First Lady, Melania Trump, has been trying on her role for a while now, and it hasn’t fit her anywhere near as perfectly as it did former First Lady Michelle Obama. Melania seems to have stayed behind the scenes more than usual for a first lady either to her own liking or at Mr. Trump’s request.
However, on Wednesday morning, she got on Twitter to make a post in celebration of African-American History Month, and it exploded in right back her face along with some comments from her idiotic supporters who want to know why we don’t have white history month. She tweeted:
Here’s how Twitter responded:
Melania quite obviously missed the point about African-American History Month, especially when she said:
‘We look forward to more events that celebrate our unique and diverse cultures.’
The University of New Mexico Africana Studies department gives the historical background for the month:
‘In 1926, Harvard educated historian, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, ushered into the American experience a celebration of the accomplishments of Black Americans under the banner: Negro History Week.
‘Woodson, always one to act on his ambitions, decided to take on the challenge of writing black Americans into the nation’s history. He established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now called the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History) in 1915, and a year later founded the widely respected Journal of Negro History. In 1926, he launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history.’
It isn’t about “our cultures,” but instead about bringing attention to the accomplishments of a marginalized group – a group who is still oppressed in our country, and a group who Trump’s policies continue to oppress. The Trump Administration has done anything but try to achieve equality for people of color.
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