By now, you may have already heard that Trump has absolutely no idea who Frederick Douglass is, and may even think he’s still alive. But as hilarious as that particular gaffe was, it has kind of overshadowed how horribly offensive and racist his entire speech was. It wasn’t just that he clearly had never heard of any black heroes in American history; he couldn’t even bring himself to talk about black people for more than a sentence or two. For Black History Month.
Here’s a transcript of his remarks (via The Concourse), annotated with every tone-deaf and/or outright racist thing he said: Continue reading “Trump talks Black History Month, forgets to talk about black people”
*And in other news, we now live in North Korea. Continue reading “House Republican says Trump should be our sole source of news”
As it turns out, Rob Schneider isn’t the only white man who likes to whitesplain Martin Luther King Jr. As a big Bernie fan (but not a BernieBro), I was shocked to see his utterly tone-deaf Facebook post about MLK this weekend, which basically said, “On this day, let’s remember what MLK did for white people.”
The full post reads (emphasis mine):
Martin Luther King, Jr. was not just a great African-American civil rights leader. He was much more than that. He was one of the great American leaders in modern history, a man of extraordinary courage. Dr. King helped lead the fight not just against racism, but against the unjust and immoral Vietnam War. He led the fight to fundamentally change our national priorities, questioning why we spent so much on the military, and so little for human needs. And please remember: when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, he was standing alongside exploited garbage collectors and their union in the fight for decent wages and working conditions.
Oh, lordy. Where to start.