Why black history matters: Trump's awkward teaching moment

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Stephanie Keith Reuters

Given that Black History Month is the (often only) time of year that black Americans' accomplishments are celebrated, it seems odd that the vice president would take a moment to pat Lincoln on the back.

The "who's done an fantastic job" construction led many to conclude Trump wasn't aware of Douglass being dead.

Yet when it came time for our leader, a man educated at some of America's best schools, to reference Douglass, he unleashed what can charitably be called a garble, calling him "somebody who's done an incredible job and he's being recognized more and more, I noticed".

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer also appeared to confuse his tenses at a press conference Wednesday. "And I think through a lot of the actions and statements that he's going to make, I think the contributions of Frederick Douglass will become more and more". "What better way to celebrate Black History Month than to have African-Americans listen to a rich white guy complain that the world is unfair to him?" asked Colbert. Trump said. "And this story's one of unimaginable sacrifice, hard work and faith in America". Douglass was born into slavery around 1818 and died in 1895. Big impact. I'm proud to honour this heritage and will be honouring 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. Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today.

Well the election, it came out really well. In a month meant to highlight black accomplishment, the vice president chose to reference only black oppression. So, Trump made a decision to change the month's name.

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