Linn Washington Jr.
Twice in recent weeks President Donald Trump reinforced his image of ignorance on African-Americans with astounding statements. Those statements amplified concerns about this president who rose to the Oval Office through a campaign tarred by brazen bigotry from his surrogates, his supporters and himself.
During a recent press conference, where Trump’s deportment was assessed as bizarre by conservatives and liberals, the self-proclaimed “least racist person…ever” evidenced ignorance about the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) – that 46-year-old Capitol Hill contingent concerned with issues important to African-Americans.
During that press conference Trump bizarrely asked an African-American journalist to arrange a meeting for him with the CBC and Trump falsely stated that a CBC member rejected his repeated requests to meet with that black congressman.
Days before that press conference flub-up, President Trump made a faux pas regarding legendary 19th Century black activist Frederick Douglass during a White House meeting with a dozen-plus handpicked blacks held on the first day of African-American History Month.
During remarks at that February 1st “listening session” Trump referenced Douglass as if the fabled abolitionist/orator/statesman was still alive. Trump flubbed the fact that Douglass died 122-years ago, in February 1895.
Sketch of Frederick Douglass at Blockson Afro-American Collection in Philadelphia. LBWPhoto
Douglass died in DC at his home that is now a National Historic Site located less than five miles from the White House. Trump’s faux pas on Frederick Douglass ignited widespread ridicule, from social media postings to mainstream news media accounts.
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