2008
02.26

So this has been the first February in I don’t know how long where I’ve not been bombarded with Black History Month reminders and such. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that we shouldn’t forget what happened, nor should we overlook the history and culture of anyone… I just don’t believe that Black History Month is what we need, nor does it sit well with me.

First and foremost I want to say that I firmly believe that all ethnicities and cultures should be celebrated. No matter what the color of your skin is, what country your ancestors came from, or what country you currently live in your cultural and familial history is very much a part of what makes you who you are.

Plus history and culture – any culture – is just freaking cool. If people took more time to look into more cultures and trying to understand them instead of just dismissing beliefs of others because of their differences then the world would be a bit better. That’s not my point though, it just needs to be said because what I’m trying to say could be taken the wrong way.

See, slavery in America shouldn’t have happened. Slavery anywhere shouldn’t happen – and it is still a very real problem for people from all ethnic backgrounds. It’s not limited to one race, just like the mistreatment of people in America hasn’t been limited to black slavery (far from it). If one culture is singled out though for something like Black History Month then shouldn’t others be?

I mean what about Native American History Month? Japanese History Month? Even white immigrants were treated poorly and barely above slave status in the 1800s so how about Irish History Month, since the Irish broke their backs along with the Chinese and who knows what other cultures to lay the nation’s railroad systems? That of course calls for a Chinese History Month as well.

In a time when being politically correct seems to be so important, how is it that we still have a Black History Month?

Like I said, it shouldn’t be forgotten. It shouldn’t be dismissed. I’m not trying to take anything away from anyone. This isn’t coming from any sort of racism or anything. I just believe that if you’re going to recognize one you should others as well.

What do you think?

  1. Honestly, I’ve always felt that designating a certain month for a race or heritage is stupid. Fine, February is Black History month. Does that mean we don’t have to respect or acknowledge their history in June?

  2. And if we’re going down that route, what about women’s history month? And for the hell of it, Pagan’s history month? Because the Salem Witch Trials shouldn’t have happened, and innocent people were tortured and killed under the belief that they were practicing “witchcraft.” Discriminating against someone because of their religion (and yes, Paganism is a religion) is just as bad as discriminating because of race.

  3. [quote comment=”20588″]Honestly, I’ve always felt that designating a certain month for a race or heritage is stupid. Fine, February is Black History month. Does that mean we don’t have to respect or acknowledge their history in June?[/quote]
    Exactly.

    [quote comment=”20589″]And if we’re going down that route, what about women’s history month? And for the hell of it, Pagan’s history month? Because the Salem Witch Trials shouldn’t have happened, and innocent people were tortured and killed under the belief that they were practicing “witchcraft.” Discriminating against someone because of their religion (and yes, Paganism is a religion) is just as bad as discriminating because of race.[/quote]
    Mhmm. If you’re going to designate a specific month for one thing then you have to look into opening up months for other things as well. Which needless to say we’d quickly run out of months =p
    Yes though Paganism is a religion. I called myself Pagan ’til deity kept coming up and I had to say FINE I’m an atheist Pagan LOL (go me).

  4. I’m with you, but you knew that already. It’s just not right to have a certain culture have a history month when few others do. Really though, I am quite happy I hardly heard about the black history month this year, I almost forgot it existed. Perhaps we (society) are relaxing on our craziness.