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Wednesday, 14 October 2009

You’re going to relegate my history to a month? I don’t want a black history month.

Black history month means something to me, but not as much as it should. I can't help but wonder why we have to cram it all into the shortest month of the year instead of celebrate it year-round.


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 What does it mean to you?
I ask this because of course even in today's day and time, black history is still only taught in the month of October and then you only learn about Dr. Luther King, Malcolm X, and Rosa parks


You’re going to relegate my history to a month? I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history…I am going to stop calling you a white man and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.”- Morgan Freeman’’


I dislike how commercialized BHM has become and how certain historical figures have become identical with the celebration to the exclusion of so many other black Americans who have done just as great things on earth as MLK or Rosa Parks.

 I also hate how because of the commercialism, people of all races and backgrounds tend to tune BHM out, or worse, use it as a platform to rant about the absence of "their" month. What's even sadder is that no one really cares to about what BHM means. It goes far beyond voting Barrack Obama into the White House and sadly, most people seem to think that's the end of it all.
 

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