State Department Disavows “Inappropriate and Ineffective” Black History Month Tweets Directed at Afghans

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State Department spokesman Ned Price disavowed woke Black History Month tweets by U.S. Charges d’Affaires to Afghanistan Karen Decker aimed at Afghans as “inappropriate and ineffective”. Price said the tweets were not cleared by Washington and had been written by Decker, herself.

Decker deleted some of the tweets early Thursday. With the U.S. Embassy in Kabul closed since the Taliban took over in August 2021 at the behest of the Biden administration, Decker has operated mainly out of Qatar.

Excerpt from the State Department transcript of Wednesday’s briefing:

QUESTION: The U.S. chargé d’affaires for Afghanistan tweeted this morning quote, “Are Afghans familiar with #blackgirlmagic and the movement inspired? Do Afghan girls need a similar movement? What about Afghan women? Teach me, ready to learn.”

Is it appropriate for a U.S. diplomat to ask women and girls who are being systemically denied an education to teach her about a hashtag?
MR PRICE: I became aware of those tweets just before I came down here. Those were tweets that were, as I understand it, drafted by the chargé herself. Those were not tweets that were cleared with the Department of State here in Washington. I will say that there’s[2] sentiments in her tweet thread that one can appreciate. I think the messaging in this context is rather inappropriate and ineffective, and it is not messaging that we would issue from here.

The question was asked by Algemeiner reporter Andrew Bernard:

A sample of the now-deleted tweets that the State Department disavowed:

#BlackHistoryMonth begins tomorrow. I plan to use this platform to showcase the courage and creativity of Black Americans. Welcome input from Afghans – what parallels do you see in your own search for peace, dignity, opportunity and justice?

— Chargé d’Affaires Karen Decker (@USAmbKabul) January 31, 2023


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