Trump Cancels Black History Month, Says It's "Outdated"

Trump Cancels Black History Month, Says It's "Outdated"
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As usual, President Donald Trump is out here making drastic changes to things rooted in a history and culture he knows nothing about. 

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On Thursday, Trump renamed February's Black History Month to African American History Month. A senior administration official tells TMZ, after meeting with African American leaders, he believed the consensus was that the term "black" is outdated, and the more appropriate way to refer to the community is "African American."  Since when has Trump, of all people, ever cared about being appropriate or politically correct? Sounds like Alt Facts to us. 

In the proclamation, he (or Sean Spicer, we never know the difference) writes that this year's theme is "the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans." 

"This year's theme also calls upon us to rededicate ourselves to the work of ensuring that all children in this Nation have access to quality educational opportunities that give them the skills, experiences, relationships, and credentials that can empower them to follow in the footsteps of people like Katherin JohnsonMadam C.J. Walker, and Robert Smalls," he writes.

Good luck with anything related to education if Betsy DeVos is elected as U.S. Education Secretary. 

While many have pointed out that former president Barack Obama has called February African-American History Month as well, this move creates an even bigger divide in the black community. In the recent years, many people have been using Black History Month as a time to not only note the accomplishments of African-Americans, but also Afro-Latinxs, serving as a way to bridge the two communities and attack anti-blackness in our own culture. By changing February, and simplifying black culture to simply African-American, negates the place Latinx people, such as Arturo Alfonso SchomburgCelia CruzJean-Michel Basquiat and others, have had in black history. 

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While some may view this move as a progression, this renaming is in fact a major step back in our communities. Racism doesn't care if you're African-American or Afro-Latinx — all it sees is black.

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