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10 More Black People Donald Trump Might Not Know Are Dead

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Donald Trump had a little Black History Month Breakfast yesterday that included a bunch of Rent-A-Homies since nobody believes Trump knows that many Black people who would willingly be seen on camera with him. Omarosa, notwithstanding. Omarosa sitchoazzdown.

The most puzzling part of the entire non-sensical pseudo speech/rant was that it seems entirely possible that Donald Trump (and subsequently Sean Spicer) doesn’t know that Frederick Douglass is, like, waaaaaay dead. He’s been dead for 122 years now. Trump, on the other hand, was talking about him like he was out here doing the work right now, almost as if he was talking about Ta-Nehisi Coates, or somebody. To wit:

“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, Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice. Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today. Big impact.” (Emphasis mine.)

While I don’t expect that Donald Trump has any idea who or what Frederick Douglass actually was or did – I imagine he finally visited the Blacksonian or went to Douglass’ estate in SE DC and was like, I like this guy – I would expect him to know that he is no longer living. And if he does know, he spoke of him in the most contemporary way possible. Who knows, maybe somebody hologrammed up Freddy boy and had him visit the White House. It’s great that Trump is noticing him now though.

I’m guessing that since Douglass is getting recognized more and more for his vast and significant accomplishments in the Black Lives Matter movement, that other Americans who presumably have no clue who he is will ALSO notice. This is a good thing. Just yesterday I noticed somebody noticing me. And I had to put them on notice that I noticed them noticing me and wanted to let them know that I noticed them too.  The same with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. either, who despite being the only Black person guaranteed to show up in any American history text book, is not somebody that you can know much about unless you come to DC and visit the Blacksonian. He had a big impact, though. Big big.

Well, considering that Trump sounds like he doesn’t know Frederick Douglass is actually dead, I’d imagine that there might be other folks that Darth Cheeto might not know are dead. If I had to guess, here is a list of 10 Black people Trump doesn’t know are dead.

1. Tupac

No bullshit, the hologram game might have confused a significant number of people. I’d bet good money that Tupac has met Donald Trump before, ya know, before he died in 1996, and Trump probably hasn’t thought about him since. Then he saw that hologram shit at Coachella a few years back. I’m just saying, to Trump, he’s probably still alive.

Sidenote: I also might think ‘Pac is still alive.

2. Curtis Mayfield

Curtis Mayfield passed away in 1999. Amazingly, there are still Black people today who have no idea he’s dead. And if Black people still get it wrong, I know Trump don’t know. I’ll bet he reached out to the Mayfield estate to perform during inauguration but the email somehow went to Chrisette Michelle instead. There’s a C and an M so I can see how that could be confusing for the Trump Administration.

3. Whitney Houston

She was, after all, just shouted out in BET’s “The New Edition Story” and we all know Trump was glued to his television watching that.

4. Teddy Pendergrass

See Curtis Mayfield, save for the Chrisette Michelle email.

5. Marvin Gaye

I’ll bet Trump is a Marvin Gaye fan. I’ll also bet that he has no clue Marvin is dead. This will lead to somebody playing the What’s Going On? album for him the eventual determination that it’s protest music against his administration and trying to ban Marvin Gaye to Brick Mansions inside of Detroit, since that’s where Motown is headquartered. (Note: Motown is no longer headquartered in Detroit and hasn’t been since 1972.)

6. Carter G. Woodson

I don’t think that Trump actually reads books. I doubt he’s even read his own biographies. However, I would imagine that a book title like The Miseducation of the Negro would catch his eye and cause him to shout-out Woodson when his education secretary finally gets confirmed as being somebody who is on top of understands what’s really happening in those inner cities that are burning. If this DeVos thing doesn’t work out, look out for the Carter G. Woodson nomination. Woodson died in 1950 in case you weren’t aware.

7. Huey Newton

One thing Trump loves is a good adversary. I’m sure somebody will mention the Black Panthers at some point during his tenure at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, and he’ll ask who founded it and then he will assume that person is still alive and antagonizing him. Huey gone. Our nigga dead since 1989.

8. Langston Hughes

I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump thinks that Langston Hughes owns Busboys & Poets in DC. And I’m not joking.

9. W.E.B. Dubois

He wrote The Souls of Black Folks. I wonder if Trump tried to audiobook that joint to see if he could bring him in to lead the Black Folks Initiative at the Department of the Interior because souls are inside your body.  Did y’all know he died in 1963? That seems so recent.

10. Sojourner Truth

Ten bucks says he thinks she was at the Woman’s March and will reach out to J. Edgar Hoover to put her on the race agitator list.

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  • Other_guy13

    Okay soooo I think Trump Mispoke….IDK what Sean Spicer did… I’m no rocket scientist but when he said the “comments he’s gonna make” he was actually talking about Trump making comments to highlight black history. I need to see the entire clip to be sure.

      • Other_guy13

        Fix yo face….you know i’m right. Trump and his folks just too stupid to grasp the English language. He needs an interpreter at his point. I suggest Alec Baldwin

        • miss t-lee

          We ain’t in the business of saving these folks.
          You know that.

          • Lea Thrace

            dont save em. they dont wanna be saved…

            • miss t-lee

              Never ever, ever.

        • Gibbous

          The interpreters in the foreign press are pulling their hair out because he is basically uninterpretable. “Complete and utter nonsense.” They also struggle with the fact he can’t seem to complete a thought/sentence.

    • panamajackson

      Maybe he mis-spoke. But he opened the door and left the gate opened for the shenanigans. I’m happy to usher them in.

      • Other_guy13

        I agree. His words matter so it’s like anything in this day and age…you leave yourself open…someone gone take a shot. Gots ta be more careful

      • Courtney Wheeler

        I’m actually surprised Don King is still alive.

        • Other_guy13

          You call that living?

          • Courtney Wheeler


      • kingpinenut



      • miss t-lee

        Open the floodgates.

    • His entire life is a misspeak.

      • PhlyyPhree

        Whole. Entire. Thing.

      • Other_guy13

        I see no lies here

    • I think he misspoke too, but it’s just funnier to pretend he didn’t. ? He prob knew the people he was mentioning have passed away but I know he def doesn’t know what they did…except for MLK.

    • Janelle Doe

      Get ready to think that a whole lot more often OG.
      He seems to do it on the regular (if twitter roasts are to be believed)
      Stay tuned for Asian month…
      And the “millions more” comment is an interesting juxtaposition to the inner city comments

      • Other_guy13

        Yea…he just can’t seem to get right. He need someone to translate for him cuz he clearly don’t speak English.

    • You know we speak about this on a daily… Please don’t tell me you’re one of these people who say we need to give him a chance.

      • Other_guy13

        FCUK NO!!!!!! Tear that @$s up every time he mess up. He don’t need a chance….he had too many as is. I’m just saying I see what they were TRYING to say but like anything…a plan is worthless until you properly execute it.

        • It’s sad how fast the media put on the kid gloves. This dude is the President. Make him act like it.

          • Other_guy13

            Right….Hold them feet to fire and let him burn….I was just stating the facts…I enjoy the foolishness.

          • miss t-lee

            Thank you. Between them coddling his azz and the Neo Nazi’s I’ve had enough.

          • Brother Mouzone

            Remember how ridiculous it sounded when Drump said he could shoot someone in the middle of the street and his supporters would still vote for him? I believe him.

    • Sigma_Since 93
    • miss t-lee

      Well the VP’s tweet about Black History can’t be taken as saying the wrong thing.

  • He doesn’t know that Ricky never got to throw that little blue football to his son again, and his mama didn’t have to pay the upholstery man to take all his blood off her couch, cus it was covered in plastic.

    He definitely doesn’t know that James Evans died, because he’s obviously the face of black poverty all throughout Chicago.

    In Trump’s world, Mufasa is still alive and making a BIG, YUGE impact on the animal kingdom. He visited him at Mar-A-Lago last year.

    • Janelle Doe

      He does disagree with what happened to Scar though. Scar showed great promise. Could have held a position in his cabinet. Sad.

      • PhlyyPhree

        Also, when he said “Grab them by the p-ssy” he was really just talking about getting Nairobi and the rest of the pride in line.

      • Because he IS scar. America about to be the Pridelands, sis. Just destitute and rank.

        • Diego Duarte

          I disagree. I used to enjoy the Lion King, but if you watch it critically some details start to emerge:

          – The good lions are blond or white-looking, whereas Scar is orange and has a black mane.

          – The lions are the rulers of the jungle and praised by other animals, to the point ALL of them show up at Pride Rock to see the birth of Simba, despite the fact that most of them are prey to the lions. In a way, this seeks to legitimize the privilege of the lions in detriment of the prey they eat because “Hey, it’s the Circle of Life!”

          – The Hyenas. First off, notice how they are the only ones with Black accents? Secondly, how are the Badlands NOT a blatant analogy to the ghetto? “We don’t rule those parts Simba, you must never go there!”

          – Scar hatches a plan to overthrow Mufasa and recruits the Hyenas, which live in a marginalized area, where there is little to no food. He is specifically made to mirror the promises of a socialist the very moment he says “Follow me and you’ll never go hungry again!”

          – Scar, despite being the viscious murderer that he was, actually INCLUDED the Hyenas in and allowed them to move in to Pride Rock.

          – Meanwhile Simba conveniently becomes a hippie and then is reprimanded by ghost Mufasa for abandoning his heritage and responsibilities (which makes sense because conservatives both believe in an after life and hate hippies)

          – Curiously enough, once Simba beats Scar, ascends to the throne and banishes the Hyena back to the ghet- I’m sorry, the “Badlands”, prosperity returns to pride rock.

          Then again this is my personal point of view and should be taken with a grain of salt.

          • MsSula

            I have a similar read on the Lion King…. but then again, I have always been hotep-adjacent so me no know. Loll.

          • I took a class where we had to analyze the Lion King and a few of these points were discussed. I don’t have an eloquent enough response except to say that he IS Scar because he’s orange. That’s it. LOL

            But this is spot-on!

            • Diego Duarte


              Also, I can’t believe I missed the part with the lionesses hunting whilst the hyenas slept and ate all day long. Basically, they were lazy moochers living off of welfare.

              • We had to do this whole thing comparing the Lion King to Hamlet and I remember mentioning the hyenas and their “black soundingness,” which was met with some jeers in my all-white class. Scar’s black mane stood out to me as the first indicator that he was the “bad” one but I sort of spaced out on a lot of the other social commentary within that movie. Disney is always doing the most.

                • Diego Duarte

                  Jeers? Must be nice to be so priviledged that you can’t notice even the most obvious things on account of having your head so far up your a$$.

                  Yeah, I’ve heard the whole comparison with Hamlet before, but I didn’t notice all the other socio-political fluff until I watched the movie again in my 20s.

                  • I went to an all-girl Catholic high school where a lot of the young women came from privileged families. Being one of the few black girls in my class (we were like 40 out of 240), I was even more outnumbered in honors classes, so it was literally only my brown face in AP English when we read Hamlet. I always had the side-eye for the reading selections – nothing but Chaucer and old American white men. It was an experience to say the least

                    • mr. steal your costco samples

                      I kind of like Chaucer.

                    • He wasn’t bad, but there are thousands of writers in history. The literary canon was and is so white white white white white

                    • “M”

                      Eeezackly. Like Langston and Claude McKay and Isabel Allende never wrote anything.

                    • cakes_and_pies

                      I went to a public school and was maybe 1 of 5 Black people in my class. Our English teacher was an old Jewish lady who only taught racially diverse books when she could. I’ll never forget all of the White kids being straight up confused when we read “Their Eyes were Watching God” and “Beloved.”

                    • “M”

                      They need to put some August Wilson on their reading list.

                      You’re an alum. You can tell ’em now that Denzel and Viola said so.

                • “M”

                  Lawd, wypipo.

                  Whoopi voiced the lead hyena and Cheech Marin voiced Ed. I’m not sure as far as blackness (POC-ness?) goes, it gets any harder than that.

                  (I’ve always taken pleasure, however, in the fact that JEJ voiced not only Mufasa, but also Darth Vader, who Bannon is trying to be – and I’m like “You CAN’T tho, hon – Darth Vader is BLACK.”)

                • Mochasister

                  Of course your white classmates jeered. Funny how white folks never “see” any of the racist undertones to the things they do or say. We’re just being too “sensitive.”

          • HouseSublime

            I remember watching Lion King with my dad in maybe 95-96 and he asked me “Why do think Scar is the bad lion?”. My 9 year old self replies “because his mane is dark/black?”

            We had a 10-15 min conversation about why seeing black = bad isn’t something that is true. Pops died in 98 but that conversation has stuck with me to this day.

            Don’t know if it was some nefarious plan by Disney to have subliminal messages but people definitely have peeped it.

            • Diego Duarte

              Art imitates life. Wasn’t the Crime Bill passed in 1996? Also, the time the world shifted to adopt more neoliberal policies such as the Washington Consensus. Personally I feel the writer deliberately inspired himself in the economic situation of the era to make a not-to-subtle critique of socialists and “lazy minorities” in general.

          • BrothasKeeper

            Dammit, why you gotta politicize my childhood?

            (I was 20 when the movie came out. Please disregard.)

            • Diego Duarte

              Because “El Diego” was made to ruin everything.

      • TheUnsungStoryteller

        Scar is his kind of guy. He walks like he owns the place. So much promise.

  • I’d like to add more people to this list…

    !. Aaliyah
    2. Grand Master J
    3. Junior Seau
    4. Pat Tillman
    5. Natalie Cole,
    6. Prince

    I could go on & on. But I am pretty sure, he will speak on a “live one” and say they’re dead. At the rate the presidency is being reckless, i wouldn’t put it past him.

    • Probably thinks Abe Lincoln survived that shot to the head.

      “He’s out there fighting vampires… keeping us safe….”

      • Yooooooo and that JFK situation was just a bunch of #AlternativeFacts

        • “JFK and Elvis Presley yugely sacrificed their public lives to help us defeat the Russians something that Cowardly Obama and Crooked Hilary would do.”

      • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

        Not vampires. I’m kilt.

  • Courtney Wheeler

    I think he confused Frederick with this guy.

    • Lea Thrace

      man this show was just all around fantastic.

      adding it to my re-re-re-watch list asaptually

  • Lara

    Donald Trump is not a reader. He is one of those people who prefers to go out and live life, rather than stay home reading a book.

    • NonyaB?

      @panamajackson:disqus Troll cleanup on aisle 3, PanaMayne! Litter cleanup also required on aisle 5 of yesterday’s 10 Possible Places post due to same.

      • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

        Oh shid, I thought she was being sarcastic.

        • Right….

        • NonyaB?

          Nope. You’d think Sh*tler and Omarosa could afford better trolls, though.

          • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

            The funny thing is if it isn’t sarcasm, it’s the dumbest shid you could ever say or think.

            • NonyaB?

              The tone deafness does lead one to think that Cheech was right in noting that this one was assigned from the Russian troll farm.

  • PhlyyPhree

    Donald Trump has explicitly said that he doesn’t read books. Like, he’s mad because the presidency is cutting down on his evening tv time.


    So there’s a good chance that if they weren’t eulogized on twitter, he thnks ALL “The Blacks” are still alive. Just saying.

    • miss t-lee

      “Like, he’s mad because the presidency is cutting down on his evening tv time.”

      This is what happens when you think being president is gonna be an easy part time job.

      • PhlyyPhree

        I know it looked easy when the Black Guy was doing it, but it don’t work that way for you Toupee Fiasco

        • miss t-lee

          Listen…thought it was gonna be all sunshine and roses.

        • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

          It didn’t look that easy. Honolulu Slim aged about 15 years during his 8 years as President.

          • PhlyyPhree

            Well, you know that’s only abnormal looking to us. Wheat folk never age well so they thought that’s how it was supposed to happen anyway.

            • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

              Very good point

          • And yet the man still manages to light loins of fire. HE FAHN.

          • NonyaB?

            No lie. And people wonder why now that he’s finally on a full vacation, it looks like he’II never come back!

          • Hugh Akston

            As john Stewart said we gonna be the ones getting old not him

            He’s like a little baby the stress gets to you if you hold some sort of responsibility

    • panamajackson

      The tweet at the end of the article just kilt me dead.

      • PhlyyPhree

        Right? Books probably as hollow as his heart. I just laughed and laughed and laughed….To keep from crying of course.

  • miss t-lee

    “I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump thinks that Langston Hughes owns Busboys & Poets in DC”

    I can’t stop laughing.

  • Sigma_Since 93

    Harriet Tubman – Trump is planning to visit her house to commend her for her efforts and congratulate her for being on the $20 bill

    Sitting Bull – Trump is setting up a meeting to get his assistance to get the Native Americans on board with the pipeline

    Selena – Trump was hoping she would come along with the Mexican President to get her support for the wall and to grab her by the p….y in the oval

    • Cheech

      Does anyone really think there are going to be Tubmans now? These clowns are going to roll that back as soon as Mnuchin’s in.

      • There will be. The engravings have already took place, and it would be too much of a pain to swap out.

      • Brother Mouzone

        Sheeeeeeeit..Tubmans? It might be illegal for us to be in POSSESSION of paper money with this fool.

  • Anybody that lived in Chicago…

    • BmoreLikeLA

      that made me laugh out loud for real.

  • Hiding My ?hide yours 2

    God, enough of this trump and his/its incapabilities.

    • kingpinenut

      Ww3 is upon us all

    • Michelle is my First Lady

      Not until 2021.

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