communities across the nation we see the sincerity of law enforcement officers and officials who in fits and starts are struggling to understand and trying to do the right thing. us that routine discrimination and jim crow are not ancient history.
it is just a blink in the eye of history. it was just yesterday. and so, we should not be surprised that not all of the healing is done. despair that it is not all solved. and knowing the larger story should instead remind us just how remarkable the changes that have taken place truly are. just in my lifetime. and thereby inspire us to further progress. and so hopefully, this museum can help us talk to each other. and more importantly, listen to each other. and most importantly, see each other. black and white and latino and native american and asian american, see how our stories
are bound together. and bound together with women in america, and workers in america, and entrepreneurs in america, lgbt americans. and for young people who did not live through the struggles represented here, i hope you the changesh from that have taken place. come here and see the power of your own agency. see how young john lewis was. these were children. nation in thed a blink of an eye. young people, come here and see .our ability to make your mark
of this date is not prove that america's perfect, but it does validate the ideas of our founding. that this country born of change, this country born of of "we,on, this country country can this get better. ,nd that is why we celebrate mindful that our work is not yet done. mindful that we are but only way station on this common journey toward freedom. and how glorious it is that we have enshrined it here on some of our nation's most hallowed ground. the same place where lives were
once traded but also where hundreds of thousands of americans of all colors and marched.ce how joyful it is this story takes his rightful place along jefferson, who declared our independence, and washington who made it real, and alongside lincoln, who saved our union, and the g.i.'s who defended it. alongside a new monument to a summoningg outward, us towards that mountaintop. how righteous it is that we tell this story here. for almost eight years, i have been blessed with the extraordinary honor of serving you in this office. and time and again -- [applause]
president obama: time and again, i have flown low over the small on marine one, often with michelle and our daughters. president clinton and president bush will tell you it is an incredible sight. we pass right across the washington monument, it feels like you can reach out and touch it. at night if you turn the other way, you don't just see the lincoln memorial. old abe is lit up. you can see his spirit willing from that building. and we don't have many trips left. but over the years, i have always been comforted as i have watched this museum rise from this earth into this remarkable
tribute because i know that years from now, like all of you, michelle and i will be able to and note to this museum just bring our kids, but hopefully our grandkids. i imagine holding the little hand of somebody and telling enshrined here. and in the years that follow, they will be able to do the same. and then we will go to the lincoln memorial, and we will take a view atop the washington monument. and together, we will learn about ourselves as americans. eur sufferings, our d iumphs. and our tr
and we will walk away better for it. better because we better grasp the truth. away that much more in love with this country, the only place on earth where this story could have unfolded. [applause] president obama: it is a monument no less than the others on this mall to the deep and abiding love for this country and the ideals upon which it is .ounded arewe, too, our american -- american. so, enough talk.
president bush was timing me. [laughter] president obama: he had the over/under at 25. [laughter] president obama: let us now open this museum to the world. us a familyve with that reflects the arc of our progress. the bonner family, four generations in all, starting with gorgeous seven-year-old christine and going up to gorgeous 99-year-old ruth. [applause] obama: ruth's father was born in servitude in mississippi. he was born a slave. as a young boy, he ran to his freedom. he lived through reconstruction and jim crow. but he went on to farm and
graduate from medical school and gave life to the beautiful with awe see today spirit reflected in beautiful christine. under the laws of her country and in the eyes of god. so in a brief moment, their family will join us in ringing a bell from the first baptist church in virginia, one of the oldest black churches in america, founded under a grove of trees in 1776. the sound of this bell will be echoed by others in houses of worship and town squares across this country. an of the ringing of bells that signaled emancipation more than
>> ♪ lastat come along my lonely days are over ♪d life is like a song ♪ >> c-span, created by america's cable television companies and brought to you as a public service by your cable or satellite provider. several members of congress were at today's ceremony on the national mall. some even posting the thoughts on twitter. eleanor holmes norton tweeted --
the missouri congressman writes -- there is also a tweet from the arkansas senator. lawmakers are also sharing pictures from outside the museum. this one from new york congressman jose serrano who snapped a photo with steny hoyer and jeh johnson. the alabama congresswoman shares this photo with members of the congressional black caucus and some of her other colleagues in the house of representatives. you can see what others are tweeting through our twitter handle and subscribing to our congressional list. of today'sed any opening ceremonies for the
national museum of african american history and culture, you can see it again tonight at 3's0 eastern on c-span three' "american history tv." it is also available online at c-span.org. at howard university in washington, d.c. guest: glad to be here, man. host: the president talked about the timing of this 19th museum by the mr. romney and -- by the smithsonian, and the events happening in north carolina recently. juxtapose them. guest: the more things change, the more things stay the same. president obama captured in some ways the deep ambiguity in the age of obama related to race. i think it really emphasized the need for a museum, for a place together where people can have these often difficult conversations. in charlotte, north
carolina the state taking over an investigation of people bantering back and forth between local and state government, looking for justice. when we saw tulsa, oklahoma -- there was a race riot in 1920 one third of course, now they are saying they did not protest in tulsa like they did in charlotte p are then you have columbus, ohio, where a young boy, 100 pounds, was shot. preliminary reports say he was actually running away. what that demonstrates is these policing,of race and of race and the american spirit or as fundamental now as they were a century ago or close to a century ago when black veterans first maybe call for a museum on a national mall. host: one of the issues in north carolina, police say they will not release the police video, but the wife of the victim did release some video yesterday. why do you think the police department is saying no? guest: well, it is very interesting, because according to the state bureau of
investigation, they want them to release the tape. and the mayor of charlotte, mayor roberts, she is urging for these to be released. when you hear the police chief, a black man, saying we do not want to inflame tensions, we do not want to disrupt the investigation. i think what we have is a real question of whether or not the police can be trusted. do not mean i individual policeman, i mean the idea of law enforcement as an institutional arrangement. are we looking for somehow some ability to keep everybody calm? law and order are not the same words. i think people are more concerned with order than law. host: this is the headline of -- "don'tork times" shoot him." this video is getting a lot of attention. here is a portion. can is interesting is you
see even as her husband is on the ground. times have changed. guest: they have changed, but some people are arguing that , to use aes a form of phrase being bandied about, "trauma porn." are we just engaging in a spectacle of watching black death? has theral government idea of the attorney general. you can file a claim of racial discrimination or using federal legislation, but these cell phones, these smartphones enable everyone to engage in policing, and it has the potential to disrupt the paradigm of policing. host: let's go back and let's listen to what she is saying. it is about 20 seconds. >> i am not coming near you. i'm going to record you. he had better be alive, how about that?
yes, ma'am, 9453 lexington court. this is an officer who shot my husband, and he has better live. he had better live. they are all good. live. he had better i know he had better live. carr, that was his wife, and the question that some people are asking, why did she not drop the phone and see how he is doing? instead, she decided to record that moment. guest: the african-american experience in our country, if one thing is consistent, it is bearing witness. in that moment, she did not have the fear that we expect her to have, in part because that is one thing that black people have been able to retain, bearing witness in the moment. i want the world to see what they did to my boy. yesterday is in a long tradition of black folks
saying i may not be able to stop you in this moment, but i silenced, and i think it is a remarkable moment. by henrys is a piece louis gates -- henry louis gates junior. "never have i found that a black had uttered a thought above the level of play narration, never see even in elementary trait of painting or sculpture," thomas jefferson wrote. "i advance it, therefore, as a suspicion only that the blacks, whether originally a distinct , or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the wife in the endowments both of body and mind." guest: that is of a simpleminded. we are not created by europeans. when mr. bannister said i am in one of those people that you are talking about, he did not write back to mr. bannister.
he is able to stay at his desk and write so eloquently because he is surrounded by blacks keeping him indoors and keeping everything around him operating. jefferson is the great hypocrisy of the era. the continuing dilemma of the heart of the enterprise. fortunately, black people have not waited around to get an answer from some deals as to whether or not we are human. host: i would guess here is greg carr from temple university. joe is joining us from new orleans. the democrats line for professor greg carr. caller: good morning. i had not really a question but a comment and specifically directed for c-span. megrieves me, it saddens that on a day when we're making first museume dedicated solely to -- in
washington by the smithsonian -- sponsored -- dealing with the history of black people in our country, you take the to spin a negative connotation toward black people when you are talking about black relations, race relations and stuff. to me, this would have been an excellent opportunity, c-span, for you to talk about the contributions that black people have made to america instead of talking about the negative side of race relations. why not take this opportunity to tell people who may never, ever have the opportunity to go to the museum in washington what is there, what positive contributions we have made.
i will give you an example. i had no idea that black women worked for nasa and were involved, intricately involved, in plotting the past for the trip to the moon. i did not know that! and i bet united 9% of your audience does not know that. this would have been -- and how many people know that a black man helped develop the stop sign? how many people know that a black man developed the gas mask that helped people of today deal with disasters? host: i want to give our guests a chance to respond. thank you for the call. we have -- actually ending a hour, we will be focusing on the this ay, what is inside story museum for her to have a lot of programming on our american history network is well on the various issues that you talked about. about racet question
relations because what is happening in charlotte, north carolina. thanks for the call this morning. we love the feedback. that is what makes the program work so well. we appreciate your thoughtfulness. guest: i think this is part of the reason you asked me to come down. and i appreciate what she said. if you look at the exterior of the museum, is really the convergence of african architectural design. either this is pan african architecture, by j mack bond, it ft,designed on a euro ri but it is also in honor of the blacksmiths of new orleans and ralston. -- charleston. it is not about the extension of american history but the extension of intellectual traditions. i will be down on the mall myself to i look forward to the covers. we will celebrate today because this is a very important point.
host: and joe brought up the , and therery gainer is a story in "washington post" her, she helped put man on the moon. guest: also carla hayden. carla hayden, the symbol for black intelligence in that period was a woman. they are not just innovators, they extend a tradition that goes back at least five years in world history, and it is a black tradition. host: let's go back to the independent line. caller: good morning. thanks for taking my call. i have a comment, and i would just like to hear the guest's response. i have been very disappointed, when i listen to each of these events from mr. brown in missouri to the gentleman that
was selling single cigarettes up in new york to the shootings that the media does not really analyze how each one of these this very fact-specific. that is my one comment that i would like to hear him respond to. the second is -- water police -- not just interacting with african-americans, but with all citizens, what are they taught us how to interact in their training? my personal feeling is that in the last 50 years, police have become more aggressive in reacting to all of us at traffic stops, etc. host: thanks for the call. have you ever been pulled over? guest: absolutely.
in fact, we make a joke, "i do not know of i trust a black man over 14 years old who has not been pulled over by police." it is something i am used to. host: when that happens, what do you do? guest: i have a law degree. i teach law. when law professors are talking to high school students, particularly young men and women of african descent, they say your first job in an encounter with police is to make it out of that encounter alive and safe. unfortunately, i have heard that many times. host: into the caller's point? guest: i agree with him. adolph reed talks about using a marker ofrity as issues. no matter the color. have you been stopped by police? host: oh, i have. who hasn't? guest: to his point. when you get stopped by the police, you should be able to expect some form of decorum, some ability to not have any anxiety beyond that i make a mistake, am i safe, and i think
it comes to the central question that bill raises. have they been shifting the paradigm as it relates to police engaging with the public? peopleas african are concerned, there has not been a shift -- that has been the case since we got here. when you look at a violence question and a structural problem, we might all have a discussion. host: let's go to george in chicago. good morning. caller: good morning. good morning, brother carr. guest: good morning, brother george. how are you? caller: i am great, man. i think we're going to have to stop paying attention to this off-white -- the white altar white. that is the clan and all that group of people who got that frame of mind, they are taking control over the republican party.
control over trump and all of his words that he reads coming from that circuit, so we .ave to be careful that is what hillary was talking about when she said "the basket of deplorables," because those people controlling trump's actions and some of the things that they want to take control of our government, they have, if you check the top people that he has got advising that is who they are connected to. and so that is the carefulness that we have got to be looking for because, like, if we don't check that, everything is going to explode because that is the ku klux klan, that is all of
that force coming at us. that is the lowest force in the universe, and we have got to come back at the highest force, which that is what obama brings to it. obama brings, like he says, if they come low, we have got to come high, but we have got to come high with light, light in the darkness that is coming. and that is why trump is stumbling around in the dark because he is coming from but darkness, and the light is going to just eliminate all of that stuff. i predict that he is going to lose so bad, women are going to wake up in the next week or so, you dig? women, black people -- the italians are going to go against this character, you dig? [laughter] host: thanks for the call. guest: let me say first of all, in chicago, the museum in
chicago, steve, the museum in the first museum of african american history and culture, and the museum of detroit, the charles wright museum, this is not the first museum dedicated to the black experience, but it is the first smithsonian, national museum. history does not always go in a progression. sometimes it goes in the other direction. it goes backward. i would go as far as saying history is directionless. it depends on human initiative. trump is an aberration. this is not an aberration. this has been boiling before that. i know one thing, either of these candidates could win. george may be a little more optimistic than i am. host: we are looking at things inside the museum.
including chuck berry's car. how badly do you want to sit in that? guest: i tell you, man, i just want to look at it appeared when you convene objects in a space, you cannot forget them. i will look at chuck berry's car, and i will look at how elvis wesley, among others, repurposed chuck berry's work, and now we celebrate the car on the top floor of the museum, but what we must never lose sight of is that also speaks to a man whose car should probably be sitting in the highest halls of congress, in american history, in other words, in a place that elevates him among the race story. his influence may still be unknown. this is a may go a long way to rewrite the story. host: our next call is from marshall, texas. here ingreat car washington -- greg carr here in washington, d.c..
go ahead, keith. caller: i cannot let that jefferson quote go unchallenged. he had written to honor washington in 1809. he did this when he received african --ture from it says, "sir, i have received the favor of your letter of august 17, and with it, the volume you were so kind to send me on the literature of be assured that no person living wishes more sincere than i do to representation of the doubts that i entertained and expressed on the grave understanding a lot of by nature. this -- defying, at are similar, they
i express,es -- therefore, with great hesitation , whatever be their degree of talent, it is no measure of their rights because sir isaac noton understood he was lured by the person or property of others." host: thank you. guest: jefferson was in direct communication with regimen vinegar, a black man, who wrote banneker, a black man, who wrote almanacs. the new director of the museum the museum is the
size of the west wing. jefferson knew the genius of black people because he employed a lot of them. unfortunately, they were considered property by him. he did not have to know how smart black people were. they enabled him with a lifestyle to write those very letters. from henry gates this morning, a museum that helps to restore what slavery took away. took away our ability to be free, in a legal sense, it took away a number of things, it destroyed a number of institutions. what never away was the genius of black people. in terms of restoring, he will memory iffresh my there was ever anything like an
approximation to the quality. i think he has a fundamental misreading of history. we can get into that whenever he comes down to howard. host: let's go to sarah with greg carr of howard university. inler: im 81, i will be 82 october. host: happy birthday. you sound great. caller: i was marching with martin luther king in the 1863, i want you to know. i have been active in different thinks throughout the years. in north carolina, if you could law and theracist voting think that the judge said, they have to cease and desist, in those areas. that was just like one month ago. i think there were three or four
points that were graciously inspired to keep black people from voting. if you could discuss that. if you feel your vote -- that you cannot get out and vote. we supported a sncc worker in the 1970's to and register people to vote. host: thank you for the call. the sncc stands for? guest: the student nonviolent coordinating committee. theerday i went down to sncc thinkers. they are still singing. host: how did that go? guest: oh my goodness -- you are
not going to get me singing on tv. ♪ governor wallace . segregation bound to fall fingers weresncc there. they will be there again today. you saw what the supreme court said in massachusetts last week. they used and quoted from a report there in massachusetts about that. massachusetts has always been progressive.
if we ever get a fifth judge, maybe we would know how they would role. the north carolina legislation deliberately tried to enact policies that would in poach upon the black right -- encroach upon the black right to vote. north carolina is a highly .ontested state october 1, you have a lot that the into place by republican majority in north carolina think that police videos would never be considered public povert property and theyt need to be released. you have had the reverend on to talk about these issues. host: when you talk about sncc, governor lewis will be front and center this morning. right.
yesterday, the official snccsentative of spoke. it shows you that america is an experiment, and it continues. host: on the mall. guest: on the national mall. host: let's go to wayne. caller: your guest is not going to like what i have to say. guest: how do you know? go ahead. caller: let me tell you. to start with, if your people are committing a disproportionate amount of the get crimes, they will stopped for them. number two, if you want a police,e outcome from obey the law. number two, when you're stopped by the police, followed their instructions. guest: you mean, like when they
say put your hands up like an toast the, oklahoma, and that man was shot with his hands up. that is what you mean? caller: he did not follow the police orders. the next point is -- guest: i'm sorry, go on. caller: thank you. the next point is that blacks in america have become the new racists. you are so sensitive to white people that you go out and beats up white people because they are white. you constantly refer to white people come away people, white people, but you are so sensitive when white people call you people you people and black. i appreciate that, considering the fact that i don't think you heard that today. the first time, you correct you do yourself -- you said you,
then said, we. i'm not offended at all. i would expect that to be the absolute reaction in the country that is becoming majority nonwhite. the majority of the world is nonwhite. america is starting to look a lot more like the world. it is unfortunate. some people are saying, for example, why do have a museum on the national mall dedicated to only african-americans. i think there is something ironic about having a museum for the american indian close to the capital, a museum for african-americans close to the national monument, and between, all the other museums, the missoni and. there's something very disruptive about this narrow
definition to be american. you talk about us, you, what you shouldn't do, what we shouldn't do. we, people, when they save americans, they mean whiteness. host: rudy, good morning. caller: good morning, professor. i do not use the term african-american because there have been so many terms over the years that have been expressed. maybe an old. like me, a 60-year-old black man, to learn something -- your moderator, steve, i have people in my family who looked just like him. i think it is great to have such a diverse family like i have. if you saw it, it would be like looking at the u.n. maybe you might be able to teach me something that i don't know.
mexican,like has to be african-american, asian american , but other people don't have to use german-american, so on and so on. maybe you can help me out a little bit. thank you, professor. i appreciate the call. i would say this. the label african-american, people chase it back decades ago. this notion of an african or black person is a product of modularity. it comes as a process of enslavement. language has incredible power. james baldwin said that. when you look at african-americans, you can see ks in the early 19th
century calling themselves afri- americans. it was black, before that it was negro. here we are today, still contesting identities. the normative definitions in this country, of for chile, are grounded in the colonial project. to be an american, in many ways, means to be white. thestruggle was to drop irish and italian so we could assimilate. guess who could never assimilate? the aboriginals of this country. host: a few more minutes with our guest. we welcome our listeners on c-span radio. we are speaking with greg carr about race relations in the u.s. and the dedication ceremony of
the museum of african american history and culture. good morning. caller: good morning. up to a to follow couple of other callers questions. you actually addressed a couple of them. i have been listening here, as far as the voting restrictions that the court refused to hear the case and uphold a lower uling because they were derived on a racial basis. that was clearly the case. to me, it was amazing it was called what it was. -- they hide behind the voter fraud issue, which is bogus. it was refreshing that a court, for once, called it what it was. we all know what it is. and, with surgical precision,
research on how the voting broke down by race, and with surgical precision, targeted how those specifically would suppress the african-american vote in particular. it is disgraceful. and with the body cameras, the legislator in june passed a law that these would not be made public. it defeats the whole purpose of having these body cameras. host: i will jump in, we want to get our guest to respond. guest: i think you laid it out. you have to show intense. you are right. i was a bit surprised and glad see theseourt did
laws were enacted. we will see what happens next. i imagine, if hillary clinton wins the election, mayor garden -- mayor garland will be on the supreme court. host: our last call comes from steve. caller: i hope you are doing well. i find it disturbing that when folks like yourself, on, and i guarantee you have every right in the world to come on -- guest: did i say that? caller: you are talking about id toamericans need the
vote. you just got done thing that. if i said it, i don't remember it. caller: let me ask you a question. why would black america vote democrat in the first place. go you talk what everything that the gop has done wrong in america. it does not make sense. you have 1800 babies aborted a day since 1973 that are black babies. guest: i can answer your question very simply. why would anybody vote for a without having the right
to vote. if you trace the history in this country, there has been far too little informed voting. host: how important is this day with this president dedicating this new museum? guest: the most important thing that barack obama may have done in this country, related to being black, was getting elected. today, he will write himself thathistory by cutting ribbon. no one can tell the story of black america. debate.will have the ultimately, we will see where it ends up. we will see if lonnie brunch is right. if we want to make progress, it is very important. professor greg carr of
howard university. he is chair of african-american studies at howard. i'm glad to be on twitter. listen, c-span and washington journal, it is an honor to be at this table to be with you. host: it is our >> "washington journal" on sunday, mitch daniels talks about the presidential campaign, the federal budget, and incoming debate. book "e author of the
stoking a life," and how the issue of race was discussed this election cycle. and the editor in chief for "the websitealk about the and the use of political satire and humor. journal"shington beginning at 7:00 a.m. et. museum ofional african american history and tourists todayto in washington, d.c.. it is free to the public like all smithsonian museums. there are 12 exhibits to explore with more than 3000 artifacts on display. not too far from the museum there is another event taking place which is the national festival. is celebratingt
its 16th year and gives visitors a chance to meet with their favorite authors. includes bob woodward, ken burns. you can watch the national book be --al live on "book to "book tv." >> both bush and obama where prisoners to situations they did not create. on the other hand, they were both willing participants in the existing budget game. >> author and washington post columnist robert samuelson talks about his column on business and economic issues. >> my opinion is not so high because he pursued policies that essentially were aimed at buttressing his reputation and legacy and seemed to undermine
general confidence in the economy. >> syria's foreign minister and deputy prime minister blames the u.s. and its allies for the syriaged conflict in while addressing the u.n. general assembly in new york city. mrs. 20 minutes. -- this is 20 minutes. floor to --e the the syrian republic. i have the great pleasure in
welcoming the deputy prime minister, and minister of foreign affairs of the syrian republic. i invite him to address the general assembly. >> [speaking arabic] >> i would like to congratulate you and your friendly country fiji on your election as president of the present session of the united nations general assembly. success during your presidency which you have promised would be one for the whole house. promise, if kept, would
strengthen the neutral rule of the president of the general assembly and shed a bright light on the fact that some are trying to conceal. mr. president, ladies and gentlemen, as we meet once again, our world is going through a grave and dangerous period. federalism, which we have cautioned against, has continued to grow and gain ground, claiming the lives of more innocent people. and causing death and destruction as it rages unabated across the world. blood of syrians was not enough to quench its thirst.
it had to go after the citizens of many other countries, including those that have deported and sponsored it. these innocent people are now paying for the mistakes of their government, which have ignored the interests of their people, and adopted shortsighted policies. years, thean five syrian people, no matter their dearlytions, have paid for the crimes of terrorists who have shed the blood of syrians and undermined their security, stability, and livelihoods. terrorism has spared no one, targeting even schools, universities, hospitals, places of worship, and infrastructure.
well thatnows full terrorism would not have spread through my country if it had not been for the support of well-known countries. it's no longer a secret that qatar and saudi arabia have played a part in this, promoting their wahhabist ideology and that have nothing to do with islam. they have bragged about supporting terrorism in every way possible. thousands of mercenaries equipped with the most sophisticated weapons. meanwhile, turkey has opened its border to let in tens of thousands of terrorists from all around the world and has provided them with logistical
support and training camps under of turkish and western intelligence. even supply these terrorists with military support. i would like to refer you to a study published seven months ago erro german institute, the f center for studies. moreding to the study, than 360,000 foreign terrorists from 83 countries have entered syria since april 2011. by the end of 2015, the syrian army was able to kill 95,000 of those.
while 120,000 returned home or traveled to other countries. we in syria are combating terrorism from the whole world. every time a syrian kills another foreign terrorist, it spares the life of many innocent people who could have died in a terrorist act carried out by the returning to his country. anyone who concedes to this fact must be held responsible to the spread of terrorism and the increasing numbers of victims. our army deserves to be commended and supported and must never the target of schemes and lies.
the terrorist campaign against my country is taking place in full view of a polarized world. there are those who have chosen to support international law and the principles of the charter while others have decided to ton a blind eye to the truth support, finance and armed terrorists. they choose to refer to these terrorists as moderate armed opposition. though there is irrefutable evidence they have committed against syrians crimes and massacres no less barbaric than those of isil or al qaeda. take upsider people who arms against the state and its citizens legitimate opposition as long as they are inferior.
the exact same people on any other day and in any other country would be considered terrorists or outlaws. syriansall of this, all , the people, the army, and the government, will not relent in their fight. they are determined more than ever before to eliminate terrorism wherever it exists in the country. they are well aware that their --eland will cease to exist our belief in victory is even greater now that the syrian-arab army is making great strides in its war against terrorism. with the support of the true friends of the syrian people.
notably, the russian federation, iran, and the lebanese national resistance. strengthenedhas the resilience of syrians and has it alleviated their suffering -- and has alleviated their suffering. we help other countries will wake up and realize, before it is too late, the danger that threatens us all. we have always woke and all international efforts -- we stress the need to coordinate such efforts with the government of the syrian-arab republic. the syrian-arab army that has been combating terrorism on the ground for more than five years. without such coordination, any action would be considered a breach of sovereignty, a flagrant interference and a principles ande purpose of the charter.
without such coordination, any action will fall short of .chieving results in this regard, the syrian government can condemn this -- in the strong as possible terms the attack launched by american warplanes on the syrian army site in the vicinity of the airport on september 17. this attack allowed isil dig in control of the site. the syrian government holds the united states fully responsible for this aggression. the fact shows it was an intentional attack and not an error. even if the united states claims otherwise.
this aggression clearly proves that the u.s. and its allies are isil and with iso--- other terrorist organizations. condemnation of turkish incursion into syrian territories, under the pretext of countering terrorism. this is a flagrant aggression and must be stopped immediately. terrorism cannot be fought by replacing one terrorist organization with another. , how canot but wonder a state that has been the main point of entry for terrorist and claim to be syria fighting terrorism? how can there be genuine and effective international
counterterrorism cooperation or a relevant -- when a relevant security council resolution remains -- mr. president, ladies and gentlemen, since the onset of the crisis in 2011, the syrian government has declared that any solution must follow two parallel tracks. counterterrorism and a political intra-syrian dialogue that will allow true syrians to determine the future of their country without outside interference. from theference outside is categorically rejected by the syrian people. any solution will not succeed in
the absence of the necessary foundation and condition for its implementation, including intensified counterterrorism efforts, progress, and the national reconciliation process which has proven successful. despite all of these hurdles created by regional and western states, those states that the sign on behalf of the self-proclaimed syrian opposition, despite all of these hurdles, we have always been open to a political track that would stem the bloodshed and end the prolonged suffering of syrians. we we reiterate our commitment to move forward with the geneva tract under the auspices of the united nations. we recall our constructive position regarding the political solution. such a solution must be based on
respect for the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of syria, and the unity of its people. it should begin by establishing a government of national unity comprising representatives from the government and opposition and all inspections. thus creating a constitution drafting committee. once the new constitution is ,pproved by the syrians elections would follow and a new government would be formed under the new constitution. mr. president, ladies and gentlemen, it is truly regrettable that some are exploiting the humanitarian tragedy and suffering of syrians, especially in terrorist-held areas.