As we CLOSE out Black History Month 2021, we must speak on the LEGACY of RACISM in the UNITED STATES! I came across this ARTICLE that we just have to talk about because it speaks VOLUMES!!!
In 1926, Carter G Woodson started “Negro History Week” to rectify the fact that Black people “were overlooked, ignored, and even suppressed by the writers of history textbooks and the teachers who use them”.
Woodson chose the second week of February because it coincided with the birthdates of President Abraham Lincoln and the slavery abolitionist Frederick Douglass. In 1970, Black educators and students at Kent State University began using the entire month of February to celebrate and recognize Black triumphs and tribulations. US presidents started to formally designate February as Black History Month in 1976. In recent years, other countries including Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Ireland have formally recognized and celebrated the history of the African diaspora.
But the reality this Black History Month is that there are still numerous obstacles to real racial equity.
Republicans in several states recently threatened to remove funding from schools and colleges that teach the 1619 Project, the New York Times’ special project on the history of US slavery. Those Republicans would rather roll back the clock on racial progress than teach our children the truth about the founding – and continued state – of America.
We celebrate Vice-President Kamala Harris, while acknowledging the sacrifices of Shirley Chisholm. We celebrate Amanda Gorman, while acknowledging the legacy of Maya Angelou
We’re seeing an even more troubling trend concerning voting rights. Rather than embracing the fact that more Americans voted in the 2020 presidential election than in any other election in American history, some politicians, like state legislators in Georgia, want to inhibit access to the polls. This is a slap in the face to people such as the late Congressman John Lewis, who was beaten – bloodied but unbowed – by police as he marched for civil rights on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965. It’s also a slap in the face to the many Black people who had cigarettes burned into their skin and coffee poured on their heads as they simply tried to sit in diners and have a pastry. It is equally disrespectful to the Little Rock Nine, who helped integrate schools, and lawyers and activists like Thurgood Marshall and Charles Hamilton Houston, who worked tirelessly in the courts for the cause of desegregation.[Rashawn Ray]
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Black History month CONTINUES every month… it has to it’s AMERICAN HISTORY!