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Michigan’s 2022 gubernatorial hopeful, Austin Chenge, announced that if elected, he would cancel Black History Month in the state. Instead, he would have “American History Month.”

On Monday, the army veteran tweeted, “I will cancel #BlackHistoryMonth in #Michigan. It’s offensive, unfair, maybe illegal… Americans from all backgrounds deserve a revered history. I’ll declare American History Month,” he added.


Chenge is the first person to challenge the incumbent Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer. In the past, he has called Whitmer a “dictator” on multiple occasions because of her COVID-19 restrictions. Chenge has taken a lot of heat for his “deeply conservative”‘ views as well as his defense of Donald Trump. He has also vowed to cancel the state’s contract with Dominion Voting Systems, the voting machine manufacturer who Donald Trump claimed was behind “stealing” the election from him. He has also come in support of the insurrectionists at last month’s storming of the U.S. Capitol Building.

If elected, he would be Michigan’s first Black governor.