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 (B) should be glad that we have it and respect it for what it represents.
It’s not about relegating B 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 toAmerican history, including myself.
I’ve learned some things about Black history in the last few years that have 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:
DR. CONRAD MURRAY
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 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!
BLACK PEOPLE AREN’T THE ONLY MARGINALIZED GROUP WITH A SPECIAL MONTH
Speaking of women, there is also Women’s History Month. Women are also considered a “minority” and treated as second class citizens. Because of this many of our contributions to the world are overlooked as well.
There is also American Indian Heritage Month. All these groups share the fact that they have been oppressed throughout history.
But wait! There’s more! There’s also Hispanic Heritage Month, Asian-Pacific Islander Month, Irish American Heritage Month and many more!
Until we “all just get along” and are treated equally across the board these special months should be recognized, respected, and highly regarded.