Why black history matters: Trump's awkward teaching moment

06 February, 2017, 01:04 | Author: Kristopher Anderson

(Carson is the newly appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, while Omarosa Manigault was the Trump campaign's director for African-American outreach; the two were seated on either side of Trump.) Colbert also lambasted Trump for listing off other African-American icons, including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks, seemingly at random. Meyers and one of the show's writers, Amber Ruffin, were on top of Trump's Black History Month speech. Is Frederick Douglass, the author and abolitionist who was born a slave in 1818, now alive?

The leaders appeared before the press following their meeting with President Trump and told One America News that Trump understands the timeline necessary to fix many problems in America's inner cities. "I think he wants to highlight the contributions that he has made and I think that through a lot of the actions and statements that he is going to make, I think that the contributions of Frederick Douglass will become more and more". Then, as is Black History Month tradition, he threw a jab at CNN, saying he doesn't like to watch it because he doesn't like "fake news". It's one of the favourite things - and we have some good ones.

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I'm proud to honor this heritage and will be honoring it more and more. Snopes.com reported that former President Gerald Ford first used the the term Black History Month in 1976, but later presidents including Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama have used the term "African-American History Month" in at least one of their annual proclamations for the month of February. "This is why the press is failing and it's failing very, very badly". Meyers questioned. "And not his full biography, just simple stuff like, 'Is Frederick Douglass alive?'" So, Trump made a decision to change the month's name.

"As #BlackHistoryMonth begins, we remember when Pres. Lincoln submitted the 13th Amendment, ending slavery, to the states #NationalFreedomDay", Pence wrote on Twitter on Wednesday night.

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