African-American leaders sent condolences to the family of Sen. John McCain, who leaves a mixed legacy with the Black community.
McCain succumbed on Saturday to his battle against brain cancer. The lawmaker and Vietnam War hero, who ran twice for U.S. president, died at his home in Arizona at age 81.
“Today we not only lost a war hero and savvy politician but a man that always put true American values before himself. He was often open to dialogue and conversation about some of this country’s most controversial issues, and he will forever be remembered for his fighting spirit,” NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said. “We send our condolences to the McCain family and the constituents he proudly served in Arizona for 33 years.”
President Barack Obama, who ran for president in 2008 against McCain, tweeted this message:
The Congressional Black Caucus had this to say:
Many recalled that McCain defended Obama on the campaign trail in 2008, when he shut down a birther who raised doubts about Obama’s birthplace and religion. He’ll be remembered as one of the few Republicans who openly criticized President Donald Trump for calling Haiti and African nations “shithole countries.” Democrats also cheered the dramatic moment on the Senate floor in 2017 when McCain, while battling cancer, gave the thumbs-down on the GOP vote to permanently repeal Obamacare.
There was another side to McCain that brings balance to his legacy. McCain was indifferent to his Black constituents in Arizona, according to Politico.
McCain “has pretty well zero relationship with the African-American community that I know of,” Oscar Tillman, the former Arizona NAACP head, told Politico in 2008. “I don’t recall him ever attending any function with the NAACP. Each year we send them an invitation [to an annual banquet], and each year they say no.”
The senator was also a staunch opponent of the national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Even after President Ronald Reagan finally decided to approve the bill for MLK Day, McCain voted against it.
Twitter Is Outraged After The French Open Bans Serena's Catsuit: 'You Have To Respect The Game'
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Bernard Giudicelli, the French Tennis Federation chief announced a dress code for the 2019 French Open, which includes outlawing Serena Williams catsuit. Makes perfect sense for a fat, bald, aging man to be making fashion decisions for elite athletes. #FrenchOpen #SerenaWilliams pic.twitter.com/VDQyQmv4ln— Minimal Effort with Jason Sweet (@MinimalEffortJS) August 24, 2018
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The idea that Serena Williams' catsuit signals she doesn't respect the game of tennis is ridiculous for a number reasons, but especially because her catsuit wasn't unprecedented. Anne White wore a catsuit back in 1985 at Wimbledon. pic.twitter.com/ekAzc9k1De— Nadra Nittle (@NadraKareem) August 24, 2018
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During the French Open I saw many White players who were nearly naked, but Bernard Giudicelli decides Serena Williams' catsuit was disrespectful?!?! What would powerful White people do if they didn't spend so much time policing Blackness? He is being disrespectful! pic.twitter.com/dHRBo5vShA— We STILL Can't Breathe (@Fiorentina5) August 24, 2018
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According the French Open organizers, this catsuit that Serena Williams wore this year is 'inappropriate' so they've banned it. Ja no, being black and excellent is tough 🙄— Zweli Mbhele (@TheZweli) August 24, 2018
It literally has her entire body covered. pic.twitter.com/NgplF4hdMf
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"You have to respect the game and the place." 1. Didn't Anne White wear a white catsuit during Wimbledon? 2. If a white woman champion wore the same outfit, would he have said anything? (Yes, I'm going there.) 3. All the women players should boycott until Serena gets an apology.— Julie London Ferguson (@DearBubbie) August 23, 2018
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I don’t get this thing of Serena’s catsuit being deemed inappropriate for the French Open. All the women in professional tennis wear tiny, “revealing” clothes but the catsuit is inappropriate? You absolutely cannot convince me that this is anything other than misogynoir.— Generically Black (@THISisLULE) August 24, 2018
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This is wrong on so many levels. How are we still in an era where a man decides what a woman wears to work?— Real ones are investing in Black Ballad ✌🏾 (@IamTobiOredein) August 24, 2018
Coz Serena playing tennis is her job. https://t.co/ZQyA26uXVx
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It's no coincidence that Serena Williams is being dress coded at the same time black kids are being pushed out of school because of their hair. It's not the catsuit or the hair that's the problem. It's the anti-blackness.— Nadra Nittle (@NadraKareem) August 24, 2018
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I would like Serena to show up in this outfit for French Open next year and then remove it revealing a catsuit with a crown emblem. 👑 pic.twitter.com/uYwE9yorYb— LaWanda (@lawanda50) August 23, 2018
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The French Open banning Serena from wearing a catsuit is the epitome of the word HATER. Jealousy is such an ugly trait.— LaChina Robinson (@LaChinaRobinson) August 24, 2018
12. Even Shonda Rhimes Was Not Here For It...
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The game seems quite content to be played no matter what women wear. Perhaps this man should focus on his own fashion choices and respect the GOAT's rights to wear whatever the hell she pleases. #getoffhercourt https://t.co/sS7QcyJp3y— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) August 24, 2018
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