Before I start saying anything, I want to apologize for being MIA. So, Hello everyone. I hope everyone is enjoying the 2009 so far.
February is known as Black History Month in America. However, I would much rather call it Black Heritage Month. At Life Academy, we have “Advisory Challenges.” Students and teachers make posters and post them around the school asking “Who is this person and what did he or she do?” The challenge for this month is to see which advisory can find out the most information of these people. Upon this challenge, I started to contemplate about Black History Month. After listening to a poem about Black History Month and thinking about this some more, I came to the conclusion that I would rather not call February Black History Month. Here are my reasons/questions that I have:
- Why is February, the shortest month, Black History Month?
- If February is Black History Month, does that mean every other month is white history?
- Is black history not the same thing as American history?
- America is said to be diverse and we are trying to bridge racial gaps. If we are trying to bridge racial gaps, why is there a month for a certain race of people? I know that they’re one of the people that built this country and suffered a lot in America, but what about all the other “minorities” and people that have made changes in America? What about the Native Americans? What about the Asians? What about the Latinos?
- Did you know that March is Women’s History month?
- Did you know that May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage month?
- Did you know that June is Gay Lesbian Pride month?
- Did you know that Hispanic-Latino History month is from September 15-October 15?
- Did you know that October is Disability Employment month?
- Did you know that November is American Indian Heritage month?
The patterns between most of the other months in the year is that they are Heritage months and not History months. Another thing all the other months have in common is that none of them are as big as Black History Month. I believe that we must learn our history to move forward and not make the same mistakes. However, we must learn our history as a whole, not as Black History, Asian, Latino, or Women History but as American History. We cannot expect to learn our history as a whole if we dedicate one month of the year to learn about “one type” of history. If we learned our history, as humans, as a whole, then on months like February, we can have Black Heritage Month, whereas versus learning Black History, we are learning Black Heritage.
That’s all I have to say. I am sorry if I offended anyone.
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Bryant Phan, a student-blogger, is in 10th grade at Life Academy.