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5 thoughts on “Watch This Filmmaker Make a Stunning Case For Why One Month For Black History is Actually Marginalizing Our History

  1. Ben Bennett says:

    I agree with this idea that Black history should not be relegated to one month, after which many people turn off. Companies that produce educational books for school should be required to do the research and include Black history in American history we are a solid part of America's past, and it shouldn't be glossed over as if it doesn't exist.

    I love seeing the pictures and reading about what Blacks did for other Blacks in America, but what about what Blacks did for America? Most Blacks are living a ghost story of their past.

    I believe the "Willie Lynch Letter" should be an integral part of teaching in all schools in America, and that the truth of America's past — regardless of how tragic, or cruel, or uplifting it may be, and that contributions to OUR COUNTRY by Black people should be taught with relevance to America's growth at every opportunity. One month will never be enough.

  2. James Swain says:

    Thanks for this post. I have no problem whatsoever with Black History Month. I think the well meaning detractors in this story assume too much when they assume that what should be isn't already true, that is, Black History is part of American History. And that truism is it no more inconsistent with Black History Month than is focusing on the War of Independence on July 4. There's nothing wrong with focus and context. If we are honest, we would admit that but for Black History Month, Black History would likely be the realm of scholars and the Black intelligentsia. Without saying "whose fault is that?" I'd say be careful what you wish for. Black History Month, for many people, is the open door through which they get a look into a world they would otherwise never be prompted to view. To me, its an opportunity to whet the appetite for more, and over the years, I have seen the messages of Black History Month move way beyond Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver and Martin Luther King Jr. As time has passed, it has become more mainstream and more commercial, but it has also served as a significant temporal forum and platform for much deeper dives into the stories of Black Americans (and as it is celebrated in other countries the diaspora, a similar platform for Blacks everywhere). Thus, while its entirely honest and legitimate to say that Black History should not be relegated to one particular month, its perhaps naïve to think that the narrative would have survived being watered down to an even more simplistic parody if the opportunity for specific scrutiny presented by Black History Month didn't exist.

  3. There's nothing that stops us from celebrating our history 365 days year, every year. The problem is that black familes don't teach themselves or their children Black History. Black History Month is only a starting point.

  4. Gary Gray says:

    not only black families, individuals think the same way.

  5. I was raised with parents that taught me my history from day 1. I hate it that blacks in America believe their history began with slavery. Lol..
    The first people to walk the earth. The original man.
    If I have to watch another slave movie trailer or civil rights pity party film, I'm going to puke.
    Black people are descenedants of kings and queens.. Stop letting white America dictate what and who you are.
    Most importantly, STOP allowing them to dictate what time of the year you should do it!

    I blame these parents for this bullsh*t.

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