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Mike Pence Goes FULL Tone Deaf On Black History Month; Twitter EVISCERATES Him

It’s no secret that Donald Trump’s administration is tone deaf when it comes to minorities. It couldn’t have been more clear that Trump himself and his press secretary, Sean Spicer, had no clue who the brilliant abolitionist Frederick Douglass was at the Black History Month gathering at the White House. Now, we have Trump’s vice president, Mike Pence, sending out a horribly tone deaf tweet regarding this month’s celebration. He tweeted:

So, in other words, instead of admiring John Lewis, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Bayard Rustin, or any of the bunches of other people who had a hand in the march toward equality, Pence had to go and talk about a white guy and remind us that we used to be slaves. Further, the Thirteenth Amendment allowed for involuntary servitude if one commits a crime, and therefore was responsible for one in three black males still being enslaved during that time. Today’s manifestation of that is, of course, mass incarceration of people of color in America’s disgraceful for-profit prison system. So, this was DEFINITELY an offensive fail o
n the part of Mike Pence.

In short order, the Twitter machine was all over him. #PenceBlackHistory trended, and is still trending as of this writing. Here are just a few tweets ripping Pence for his offensive, tone deaf, and inappropriate response to our month:

Charlamgane Tha God even gave Pence the “Donkey of the Day” award, and said of the tweet:

“Black History Month is a time to praise our best and brightest. It’s about learning about us, teaching about us. It’s a celebration. The last thing we need is Mike Pence at the beginning of our month reminding us that we used to be slaves. We know this already.”

And that’s just for starters. The Trump administration is clearly being run by racists, and they don’t have a clue and nor do they care to. They’re only even mentioning Black History Month because someone told them they had to. What a bumbling mess. Hopefully the next four years goes by quickly.


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