President Trump spoke on Tuesday in Jamestown, Virginia, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of American democracy — the year that Virginia, the first English colony, held its first General Assembly of representatives. But this year marks another anniversary: it marks the 400th year the first enslaved Africans were brought to America — specifically to Jamestown. Trump acknowledged how slavery was a “barbaric trade in human lives … we honor every sacred soul.” But my mother’s grandfather was born enslaved in South Carolina, and the President has not spent his time in office honoring our ancestors. He has spent his time insulting us.
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