Dear Mr. VP,
You know, it might have been a good idea to tweet about a Black person in your Black History Month post. I understand that the standard historical narrative is that of white savior (Lincoln) who saved all the slaves, but it’s 2017 and maybe we could try to push past that. As such, I’ve compiled a list (ABSOLUTELY NOT EXHAUSTIVE) of African-American and Black people who have made significant contributions to U.S. history. Each is linked to more information because I figured you’re a busy guy and I’d do you a solid. Maybe you could use this list as a starting ground for future tweets?
Nat Turner, Sojourner Truth, Audre Lorde, Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. DuBois, Frederick Douglass (show this one to your boss), Malcolm X, Shirley Chisholm, Jackie Robinson, George Washington Carver, Barack Obama, Venus Williams, Huey Newton, John Lewis, Serena Williams, Arthur Ashe, Coretta Scott King, Crispus Attucks, Langston Hughes, Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jordan, Bessie Smith, Booker T. Washington, Phillis Wheatley, Maya Angelou, Eldridge Cleaver, Alice Walker, Bobby Seale, Scott Joplin, Jack Johnson, Oprah Winfrey, Marcus Garvey, Ralph Bunche, Thurgood Marshall, MLK, Rosa Parks, James Baldwin, Medgar Evers, Muhammad Ali, Janet Mock, Benjamin Banneker, Fannie Lou Hamer, Zora Neal Hurston, bell hooks, Angela Davis…
…shall I go on? And those are just the people off the top of my head. You can do better, sir.