June 3
Race in America: A Conversation with House Majority Whip James Clyburn
As Americans grapple with issues of race, equality, police brutality, and free speech, Washington Post Live hosted one of the nation’s top elected officials, House Majority Whip Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.). Washington Post opinions writer Jonathan Capehart asked Clyburn his views on the current civil unrest, struggle for civil rights, and how to bring the country together.
Highlights
Attorney General William Barr personally ordered law enforcement officials to clear the streets around Lafayette Square just before President Trump spoke Monday night. House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn says Barr’s decision is ‘disappointing, but not surprising.’
  • Jun 3
Some members of the faith community have condemned President Trump’s use of St. John’s Church as a backdrop for a photo, moments after protesters were aggressively cleared from Lafayette Square. House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn said ‘there’s never a time to misuse religion.’ ‘This president seems to think that religion is some kind of prop to further his political interest.’
  • Jun 3
Thousands of protesters have descended on cities across the country to protest police brutality following the in-custody death of George Floyd. House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn said the protests are a ‘defining moment’ for the country. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this since, maybe, Emmett Till,” referring to the 1955 lynching of a 14-year-old black child in Mississippi that helped spur the civil rights movement...I think this is a defining moment…Our judicial system is crying out for restructuring.”
  • Jun 3
Rep. James Clyburn says it’s “not a must” for former vice president Joe Biden to pick a black woman as his running mate, but he says it would be ‘a plus.’ ‘The only thing that’s a must in this process is to win.’
  • Jun 3
House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn says people who join protests to loot or destroy property should think about what they’re doing and question whether it will make anything better. “We have a purpose when we go out to protest…We have to be very careful in this movement, especially with social media all around us. So much of what we say and do gets weaponized against us…Peaceful protest is our game, violence is their game.”
  • Jun 3
James Clyburn
House Majority Whip
James E. Clyburn is the Majority Whip, the third-ranking Democrat in the United States House of Representatives, and currently serves as the Chairman of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. He is also the Chairman of the Rural Broadband Task Force and Democratic Faith Working Group. As a national leader, he has championed rural and economic development and many of his initiatives have become law. His 10-20-30 federal funding formula was included in four sections of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Congressman Clyburn is also a passionate supporter of historic preservation and restoration programs. His efforts have restored scores of historic buildings and sites on the campuses of historically black colleges and universities. His legislation created the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, elevated the Congaree National Monument to a National Park, and established the Reconstruction Era National Monument in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Congressman Clyburn and his late wife, Emily England Clyburn, met as students at South Carolina State and were married for 58 years. They are the parents of three daughters; Mignon Clyburn, Jennifer Reed, and Angela Hannibal and four grandchildren.
Jonathan Capehart
The Washington Post
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