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Ivanka Trump faces accusations of hypocrisy over Black History Month tweet

Ivanka Trump. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Ivanka Trump took to Twitter to commemorate Black History Month on Thursday and was confronted by a wave of social media users who accused her of hypocrisy and suggested she pass the message along to her father instead. In her post, Ivanka hailed civil rights luminaries such as Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as “sojourners for freedom,” and wrote that the Trump administration was resolved “to continue to bring greater equality, dignity, and opportunity to all Americans, regardless of race or background.”

In response, some users noted that she had apparently mistaken the word sojourner, which means someone who resides temporarily in a place, with Sojourner Truth, an abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Others also questioned why she appeared to be diminishing the meaning of the tradition by making Black History Month about “all Americans.”

Last week, Ivanka sparked controversy on social media after she edited her Twitter bio to remove any reference to the “education and empowerment of women and girls.” In early January, she also drew similar complaints about hypocrisy after she complimented Oprah’s Golden Globes speech and signaled her support for the Time’s Up movement against sexual assault.

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