Did you catch President 45’s State of the Union address last night? If not, then you must have at least heard about the showing up and showing out of the Congressional Black Caucus during the speech. In solidarity, CBC members showed up in kente cloth, a traditional garment worn by West Africans, specifically Akans and the Kingdom of Ashanti royalty. The CBC did this because of the Cheeto-in-Chief’s recent behind-closed-doors comments about African countries being “sh-tholes,” something the President has denied saying.
While some members donned the cloth as stoles, others chose to wear them as ties, such as Virginia Representative Bobby Scott.
With all of the kente cloth in a sea of boring suits, ties, and dresses, there’s no way Dolt 45 didn’t notice them. If Trump was hopeful that the kente cloth-clad CBC would have at least given him props for the current black unemployment rate, which is the lowest it’s ever been, then he was mistaken.
“Something I am very proud of, African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded. And Hispanic-American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history,” The President said.
Current CBC member, California Senator Kamala Harris was asked on CNN why the Caucus chose to not react.
“Many people, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus were not applauding and probably because we all know that the way he should have made that statement is at the end of that statement, he should have said, ‘Thank you, President Obama,'” She said. “Because truly, what happened is that it was because of the priorities of the previous administration that we saw a five-point drop in unemployment among the black population of the United States, and that trend has continued — but frankly, actually, last year by only one percent.”
The CBC tweeted Harris’ sentiment, mentioning the actual statistics to show how President Obama was actually responsible, not Trump.
Facts and shade all in one response. And throughout the speech, shade from the CBC continued to be on the agenda, whether not standing, not applauding, or looking bored. And of course, Twitter got inspired and ran with it. I have to admit wearing kente cloth while shading someone is a next level of awesome.