I bet this post won’t receive a lot of hits! That being stated, most of my posts about race generally get read and commented on more than those that are about other topics, such as Zionism and Trump; I wonder why that is? Not that it matters much, I really started this blog – as well as my other 2 on Blogger and Tumblr – for my own sanity. I needed an outlet where I felt that I could speak my mind whilst remaining relatively anonymous, because you surely can’t do so on despicable Facebook and you can’t really do so via Twitter either – White supremacists and others have learnt so at risk of being banned (shocking, since I thought Freedom of Speech was a Constitutional right in America).

According to History.com:

The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.

America having this tradition of a Black History Month every year has sparked continued debate between supporters and opponents. Morgan Freeman and Stacey Dash (no surprise with that chick) are both against it, with Freeman stating: “I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history.” Whites are foes because they claim that having a Black History Month is racist (apparently against Whites). White Americans are very sensitive when they believe that another race is getting special status or privileges they feel are being denied them, though they have been on the receiving end of privileges in this country and others for centuries. 

When I was in High School, a White male student asked a White female teacher why there was a Black History Month. She explained to him that it was because Blacks had done a lot for America yet had never been properly recognized for their achievements, and each February was a way to celebrate the milestones of Black Americans, as well as their contributions to US society. He seemed okay with her explanation though he still felt that the Black astronaut who died when the Challenger exploded was “stupid to go up there.”

Every February since 1976, each US president has assigned the second month of the year as Black History Month even to the point of designating a specific theme. We’ll see what Trump does though I will not hold my breath or surely I’ll expire because that man definitely has no love for Brown people of any religion, race, nationality, gender, or creed. 

Canada also has a Black History Month in February, whilst the UK holds theirs in October.

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