To be fair to President Donald Trump, he did mention a few black reformers during his Black History Month speech. He used a full minute to extol their virtues, in fact. It's just that he can barely identify anyone alive who is making a difference for black communities.
Here is what he said:
“Well this is Black History Month... During this month, we honor the tremendous history of the African-Americans throughout our country, throughout the world, if you will think about it, right,” Trump read. “And their story is one about unimaginable sacrifice, hard work and faith in America.”
After this brief introduction, Trump went on to talk about Dr. Martin Luther King — or actually about the “fake news” stating the new president had removed the African-American activist’s bust from his office.
“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I noticed,” he added.
Douglass died over a century ago but he is just now being noticed “more and more” by Trump — but apparently not, since the president never mentioned exactly what his “amazing job” entailed.
Douglass fought for the abolition of slavery as a black man who was once himself a slave. His autobiography, which depicts the horrors of slavery, is considered one of the most important works of the era. He claimed the Civil War was a moral crusade to set America on the path of racial equality but was not wholly successful in his endeavors as Jim Crow rose in the South; nevertheless, he continued his work until his death in 1895.
He was also a Republican and is commonly taught about in schools.
“Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today. Big impact!” Trump concluded, once again not bothering to share the details of the two phenomenal women — or talk about any contributions of living black Americans except for his lackey and former "The Apprentice" contestant Omarosa Manigault.
Apparently, having enough of Black History Month, the president then spent the next 11 minutes of the meeting praising himself over his alleged success with the black community, threatening black gangs, praising his supporters for shutting up the “opposition,” allowing his supporters the chance to praise him and his favorite — bashing the press.
To hear exactly what Trump thinks Black History Month is about, watch the video above.
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