Is it just me, or does Black History Month seem like bullshit? Like something done by white people out of appeasement, rather than sincerity?
Wouldn't it be better to incorporate black history into the 'All White Guys, All The Time' version of history we currently teach? Maybe we could even bother mentioning some Latinos and Asians and women occasionally? Tell the history of HUMANITY, and not just one color of it at a time?
By settling for one month, Black America, you're saying it's okay for the whites to keep the other eleven for themselves. Are you really okay with that? Like, imagine a big fat plantation-owner-type white guy saying, 'We'll give you boys February, but after that it's back to normal! Heh heh!'
Black History Month is the modern day equivalent of the "Coloreds Only" water fountain.
If you wanna be proud that we still keep a vestige of 'separate but equal' around like it's some kinda progress, you go ahead. I'm just sayin', it seems strange to me.
BTW, the title of this journal is a reference to this YouTube video, which I found to be a fascinating object lesson in how we perceive racism. This girl's message is that of true equality, where people are literally not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. And her message is the same as mine: government-sponsored ethnicity-specific 'celebrations' just reinforce the idea that we are different and separate. The thing is, this poor girl phrased everything in the most tooth-grindingly 'sounds racist as fuck' way possible. And of course, a lot of people judged her by what they thought she was saying, instead of her actual message. After all; a young white girl talking about racism? How could she possibly have anything relevant to say! Amirite!? <irony hammer>
Just for future reference: Learn to pay attention to other people's arguments. Even if it's difficult, try. Don't automatically assume the worst possible interpretation. If you have a knee-jerk emotional response to something someone said, and you reply as if that's their actual position, then that's closed-minded ignorance. You come off sounding like an arrogant, condescending fool. (Like this.)