As usual, President Donald Trump is out here making drastic changes to things rooted in a history and culture he knows nothing about.
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official tells TMZ, after meeting with African American leaders, he believed the consensus was that the term "black" is outdated, and the more appropriate way to refer to the community is "African American."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 Johnson, Madam 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 Schomburg, Celia Cruz, Jean-Michel Basquiat and others, have had in black history.
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.
Check out how others are feeling down below.
Trump changed Black History Month to African American History Month even though not all Black Americans are African American pic.twitter.com/0WLFt8UWIF
— Tiss, Filthy Radical (@NaturallyTiss) February 2, 2017
So y'all President changed "Black History Month" to "National African American History Month" pic.twitter.com/J3IFuWr4QI
— #BlackBoyJoy (@TheThurgood_) February 2, 2017
Changing BHM to African American history month excludes all black Americans who aren't African American. Sooo nah, its still BHM for me.
— ॐ (@sm0k4hontas) February 2, 2017
Our history reaches far beyond America. So I am not ok with renaming our month African American History Month I'm BLACK! #BlackHistoryMonth
— LaTiya Harris (@lsilkyth) February 2, 2017
Trump turned #BlackHistoryMonth to National African American History Month.
Imma pass on "gifts" Fanta Fascist wanna offer us in February.
— Jacquelyn Gray (@JacquelynMGray) February 2, 2017