It’s that time of year again when the celebratory occasion that is Black History Month is tarnished by calls from closet racists for a so-called “white history month.”
A recent study by Public Policy Polling revealed that it’s none other than citizens who voted for President Donald Trump who are pushing for “equal representation” regarding cultural history months.
Participants of a national survey of registered voters were asked if they had a favorable, or unfavorable view of Black History Month, followed by a question asking if there should be a white history month. In all, 57 percent of respondents favored Black History Month compared to just 18 percent who opposed it.
When the responses were broken down by self-reported 2016 presidential voting, however, a vastly different picture emerged. BHM was viewed favorably 75-10 by Clinton voters but just 38-25 among Trump’s voters, “likely because it exacerbates their economic anxiety,” according to the report. Meanwhile, a large chunk of Trump supporters, 37-35 to be exact, said they felt the need for a white history month. Clinton voters opposed the idea by 8-77.
These findings were echoed in the Twittersphere, where users debated each other over the validity and necessity of a month solely dedicated to white history. Some argued for the need to balance Black History Month with a white history month while others cited the erasure of Black history as means for a month celebrating the contributions of Black people.
— Michael Wayne Phelps (@Kbmyke) February 15, 2018
Why do they need a #WhiteHistoryMonth. The white man history has been embedded in our minds and taught in schools for decades and on a daily basis. The
reason we have black history month is due to a system that did not tell the truth about African-American history.
— Joanne Williams (@Jox64554) February 21, 2018
When can we start having #Whitehistorymonth? We need to be celebrated too! We are all equal, right? 🌈🌅🌈
— PJGirlie (@ThePaulaJones) February 22, 2018
The very people calling for a #whitehistorymonth will be the same demanding it not be taught in schools due to all the rape/murder/genocide caused by white folks. So, I mean, if y’all wanna read your own folks…let’s do this. https://t.co/AybemJKIFV
— David Cisneros (@BrotherBexar) February 20, 2018
what if, every week, we celebrate that genocide or massacre or gruesome murder someone white perpetrated somewhere.
— landsnark. #stillwithher (@conjja) February 22, 2018
#whitehistorymonth already exists. it’s the other 11 months of the year that are spent ignoring Black achievements throughout history and skipping over Africa entirely during history class.
— chic saw Black Panther (@urgenderfluidgf) February 10, 2018
The discussion rages on.