It is disappointing watching another Black History
Month end while still being ignored and downplayed
in the greater Euro-American culture.
It is troubling watching another Black History Month
end with most colleges, newspapers, government
figures and civilians ignoring African-American history
month, or relegating it down to something ethnically
Again we choose isolation between histories,
instead of making Black History Month a time to truly
look at history. Again we refused to take this time to
look at who was America, in order to find out who is
America, in order to find out who America will be.
By ignoring Black history we ignore American
history itself. Black history is as much the history of
Euro-America as it is the history of African-America’s
struggle to free, structure, define and create itself in
the American Diaspora.
Black History Month is a mirror in which we are
refusing to look. We don’t want to see the slave
triangle, we don’t want to see slave masters, we don’t
want to see Jim Crow and lynchings running through
our veins, we don’t want to see Malcolm X as a hero,
black panthers as American revolutionaries or Cornel
West as one of the leading intellectuals. We don’t
even want to see people like John Brown and the
abolitionist doing anything necessary to end slavery
as something absolutely positive.
So we have decided instead to hide our heads in
the sand believing that if we don’t see it, its not there.
But it is there whether you look or not.
By us ignoring African-American history we
continue to ignore African-American present. In so
doing we continue to either approve of, or perpetuate
through our ignorance’s the divisions, pains, and
Historic racism that is still creating apartheid in
American schools, prisons, roads, housing,
education, economics, entertainment, national,
international and personal relationships.
African-American history and black reality rests
heavily on our collective and individual souls. We
never healed. The wounds are still open. Companies
and this very government became rich through slave
labor and today sit in plush towers and leather chairs
with corporate accounts while African-Americans-for
example-in Harlem fight to not get arrested, so they
can somehow get pass pre-conceived perceptions of
them and get into college and then after graduation
fight again to work at, let alone own, the companies in
And still just like in the days of slavery we really
appreciate African- Americans who sing or dance or
compete for us, but refuse to let them lead, teach and
spiritually guide us.
We never paid back the debt; and so we still are
building the debt. For instance Stanly Tookie Williams’
execution (and the Governors disgustingly racist
critique of such beautiful people as Angela Davis and
Nelson Mandela in his decision to kill Tookie) is in
direct relation to the ignoring of African-American
history, which is American history unrecognized and
forced to the flipside.
Diversity isn’t all of us learning different histories.
True diversity is all of our perspectives through
history coming together equally to create “the History
As each event this month that recognized and
taught African-American history went unattended,
uncovered, and untaught it formed a magnification
within our smaller school culture of our national
culture. And until history itself can be healed into one
scar, the wound will remain open. And any talk of
diversity will represent the watering down of “respect”
to create an annoyance that we’ll hide within the word “tolerance”.
American history can not be known as long as we
have African-American history relegated into separate but equal times and places as something “for them”
but not us. They are we, we are they.