VANCOUVER — Canada’s first African-American president is a racist and racist white supremacist who was elected by his supporters to a second term, a black music publisher said Friday.
“The racist, racist president is in a class by himself,” said Andrew Dickson, co-founder and CEO of Music Publishing, Inc. The company was founded in the late 1980s by African-Americans, and Dickson said the first black presidents have tended to be “white and male.”
“It’s the worst, most racist thing to see in America,” he said of the president-elect Donald Trump.
The president-to-be, who has been under investigation for fraud and other charges, is expected to have a black cabinet in place and a black president in his first days in office.
Trump’s election on Nov. 8 sparked widespread protests around the country.
The nation’s first president was freed from prison after a judge ruled his release unconstitutional in 2016, a decision the U.S. Supreme Court upheld in 2017.
Trump has denied he ever committed fraud or other crimes.
Dickson called the election a racist victory for the president.
“He is a bigot, a racist, a white supremacist, a misogynist and a racist nationalist,” he told reporters.
“And he will have a lot of power and he will be the one to fix it.”
Trump is a Republican, but his supporters have been critical of his policies and his race, Dickson noted.
Trump was a reality TV star and a media mogul who created the Trump brand and had a fortune that would be dwarfed by his.
He has said he wants to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.
He also has said Mexican immigrants are criminals.
The American Music Publishers Association and the American Federation of Musicians have said they support boycotting the inauguration.
“In light of the racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, xenophobia and xenophobic-bigotry of the incoming president of the United Kingdom, we urge all members of the music publishing industry to take immediate steps to reject and avoid attending this year’s inauguration,” said Dave Wills, executive director of the AACMA.
The group is the oldest and largest industry association representing U.K. music publishers.
It is also one of the biggest in Canada, having been founded in 1900.
Wills said the group had already received death threats, but had no plans to cancel the annual meeting, scheduled for March 26.
The AACMA and its members said in a statement that they were “deeply saddened by the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists, neo-Nazis and KKK members have been emboldened by the election of Donald Trump, and we condemn the actions of the white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups who organized this rally.”
Dickson is an executive with the Vancouver-based Music Publishing Company, which he founded in 1984.
He said his company was not planning to cancel its annual meeting.
“Our membership base is already overwhelmingly white, male and working-class,” he added.
The publisher has published more than 1,000 albums.
The announcement that Dickson would boycott the meeting came after the president of a U.N. committee investigating racism in the U-20 World Cup said he would not attend because of the planned inauguration.
The U.R.F.U. has said Trump’s actions at the U2 concert show of white nationalism have been racist and anti-Semitic.