4 Rumors About Black History Month From Snopes' Archives

From a fake KFC tweet to misguided claims about a proclamation by former President Donald Trump, these rumors have lapped the internet in the past.

Published Feb 2, 2023

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The beginning of Black History Month in February often brings a wave of social media posts and news stories about how prominent people, or companies, are marking the annual observance.

As part of Snopes' fact-checking, we examine such messages to determine if, or to what extent, they are rooted in fact, as well as whether they show signs of "virtual signaling" — that is, veiled attempts at self-promotion or marketing.

Below is a sampling of that work from our archives. The rumors range from a fake tweet by KFC with an image of fried chicken casting a shadow in the shape of a Black power fist to misguided claims about a 2017 proclamation by then-President Donald Trump.

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Jessica Lee is Snopes' Senior Assignments Editor with expertise in investigative storytelling, media literacy advocacy and digital audience engagement.

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