It’s official : I’m over Black History month
Im over black history month, I really am. This coming from an African diaspora of the west indies & major supporter of black culture has got to be shocking but I'll tell you why I fell out of love in three words : Fucking White America. Before I begin I will have you know I am not a racist. Race is an asinine subject considering that we ALL come from one race : the human race no matter how corny it may sound. Whats REALLY important is world history and once distorted the world is left with a completely inaccurate story of how the past shaped the present. This in a nutshell is why the telling of black history is important not only to black people but for us all as a human race. It is just as important as the rich history of Asia, The America's & Europe but unfortunately black history has been distorted & sometimes completely omitted from world history. This trend of omission & neglect of black history continues to this very day and is the very reason why I am completely over it.
As I've gotten older I've started to notice how watered down black history month was becoming and the steep decline in media coverage for a month dedicated to black people. You would think a channel like BET would have our back right ? Wrong. BET is a fucking joke. This is the same channel that thought it was cool to cancel educational & empowering programming like Teen summit and throw the dollars at horrid programming like College Hill & 106 and Park. I couldn't expect those clowns to put out anything educational nor was I surprised. As you channel surf or scroll down the timelines of major media outlets you may see a tweet or two about Martin Luther King and a quick 15 second segment about Rosa Parks. The people the media & educational institutions do choose to tell you about are the "good" negros as I like to call them. These are the black people that do not pose a threat to the White American socio-economic infrastructure comfortably built on the backs of slaves, immigrants and ethnic people abroad. Pretty much those that don't challenge the system outside of sporadic acts of civil disobedience get put on display as the heroes of black history. We are taught through the propagation of an idea through our education system and entertainment industry that the highlight of our history is a tired woman refusing to go to the back of a city bus & a man that had a dream that we can all live comfortably under the mercy of a society built on oppression. As noble as an "I have a dream" speech or Rosa Parks demanding to sit where ever she wants is definitely an act of valor but it is FAR from the highlight of our history. The people white America chooses to speak about are NOT chosen by mistake. No matter the historical evidence they can't even admit that Jesus could not possibly be white as much as they can't admit Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey had the right idea when it came to the socio-economic growth of the black community.
On the flip side there are people who are actively seeking to reach others and inform us about our history no matter the month. There are people of all races and creeds using various mediums from documentaries, blogs to social media to reach those who want the knowledge. What was once hidden in the dark can be easily accessed by those who are ready and willing to learn and believe me there will always be people willing to learn. I wondered why if it is so easy to access these people and this information why is black history month still so bland. This lead me to yet another eye opening issue. It isn’t really the fact that the information isn’t available, the question is do the majority of people WANT to seek the information. The problem is a lot of us don’t care. Quite frankly we could give a fuck about what our ancestors have done to get us to this point. Who cares about that stuff when Basketball Wives comes on at 8pm, Love & Hip Hop at 9 to entertain me when im tired of spending hours laughing at the latest trends on Vine. Race is not a factor when it comes to finding the will to seek & consume information to benefit your self. It is a discipline and the majority of society is not disciplined enough to spend an hour a day learning. They don’t see it as something thats going to add to their lives since they are already comfortable with where they are at. This mentality breeds misinformation especially since the majority of people doesn't care enough to research what is being told to them. As you can see this is very beneficial to those in control of media and education as they can educate or miseducate the masses as they see fit on any subject but in this case the subject is black history.
What I’ve learned to do is to celebrate black history everyday by working towards becoming the new chapter in the book. We have to strive to create new beginnings for our people ; to be this generatons hero’s and role models for the youth coming up behind us. In my case this means that I have to work on my flaws so I can one day become a shining example of black excellence. The goal is to strive to be a mentally,financially and physically adept man and seek out other black men and women who are on the same road or have at least accomplished some of these goals we seek to achieve. I feel like why a lot of us are not interested in Black History month anymore is because people are not giving us many living examples of black people doing it big unless we are talking about a celebrity like Diddy or Rihanna. We need to see more people on a local level that can serve as guides,mentors, big homies, whatever you want to call them they are needed more than ever. Its up to us to teach each other about our history, our story and its up to us to write the new chapter in our history with our combined efforts.