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Dear Ivanka Trump: Black History Month Is Not Yours to Comment On
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2 Feb 2018 03:57 PM EST

-by Drew Kolar, Editor; Image: A painting dedicated to the founders of Black History Month and the Black United Students at Kent State University, by Ernie Pryor (Image Source: Kkhemet via Wikimedia Commons)

Donald Trump's family continues to be out of touch with the U.S.—and, really, the world—despite what their hardcore followers believe.

With Black History Month beginning this week, America is celebrating African-American history and the black Americans who fought throughout their lives for freedom and equality. But of course, leave it to the Trump family to add their own tone-deaf commentary to the conversation. Ivanka Trump, in particular, had some choice words for a Black History Month message—despite perhaps having good intentions.

"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," she posted on Twitter on Thursday, February 1.

But Black History Month is not for "all ... race[s] or background[s]." This is not a month where "All Lives Matter." Ivanka, this month is not for you or your family—it's not even for me, as a white, gay male (but I will hold on to June, which you also cannot touch—Pride Month belongs to the LGBTQ+ community). Ivanka, right now, you need to simply sit back and be quiet with your "all-inclusive" message and celebrate what this month stands for.

Black Americans know your family is racist. Black citizens of this country continue to fight every day for their rights and be considered equal—because, in truth, we do not have full equality in the U.S. "Black Lives Matter" was created because black people are still being treated as lesser humans, gunned down by (white) police officers for no reason, forced into poverty by an oppressive system, and generally walked all over by the rich, white man—yes, Ivanka, I mean your father. Right now, your family needs to back away from your Twitter accounts and leave the commentary to the African-American community and those who support them.

When supporting Donald Trump and his administration, Ivanka, your words fall on deaf ears. You are supporting racism, neo-Nazism, and an overall disdain for the poor and downtrodden people of this country. You have no right to comment on Black History Month, period. Taking a note from Vogue your message is reminiscent of your father's comments following the white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, during which activist Heather Heyer was run over and killed. Your father noted that there were "very fine people, on both sides"—meaning he believes there are also "very fine people" on the Neo-Nazi side. When you support your father's sentiments and the "All Lives Matter" mentality, you support outright racism. You are a racist.

Perhaps, Ivanka, it is time to shut up, stand back, and pay attention. Listen to the stories and the history of the black people of this country for once. Keep your mouth shut for once. Learn something. It may do you some good. But for the sake of America, please, leave Black History Month alone.

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