And if you grew up in the American school system looking like me you know that you didn't get enough of your own history to fill your mind.
You just got the highlights.
Slavery, Lincoln, Civil War, Civil Rights and MLK.
All in very small doses, just enough to say "oh....yeah you were apart of this country too...yeah here it is on pages 22-24.".
Who is that supposed to teach?
Let's not kid ourselves history is written by the victors, it's their story, their lives they are documenting.
That's how it's done throughout time.
If you're the loser you are written down as how they see you, a passing note in their lives, and if they feel guilty about their relationship to you then you become a footnote.
That's why I like Black History Month, it is supposed to be the opportunity to learn something you didn't know before and most likely were not going to find out about ever.
So when other black people get indignant about BHM because they feel that their history should be given attention year round instead of a month (which it should) I give them the screw face.
Exactly what part of the year do you get to see, read, hear and feel black history on a national scale?
You have to get on your hands and knees to pray that Hollywood falls asleep and lets a few black cast members get on screen in a movie that doesn't demean somebody, somewhere.
YOU HEAR THAT MORGAN FREEMAN!
Think about that when you're looking for some work old man.
If I have a beef with BHM it's how it is executed.
I am sorry this may offend some but I have had enough of MLK, up to my ears about him.
Same goes for Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, Dubois, and even Obama.
I am done with it.
That's my issue with BHM you get the same cast drilled into your head over and over again.
I want to see something new, people, places, events, we don't get to learn a lot about.
That's what I want to know about BHM and that's what I don't think we get enough of.
Doesn't matter how small or insignificant just something to shake things up.
So I put some info that you may have not known and provided links to some bloggers who did their own thing on something different or provided a different light on the same suspects.
But the question for today is does BHM even matter to you?
Do you feel like you're learning anything?
Is it irrelevant?
From the Haitian Internet.
Ebenezer Bassett, First Haitian Ambassador,
First Black Diplomat In U.S. History
Ebenezer Bassett was the first ever U.S. Ambassador to Haiti and, because there was finally a "Black Republic" to send black Ambassadors to, Ebenezer Bassett became very first Black diplomat in U.S. History.
1-Ebenezer Bassett becomes the First U.S. Ambassador to Haiti.
2-Ebenezer Bassett began service in Haiti 65 years after Haitian independence.
3-Ebenezer Bassett saved the life of Haitian President Boisrond Canal.
Read more here.
Here are some links from other bloggers.
-FROM MY BROWN EYED VIEW
PATTY JO AND GINGER:BY JACKIE ORMES - This is a cartoon by Jackie Ormes.
-Regina's Family Seasons
In Honor of Black History Month #3 W.E.B. DuBois
- Sojourner's Place
ain't i a woman? a sojourner's salute to elizabeth hobbs keckly
Abraham Lincoln: Great man, victim of circumstance or both?