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Do you see Black history month as a Fake History Month?

Some people refer to February's Black history month as Fake History Month. They claim that they refuse to support a racist event which essentially demeans African Americans by subtly implying that they are too bigoted and dumb to relate to any historical event which doesn't involve people with the right skin tone.

Do you see Black history month as a Fake History Month? Do you think that AA's are unable to relate to any historical event which doesnt involve people of their skin color. Lastly should school books be changed to show that AA's accomplishments in history? Or does it matter?

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Asked by 35yoamom at 12:14 PM on Feb. 1, 2011 in

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  • Is CM sending mind altering messages through the internet today?

    Answer by jewjewbee at 12:15 PM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • – collapse
    All other months of the year are White History Months.

    Answer by CraftingMama at 12:16 PM on Feb. 1, 2011 (hidden) + expand

  • I think it's good that attention is paid to black history in America; their specific struggles are a big part of our nations history. It's not fake history - it happened. My children's school books have always included AA accomplishments along with all of the other accomplishments by Americans. I don't understand what needs to be changed?

    Answer by Scuba at 12:18 PM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • Wow Scuba that is awesome!

    Our schools dont really show much about AA acomplishments. Maybe MLK, Rosa Parks and only recently Frederick Douglass. But always President Lincoln!

    Comment by 35yoamom (original poster) at 12:20 PM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • No I don't see it that way. They had to live within and develop their own culture for so long. I do not agree with Sharpton and Jackson and the rest of their cronies including the bulk of the democrat party using them and keeping them suppressed to line their own pockets though.

    Answer by Carpy at 12:23 PM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • I think this is a very important event. This is NOT an United States event. Several countries have this event. It's not just for blacks, but for whites as well.
    It is said that history is written to the advantage of the victor--and this is mostly true.
    Months such as Black History Month or Women's History Month (March) let people know what important contributions were made by extraordinary people made that regular history books rarely touch.
    Did you know that the traffic light was invented by an African Amercan? Did you know that Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor, had so many struggles to obtain her goal? All of these things are very rarely included in the history books they use in schools. It's nice to have the little extras to help keep people--of all cultures--informed.

    Answer by layh41407 at 12:23 PM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • All other months of the year are White History Months.



    African American History Month

    Women's History Month
    Greek American Heritage Month
    Irish American Heritage Month

    Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
    Jewish American Heritage Month

    Caribbean American Heritage Month

    Hispanic Heritage Month

    German American Heritage Month
    Italian American Heritage Month
    Polish American Heritage Month

    American Indian Heritage Month


    Answer by LoriKeet at 12:29 PM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • Answer by LoriKeet 22 minutes ago

    Which raises the question, why is it only February that gets so much media attention?

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:53 PM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • The amount of media attention given to anything depends on the media you give your attention to. I see news coverage of community events related to most of the Heritage months listed by LoriKeet.

    If your choice of media is limited, so too is your view of the world.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:12 PM on Feb. 1, 2011

  • It's one thing to highlight certain people and/or events, but not if facts are omitted or glossed over. Personally I would be happy if history were actually taught in schools again. It hasn't been for a long time, and that lack shows. Otherwise well educated and well spoken people have NO grasp of what has happened in the last 20 years, let alone the last 200 or 2000. They get their history and facts from biased web sites and spout off the most ridiculous things. Kids today (even those in their 20s and 30s) have no idea WHY older Americans complain about losing rights or wanting 'their' country back.

    All cultures are important. All have contributed something or played a pivotal role in history. If you teach that an accomplishment is less important than color or race, you teach bigotry ~ the actual history becomes incidental and unavoidably biased. I think we should try to do better than that.

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 1:18 PM on Feb. 1, 2011

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