It's February and Black History Month, which has particular poignancy a year unto the presidency of Donald Trump. The leader of our nation has all but high-fived racists on TV; he's called countries like Haiti "sh**holes." He's left Puerto Rico to fend for itself after a devastating storm. He's deported veterans and breaks up families. He's tried to ban entire populations of countries from coming to the US.
Then there's his daughter, Ivanka.
No matter what's going on, the First Daughter tries to maintain neutral amiability. In a gesture towards normalcy, she tweeted about Black History month, but nothing these people do is normal.
During #BlackHistoryMonth, we celebrate heroes like Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who were sojourners for freedom – and we resolve to continue to bring greater equality, dignity, and opportunity to all Americans, regardless of race or background.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) February 1, 2018
The tweet reads:
"During #BlackHistoryMonth, we celebrate heroes like Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who were sojourners for freedom - and we resolve to continue to bring greater equality, dignity, and opportunity to all Americans, regardless of race or background."
This is a pretty bland statement in regards to Black History Month; from anyone outside the Trump administration, it probably wouldn't be noted as anything in particular. But from Ivanka Trump, it's pretty ridiculous. Also, what does she means by sojourners for freedom? Is she referencing Sojourner Truth???
Folks were pretty quick to offer their opinions:
Unless they live in Puerto Rico. Right Ivanka??— Hamilton Gibbons (@HamiltonGibbons) February 1, 2018
OMG! I was about to say that! Leave it to the Trumps to find a way to take any focus away from a minority. Next they will say Blacks are doing so good, they no longer need a month of acknowledgment.— Maddy ❤✌🇵🇷 (@Bamby1976) February 1, 2018
Maybe tag your father, I don't think he knows...— Daniel Danger Marin (@dangermarin) February 1, 2018
"[white supremacists] are very fine people"
By "celebrating" you mean tweeting and having photo ops but not actually acting to effect change, and in fact doing the opposite?— WigglyButtz (@Wigglybuttz) February 2, 2018
Are you high?— Ω¯\_(ツ)_/¯soSUme (@Black2thBone) February 2, 2018
April Fool's Day is on April 1st. February 1st is the beginning of #BlackHistoryMonth
"– and we resolve to continue to bring greater equality, dignity, and opportunity to all Americans, regardless of race or background." pic.twitter.com/j1ZyCq7tHK
“A sojourner is a person who resides temporarily in a place.”— AngelaBlueWave 🌊 (@AngelaBlueWave) February 2, 2018
Blech. For a palate cleanser, there's also this thread from former NFL player and "gif connoisseur" Matthew A. Cherry, who is asked for the "blackest gif" people have to celebrate the month.
There are a couple in here Ivanka should see:
And buy a dictionary!