It is February again. This month is designated “Black History Month”.
There are those who complain that such a designation exists, some who do so quite loudly. I have yet to hear such loud complaints over National Women’s History Month, Older Americans Month, or Unicef Month; all of which exist. I am sure I do not hear complaints about these designations because the general public simply ignores the specially set aside months, much as they could Black History Month.
To those who do complain I could simply advize that they ignore this designation as well, but I will not. This ability to ignore is why we need the special distinction.
But I say we should not ignore Black History Month, but that we, especially the white “we”, should pay special attention.
Because what we perceive, is not always how things really are and how things really are should determine what we should DO.
This is true for so many things, but especially so when it comes to white perceptions of most all things black.
Most all from my generation have been taught, and believe, that racism is wrong. We were taught that thanks to the great Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. the wrongs of Jim Crow were undone and racism was destroyed. It is gone now. Racism is dead. Of course we all have some crazy uncle or cousin who is a little racist, maybe even a lot racist, but he’s crazy so he doesn’t count.
At the same time we are fed modern statistics showing a huge achievement gap between black and white.
Why if racism is dead, do black Americans still lag in education, income, and wealth? The president is black, proving to so many minds that race is no obstacle to achievement, yet the general gap persists. Why is this and how did things get this way?
History holds the answers.
Let’s learn the truth and use it to determine what “We the People” should do next. Let us really dig for the truth, not through TV news or broadcast talking heads, the media is not very good at this game, but maybe read a book or two, talk to some people older than ourselves, whatever it is lets look a little deeper and pay a little more attention.
Because it does matter…
I’m looking at you Ferko String band.