President Trump Kicks off Black History Month

President Donald Trump met with leaders of the African American community Wednesday to kick off Black History month.

Web sites such as the TMZ gossip site noticed that President Trump's proclamation used the term "African-American History Month" instead of "Black History Month" and published an item stating that he had "changed the name" of the month-long observance. "Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who's done an fantastic job and is being recognized more and more, I notice". White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer didn't help his boss much when he offered up comments that were equally baffling.

"I think [President Trump] wants to highlight the contributions that [Douglass] has made", Spicer said.

The bust is "cherished", he insisted, and one of "the favourite things" alongside busts of Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson, who previously held the office Trump now does. Douglass died in 1895.

Flanked by black staff and supporters in the White House's Roosevelt Room, Trump began promisingly, noting the contribution of African Americans and their "unimaginable sacrifice".

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Aganaba says telling black stories is important, especially in a city like Vancouver that has a smaller black community than many large North American cities.

For those wondering, yes, Frederick Douglass is indeed dead.

The official also added that the president was mindful of the new addition to the Smithsonian, referencing the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Trump added: "Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today".

"Donald Trump doesn't care about black people", wrote Kwame Opam, an editor at The Verge, referencing a famous Kanye West line about then-president George W. Bush.

  • Marlene Weaver