Does President Donald Trump need a Black history lesson?

Trump is scheduled to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Tuesday. It’s either the president’s latest misguided attempt to embrace the Black experience or it’s a staged photo-op for Black History Month.

During his tour, Trump will likely view Emmett Till’s casket. Till was lynched at age 14 for whistling at a white woman in Money, Mississippi. The president will also see the remnants of a slave ship in an exhibit about the African slave trade. The museum also features a KKK uniform worn by a Grand Dragon of the white supremacist group.

What is the president hoping to accomplish? Does Trump just want a photo-op with Black museum officials? And why should Black folks care?

Trump’s visit to the museum comes as Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said the CBC would welcome a meeting with Trump, but only if it didn’t include Steve Bannon, the top White House adviser who Jeffries called “a stone cold racist.”

Meanwhile, the architect behind Trump’s tour of the new African-American history museum may be Omarosa Manigault, a senior White House advisor and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison.

Manigault, a former pastor with the Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, is trying to help Trump appeal to Black Americans but Trump can’t stop getting in his own way.

Earlier this month, at a Black History Month breakfast, Trump implied that Frederick Douglass, who died in 1895, was still alive. He described the 19th century abolitionist “an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more.”

“I am very proud now that we have a museum on the National Mall where people can learn about Reverend King, so many other things,” Trump said. “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice.”

It wasn’t clear what Trump meant by Douglass being “recognized more and more” but it’s yet another example of Trump appearing clueless when talking about Black people.

The Douglass reference was so absurd that it prompted Andy Borowitz  of The New Yorker to poke fun of Trump in a satire column about an imaginary exchange between Trump and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

“Betsy told me all about Frederick Douglass,” Trump told reporters. “I think she’s going to be a fantastic Education Secretary. She really made Frederick Douglass come alive.”

 Impressed by the one-sentence summary that DeVos wrote about Douglass, Trump said that he was now considering Douglass for a top White House post.

 “Based on what Betsy said about him, we could really use Fred’s energy around here,” Trump said.

And last week, at a rambling press conference, Trump suggested that April Ryan, a longtime White House correspondent, broker a meeting between Trump and the Congressional Black Caucus.

Ryan, a journalist with American Urban Radio Networks, asked Trump a direct question.

“Are you going to include the Congressional Black Caucus?” Ryan asked.

“Do you want to set up a meeting?” Trump said.

“I would love to meet with the Black Caucus. I think it’s great, the Congressional Black Caucus,” Trump said. “I think it’s great.”

So Tuesday, Trump is scheduled to tour the National Museum of African American History and Culture where former President Barack Obama suggested he visit.

I’m not sure what Trump will gain from a tour of the museum. Perhaps after viewing Emmett Till’s casket and learning about the African slave trade, the president will become more enlightened and speak more intelligently about black history instead of offering alternative facts about Frederick Douglass.

And maybe this is all just a charade; a high-profile exercise in futility.

What do you think?

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20 thoughts on “Trump’s Visit To African-American Museum: Substance Or Stunt?

  1. KINGIII on said:

    I think we should give Trump a chance to prove himself to Black people..he has pissed off many white people and I don’t think I mind that at all……….

    • I’ll give him a chance after he apologize for being a ignorant racist, who said for 5 yrs, that Obama wasn’t born here. I’ll give him a chance when he stop saying the Central Park 5 were still guilty. I might give him a chance when he apologize for saying must blks live in hell. That’s not going to happened. Therefore he gets nothing, here.

  2. All the haters saying “It’s only a publicity stunt” would be the same hypocrites saying “How come Trump didn’t come to the museum during Black History Month” if he doesn’t.
    Michael Cottman is the democrat house negro keeping black people in the dark down on the plantation. Black people were fooled by Jackson and Sharpton, they’re being bamboozled by the likes of Cottman.

    • STFU! If you’re a supporter, good for you, nobody’s hating on this POG, you’re a FAKE ASS POS for writing this crap,TAKE A SEAT, GLUE YOUR ASS TO THAT, oh maybe you’re @ the bottom looking up, you should have been aborted, your a waste of space and oxygen.

  3. If reference to the last statement of this article. It ask the question, if this prez will think more intelligently. Really? They’re isn’t an ounce of intelligence in that lil brain of his. I wish he wouldn’t go. It will be a joke, bc he’s s joke. He’s not sincere at all in helping the blk community, don’t care what he says and does. He is who we think he is, a racsit.

    • Obama did nothing for black people for eight years, you voted for him twice, you’re afraid President Donald J. Trump will do more for black people than your false idol Obama.

      • Fool, I have ZERO confidence is this person doing ANYHTING for minorites. You got that? He can go to that museum until the cows come home. A leopard doesn’t change its spots. Period.

      • Btw. Obama wasn’t my idol. You and your ilk have trumpster for an idle. You have officially been hoodwinked. Case closed!!

      • Shirley on said:

        Trump can’t keep his foot out of his mouth and stay out of his own way. Every time he opens his mouth, stupid falls out. This is a photo op with the “Blacks” to try to try to make himself look good which will never work. He is and always will be a racist narcissitic pervert. He gives less than a damn about anything and anybody but himself. He will be impeached soon or stroke out.

  4. Chump’s visit to the African American Museum in DC is nothing but a publicity stunt!!!!
    He could care less about people of color!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Trump will not learn anything more about real Black people and the history we have lived because he is surrounded with “fake” Black folks like ” and “Oh My Rosa” and “Thin Carson”. You see they fired a young 26 year old brother from HUD because he wrote a critical article about Trump…..before he won or stole the election. I think it is a big joke and I am glad he will be gone before I visit there this year.

    • williaml on said:

      Black people need to come off the plantation and learn about Real Black people.
      Black people sit around and whine for reparations from slavery and still vote Democrat.
      It is the Democrat Party that is Guilty of putting us in Slavery and the Republican Party that caused us to be free from slavery AND gave us Civil Rights. The Democrats said that we were 3/5 animal and therefore did not deserve Equal Rights. It was the democrats that slave traded with Muslims and brought our ancestors to America as Slaves. Trump did Not Steal the election, he won it fair and square. Clinton had over 3 million votes from ILLEGAL ALIENS and they could not count.

      • Why don’t u get off this website, pretending to be blk??! You’re no more blk than I’m white. Stop with the fake concerns of blk ppl. We don’t need that fake prez to show his fake interest in blk history. He’s a hate monger, he’s divisive. He’s not trying to bring this country together, bc he can care less if this country comes together. That fool will not last a year. Ppl are already concern about his mental health. HES NUTS!!!!!!!!!!

    • “Fake black folk?” You mean black people who don’t buy into the democrat lies about how much they love black people. You mean black people who escaped from the plantation and became free thinkers. You mean black people who don’t believe the pandering that goes on every four years.

      • samgirl66 on said:

        Where have you heard anyone say the Democrats love black people. One thing I do know is that the current Republican party don’t care about us and has not hid the fact. It’s always some silly irrelevant, ignorant waste of good oxygen like you that let the world know why some of us are still at the bottom looking up.

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