I won’t be making a lot of posts about Black History Month. This may actually be my only one.
It’s just disturbing to see African-Americans say they hate BHM or that they’re tired of it. The purpose of BHM was, and it started out as a week, was to educate African-Americans of their heritage and background and instill pride in who they are. If you feel that you’re “over” Black History Month, so be it. But realize that one can never learn too much about where they come from. And one can never dismiss the contributions of those who came before us.
So what if people show their pride this month and not any other month. Let them do them. To me it’s better that they recognize it at one point in the year than at no point.
Also, I understand that Black History is American History, and there very well should be no need to isolate one month for one particular race. However, given how under-told our story is in history books, there’s nothing wrong with it in my eyes. And it will never go away because it’s become a source of revenue for those that go around speaking about it.
Black History Month was started by a black man, Carter G. Woodson, who knew a GREAT deal about black history. He wanted to make sure that we never forgot the history of our ancestors, and for that reason alone BHM means something to me. If you’re too good for our history, then so be it. If you feel as if you know everything that there is to know about Black History, then hey, you have the right to complain. If not, then leave alone the people who want to feel proud about those that came before us and paved the way.
"If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated." - Carter G. Woodson