Well, yesterday, February began, marking the beginning of the 43rd annual official “Black History Month” in America.
It also began the the 43rd annual official month where racist White guys complain about there not being a “White History Month.”
I’m reminded of a story that my brother told me years ago. At a job he was working at, during February a White coworker asked him if this was “Black Appreciation Month”. We thought that was hilarious. We were like, yes, everyone, it’s Black Appreciation Month, so make sure you take the time to call up all your favorite Black person, and let them know how much you appreciate them. 🙂
I should also note that, despite what Morgan and that interviewer said, there IS a “Jewish Heritage Month” (MAY), but that’s not the point. I do take issue slightly with Morgan Freeman’s last response, where he said the way to stop racism is “stop talking about it.”
Sure, that sounds nice, but if we could really end racism by just ignoring it, we would have done it centuries ago. But the world just doesn’t work that way, and Freeman should know that. He is the one who took action back in 2008, when he paid for an integrated prom in the city of Charleston, Mississippi, which had been having two separate High School proms, one for White students and one for Black students since the days of Jim Crow. This practice had been continuing all these years, because that was “just the way things are.” Ignoring it didn’t change anything. It took someone, in this case, Morgan Freeman, actually stepping up and saying, hey, it’s 2008, why are y’all still segregating yourselves, to finally change things.
Other than that, I agree with Morgan Freeman. There is no longer a need for a separate month specifically to teach Black history. The accomplishments of Black Americans should not be shunted aside, as if we’re some foreign group. They should be taught alongside the rest of American history, year ’round. This is a point I realized on my own, a few years ago, when I saw a local news report about some Black History Month event at the Elementary school that I’d attended for 1st and 2nd grade. As they interviewed various teachers and students, I couldn’t help but notice that this school, which was majority-Black when I went there, appeared to now be majority-Hispanic. Times change.
I agree with the reasons why Black History Month was first implemented by Black Civil Rights activists, but the need is no longer there. It was a good idea at the time, but that time is passed.
Just my opinion.