Frederick Douglass' Family Approves of Trump Honoring Him in 'Present Tense'

  • Frederick Douglass' Family Approves of Trump Honoring Him in 'Present Tense'

Frederick Douglass' Family Approves of Trump Honoring Him in 'Present Tense'

Uh, say what? Did President Donald Trump just fire 'Black History Month?' February has been the time when America celebrates the contributions made by its citizens of color, but after four decades of going by 'Black History Month, ' Trump reportedly has given the name the boot!

"Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who's done an fantastic job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice", Trump said in remarks that made the abolitionist seem oddly contemporary.

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And then-President Bill Clinton urged people to visit Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington.

While reading the transcript, which she sarcastically said "rivals the famous "I have a dream" speech", Ruffin also gave Trump a pass for his obsessive comments on how the media has covered him.

Douglass was-and continues to be-widely well-known internationally. In a month meant to highlight black accomplishment, the vice president chose to reference only black oppression. It's one of the favourite things - and we have some good ones.

Trump spoke Wednesday about Douglass - who died in 1895 - and Martin Luther King Jr. through the context of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, the newest Smithsonian museum that opened in 2016. Trump, who frequently equated "inner cities" with "the African Americans" in speeches during his campaign, is not known for being in touch with the nation's black communities.

And then while on the phone with the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Trump cut the call short and told Turnbull, "This is the worst call by far" of the ones he's had with world leaders. We have Lincoln, and we have Jefferson, and we have Dr. Martin Luther King.

Many Americans remain hopeful that Trump will bring positive changes.

I'm proud to honor this heritage and will be honoring it more and more.