I almost missed Black I History Month…and I don’t mean just blogging, I mean I literally almost forgot that this was Black History Month. And the media didn’t help me out much because they didn’t do much talking about it. I did see a few previews for programming that would air during the month but there wasn’t much hoopla this year about the one month that black people are supposed to be celebrated. It’s almost as if they forgot about us this year; they meaning them and us.
Did Roots come on this month? What about Go Tell it on the Mountain, The Color Purple or Do the Right Thing? I didn’t see any of those movies, neither did I really hear anyone saying “It’s Black History Month!”
Is this the beginning of the end? Is this how Black History Month will gradually be eliminated? Is this phase 1 of no special month for you people? It is scary to think that the one month they did allow us could now be taken away from us. What is even sadder is that we ever bought into the fact that we were given one month out of the year to celebrate being black and WE ACCEPTED IT. Not only did we accept it, we bragged about it, we smiled and jigged and enjoyed it. We loved being given one month to say “Black is Beautiful”. We were so proud to have an entire month to report on and talk about the important black folk who had paved the way so that we could arrive. Our hearts were made glad that we had received the special treatment of an entire month allotted to us to celebrate the successes of black people. After all we have contributed to very much of America’s history. We have invented today’s necessities, broken records, written and sang timeless songs and danced our way into history…just not into history books.
I hate to say it, but I believe that our one month allotted to jig may be being phased out. We may no longer be allowed to rejoice during February. Black History Month may disappear all together. But Oh Lord, how then will our children learn about their forefathers? How will the generations to come be taught about their heritage? How will they know who they are? Black children have not and will not be taught black history in school and at home their parents only celebrate their heritage during Black History Month, so all will be lost.
Black History Month will go away and the babies of future years will only know about Barack Obama and Lebron James. They will think that the Underground Railroad happened waaaaay back in the bible days and that around the 80’s black people arrived and the rest is history.
….maybe Black History Month needs to disappear.
sidenote: Have you seen the artwork above on television before? If so where?