Statement on Black History Month 2017
WASHINGTON, DC, February 1, 2017–“The National LGBTQ Task Force salutes Black History Month and the many invaluable contributions Black people have made to every aspect of the life of our nation. We recognize that President Obama’s leadership represented a new era in Black history and that has forever changed the nation’s political landscape. In contrast, President Trump is leading the nation with anti-Black and Brown policies including his threat to send federal law enforcement to Chicago instead of responding to the community’s request for deeper federal investment in policies and programs that would directly lower the city’s homicide rate. To further add insult to injury he has placed Steve Bannon, a person with direct ties to the racist alt-right movement in the White House as one of his chief advisors. The Task Force is committed to resisting these and other oppressive policies with the full force of the entire movement for progressive change,” said Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force.
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