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  • Writer's pictureErica Robert Pallo

Trump & Black History vs "I Am Not Your Negro"

Updated: Feb 12, 2018

Issue = Trump's Biased View of Black History

"If Trump never learned about Douglass, who else didn’t he learn about? Has he heard of Harriet Jacobs, the enslaved woman who lived in a tiny attic for seven years to avoid being raped by her master? Or Ella Baker, the civil-rights activist who helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee? Or Bayard Rustin, the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, who was pushed to the sidelines of the civil-rights movement because he was gay? Or Carter G. Woodson? If Trump doesn’t know this history, how can he understand, or claim to understand, African-American life and race relations in this country?" Trump and Black History Month

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Film Antidote = I Am Not Your Negro

“'I’m terrified,' he said, 'by the moral apathy, the death of the heart, which is happening in my country.' Baldwin spoke these words during a segment on 'The Negro and the American Promise,' a 1963 PBS special that also featured Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. It is this nation’s tragedy that rather than echoes from history, his thoughts still resonate with bone-weary familiarity in our perilous present and near future." James Baldwin in Trump’s America

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