Vivian observes life and culture and offers truthful insights to introduce balance and normalcy to the crazed sectors of society.
How Black History Month Started
The foundation for Black History Month was laid in 1926 when historian Carter Godwin Woodson declared the second week of February to be "Negro History Week." Woodson was a son of former slaves, yet he became the second black man to graduate Harvard with a doctorate.
Woodson would later become known as the "father of black history."
Woodson wanted to rectify the significant lack of representation of blacks in American history among scholars and educational institutions. In 1915, he founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, and its purpose was the "scientific study" of the "neglected aspects of Negro life and history." The organization continues today, under the name Association for the Study of African American Life and History, to promote studying black history as a discipline and to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans.
According to Woodson, the way history was taught did not include the contributions of blacks in the national story. Woodson stated, "If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated."
Woodson intentionally selected the second week of February for the celebration because it encompassed both President Lincoln's and Frederick Douglass' birthdays. Lincoln, of course, was responsible for the Emancipation Proclamation, and Douglass was an abolitionist and former slave.
Some who don't know the historical reason for the February designation assume the shortest month of the year was chosen to slight blacks from a longer celebration, proving people who see "injustice" behind everything are never happy, can't be satisfied, are perpetually offended, and manufacture baseless grievances.
When the U.S. celebrated its bicentennial in 1976, President Gerald Ford decreed Black History Month a national observance.
Good Intentions, Negative Ramifications
Woodson imagined that promoting black history would somehow reduce racism between blacks and whites.
If the contributions of blacks and other people of color could have simply been woven into our national history books, then we could have accomplished the goal of adequately representing a balanced view of American history.
As it stands, Black History Month is a racist celebration. Someone needs to say that out loud.
The definition of racism is the belief that one race is superior to another and has the right to dominate others.
We're supposed to be okay with blacks dominating the entire month of February, as if black historical achievements deserve to be more noticed and showcased than the achievements of any other race. That is the very definition of racism!
If you don't agree, imagine if March were designated White History Month. Retailers, like Target, that have dedicated store space for the sale of black history merchandise, would need to provide displays of white history products too, just to be fair. But what about the Latinos, Asians, Indians, Middle Easterners, and all the other races living in America? Don't they deserve a special month with merchandise glorifying their skin colors?
Let's not stop with White History Month. Let's make sure we have white-only colleges, White Entertainment Television, Music of White Origin (MOWO) awards, Miss White America pageants, white opportunity zones, white scholarship funds, and white affirmative action plans. If we're going to be a nation of social justice warriors, shouldn't whites and other non-blacks experience more of the "inclusion" and "equality" that is allotted to blacks?
Retailers aren't the only ones pandering to Black History Month because schools, churches, libraries, theaters, museums, and Big Tech are also on board. Just check your Avatar on Facebook. You should have one that says "Lift Black Voices." When will Facebook include one that says "Lift White Voices?" Log onto Yahoo, and you will find a "Black History" tab at the top of the screen, a "black privilege" other races don't receive.
Why aren't blacks labeled "black supremacists?"
The irony here is Woodson set out to bring balance to our national, historical narrative, but his work actually tipped the scale in the opposite direction.
Woodson Was Affiliated With The NAACP
Woodson briefly became a member of the NAACP, but he soon left the organization because his ideas were a bit more radical than the conservative chairman, Archibald Grimke, wanted to embrace.
For example, Woodson wanted to obtain an office so blacks in the community would have a place to visit to air their grievances. Such an office would allow the NAACP's influence to extend further into the city. In addition, Woodson wanted to be a canvasser to enlist members, and he welcomed the idea of white businessmen filing lawsuits against him for boycotting their businesses, if they were known to racially discriminate.
Today, you would be hard-pressed to find a more racist organization than the NAACP. Though it was originally founded to spread awareness of the lynching epidemic and later played a significant role in the Civil Rights Movement, the NAACP of today essentially fights racism with more racism.
Black History Month Is Divisive
Black History Month falls under the umbrella of identity politics. In other words, it is an event that is organized based on a perceived oppression resulting from a group's race and skin color.
Identity politics is the ideology of Marxists, communists, socialists, and the Democrat party. While proclaiming to be social justice warriors, identity politics only succeeds in further marginalizing people. Since the Democrat Party is the party behind slavery and Jim Crow Laws, it's no wonder they lead the charge when it comes to exploiting the black community for political gain. Black History Month continues to segregate blacks by relegating them to one month of the year instead of incorporating their achievements in our comprehensive historical dialogue. Elevating the successes of one people group over another, simply because of their skin color, is divisive, but that's the aim of identity politics: separate people by color and then pit them against each other so the elite can garner power while the people fight amongst themselves. It's why Biden said, "You ain't black" if you don't vote for him.
Do racists still exist in America? Of course, but that doesn't make us a racist nation, and racists come in all colors. No one has hurt the black community more than Black Lives Matter (BLM) with their destructive pattern of burning down businesses and communities, autonomous zones, warring against the police who represent law and order, looting, and desecrating our national monuments. If Black History Month represents caring about American history, why would blacks want to destroy historical monuments from the public square and erase our past?
A Unifying Solution
Black History Month was birthed during the Civil Rights era, but it has served its purpose and needs to fade into our history books as a catalyst that incorporated black achievements into our historical narrative.
Not only does America celebrate black leaders from our past, but black contributions are lauded today in all sectors of American society. Blacks are afforded the same opportunities for achievement and success as any other color because accomplishment happens when people work hard and make good choices. Dr. Ben Carson was a poor boy from the ghetto, but he became a world-renowned brain surgeon who served as a presidential cabinet member. Carson's story parallels that of many other leading black voices in our culture. The notion that blacks are still underserved, unrecognized, or underrepresented just doesn't hold true, and many black voices rail against this identity politics, including Candace Owens, Leo Terrell, Larry Elder, and Diamond and Silk.
Our U.S. Constitution guarantees that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Bible tells us we are all made in God's image. The Constitution and the Bible are the ultimate unifiers. Color should not define or separate us from one another in our American family.
Democrat "leadership" continues to race-bait because marginalizing people is what fuels their power. They thrive on victimhood. Democrats aren't interested in unity, only keeping wounds open to prevent healing. We the people need to beat them at their own game.
Legendary actor, Morgan Freeman, knows the solution. Freeman stated in a 2005 interview that Black History Month is "ridiculous," adding, "I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history." Freeman asserted the best way to get rid of racism is to "stop talking about it." He's right.
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Vivian Coblentz (author) on February 09, 2021:
Wow! You sure had a unique encounter with racism! What a traumatic experience for a young boy! Thanks for sharing your story. It's certainly the other side of the coin we never hear talked about.
The Logician on February 09, 2021:
Excellent article Vivian!
Racism is a product of ignorance and the sinful nature of man. It will never be eradicated unless you can eradicate the sinful nature of man.
That can’t even be done on an individual basis through acceptance of Christ because acceptance of Christ gains you forgiveness of sin but does not eradicate a person’s sin nature.
As far as racism in America goes, I know from prison ministry, inmates in prison who have accepted Christ and been reborn will tell you that if racism exists anywhere it is not as rampant as in the black communities.
I am white and when I was in elementary school we had to walk by a black community to walk to school. We would be flanked and harassed by older fellow black students the whole way, threatening us and trying to start fights with us. It was so bad we had to stop walking, and we were children who had no idea what racism was, we just thought they were bullies and the worst of them were girls!
I used to go hunting for frogs and turtles on the other side of the creek that bordered the black neighborhood from our homes and I had to always be watchful because black kids who saw me would cross the train trestle over the creek and throw spears down at me by the creek.
There is no question black racism is a bigger problem today than white racism but the media will never let the truth be known. It’s will never be eradicated because the human heart is wicked, but those who live in glass houses (black racists) should not be throwing stones (at white racists)!