Whenever I hear someone say that there should not be a Black History Month, I get upset. Why? First of all, Black History Month ain’t hurting nobody. What we need to do is get rid of Columbus Day or Thanksgiving! Secondly,  Black Americans don’t have much that we claim as ours in this country, and when Carter G. Woodson conceived Negro History Week in 1925 it was about raising awareness of African American’s contributions to civilization. For that fact alone, we will always need Black History Month. We (Black people) should be glad that we have it and respect it for what it represents.

It’s not about relegating Black history to one month or separating Black history from White history. It’s all history, but not everyone knows everything that we as Black people have contributed to American history, including myself. I’ve learned some things about Black history in the last few years that has given me a huge sense of pride, dignity, and strength. I am constantly learning about many things in life and hope that I will continue to do so until the day I die. I never want my mind to close.

We can talk until the cows come home about how we all need to come together and stop referring to each other as Black, White etc…but that’s a pie in the sky utopia thought. It’s a fantasy. Racism is real, and comes in many forms.

Everyone needs to be aware of Black history. White history is drilled into us all the time and I rarely hear anyone complaining about that; but that’s what we’re used to and we have accepted it. Black history is often left out of textbooks, so this month will most likely be the only month that our children will learn about Black history along with all their peers in the classrooms.

Of course, Black history should be taught and spoken about in the home outside of February. For many Black families it is, but for many it is not. I’ll also go out on a limb and say that White families have the same story, or they don’t discuss Black history at all. If it wasn’t for the month of February, Black people/history would be totally disregarded.

Before I go any further I want to point out some Regrets in Black History:

O.J. SIMPSON

No explanation needed. He has gone from being a sports hero to a common criminal.

TIGER WOODS

Another man who was a sports hero and is now considered one of the biggest whores in the world. His taste in women makes it even worse.

R. KELLY

Not really very important in the grand scheme of Black History, but some black people still love him despite the fact that he was caught on tape having sex with underage girls.

CLARENCE THOMAS

Anyone want a pubic hair in their Coke? He’s ridiculous for so many reasons.

IKE TURNER

He made history while kicking Tina’s ass!

DR. CONRAD MURRAY

Again, not a very important person, but he was responsible for a very important person in Black History, Michael Jackson. Whenever Michael’s death is mentioned, this man’s face will be shown. Not a good look.

Who do you think should be added to the Regrets in Black History list?

I just realized that there are no women listed above. I along with a friend, Lamont Wright, sat up and thought about who in black history we wish we could “give away” and all we came up with were men. Men, please get it together!

Speaking of women, there is also Women’s History Month. Are you men going to complain about that? Do you guys understand that women are also considered a “minority” and many of our contributions to the world are overlooked as well?  Rightfully so, there is also American Indian Heritage Month. All three groups share the fact that they have been oppressed throughout history.

Until we “all just get along” and are treated equally across the board, Black History, Women’s History, and American Indian History months should be recognized, respected, and highly regarded.