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Posted by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 6:12 PM
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Now's the time to end Black History Month

BY ROCHELLE RILEY • FREE PRESS COLUMNIST • February 1, 2009

I propose that, from this day forward, we stop telling the tale of two Americas and instead document and celebrate the full and storied, multicultural and multidimensional story that is America in all of its colors, geographies and passions, in all of its ups, downs and exhortations.

I propose that, for the first time in American history, this country has reached a point where we are can stop celebrating separately, stop learning separately, stop being American separately. We have reached a point where most Americans want to gain a larger understanding of the people they have not known, customs they have not known, traditions they have not known.

I propose that this month. 142 years after Congress passed the Reconstruction Acts of 1867 that allowed for the Southern states to be re-admitted to the Union, we adopt our own personal reconstruction goals to admit into our lives people who are different, people whose origins differ from ours, people who can teach us so much if we listen.

I propose that this month we become not the America of Rush Limbaugh or the America of Al Franken, but to become an America where all opinions matter and hope trumps hate.

I propose that this February, we become not an America of black or white or Hispanic or Asian but an America of black and white and Hispanic and Asian, an America where each of those heritages is a mandatory part of school curriculums.

We don't need more amendments to the U.S. Constitution; we need more amendments to our own personal behaviors, beginning with changing how we treat each other.

We cannot complain about how those outside America treat us if we treat each other worse.

So this Black History Month, 139 years after Congress granted black men the right to vote, 89 years after Congress granted women the right to vote, we can vote to no longer be a fragmented nation.

This black history month we can do more than imagined to honor Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the son of former slaves, who is credited with founding Black History Month.

We can do what he wanted and accept American history is the history of
all Americans.

We can appreciate that, in response to history textbooks ignoring the story of black Americans, he established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, created the association's Journal of Negro History and founded Negro History Week.

That was 83 years ago, and I applaud Woodson for asserting, in his words, that "the achievements of the Negro properly set forth will crown him as a factor in early human progress and a maker of modern civilization."

It was 33 years ago that Negro History Week became Black History Month.

It is now time that American history be American history every day, that Americans be Americans all the time and that we stop learning and living and celebrating separately.

I propose that we adopt our own rules to usher in a Second Reconstruction, and through our acts, unite a nation that is closer than it has ever been.

Today, in honor of black history, which is American history, I propose that Black History Month be no more.

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AND BEFORE ANYONE ASKS WHY I POSTED THIS, I FOUND THIS TO BE A VERY GOOD ARTICLE, AND I AGREE WITH THE WRITER.

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HaydensMommy007
by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 6:14 PM

I agree



StepmomTwins
by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 6:15 PM

I agree

BEXi
by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Very interesting article, thanks for sharing. :)

akataml
by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 6:24 PM

While i agree all history is important history, i still think that black history month should remain.Noone is more important than the other BUT that being said i think they have endured and triumphed alot and i think it is an important month. 

jenandandrew
by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 6:24 PM

I agree

Elyce225
by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 6:27 PM

I think white people came just as far by not allowing slaving etc to happen anymore...just saying

Quoting akataml:

While i agree all history is important history, i still think that black history month should remain.Noone is more important than the other BUT that being said i think they have endured and triumphed alot and i think it is an important month. 

 

GUNPOWDERnLEAD
by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 6:27 PM

I agree with this. Think about the hardships they went through because our ancestors enslaved them.

Quoting akataml:

While i agree all history is important history, i still think that black history month should remain.Noone is more important than the other BUT that being said i think they have endured and triumphed alot and i think it is an important month. 


akataml
by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Im not fighting anyones opinion, its just how i feel. Just saying

Quoting Elyce225:

I think white people came just as far by not allowing slaving etc to happen anymore...just saying

Quoting akataml:

While i agree all history is important history, i still think that black history month should remain.Noone is more important than the other BUT that being said i think they have endured and triumphed alot and i think it is an important month. 

 


ain-gell72
by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 6:31 PM

and think about how all of that is IN THE PAST! our ancestors, their ancestors, it's all said and done now. time to move on.

Quoting GUNPOWDERnLEAD:

I agree with this. Think about the hardships they went through because our ancestors enslaved them.

Quoting akataml:

While i agree all history is important history, i still think that black history month should remain.Noone is more important than the other BUT that being said i think they have endured and triumphed alot and i think it is an important month. 

 


Elyce225
by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 6:31 PM

Oh no I wasnt saying you are wrong or right, i'm just wondering if we should have a white history month to show how far we came also. "WHITE HISTORY MONTH..WE WERE THE BIGGER PERSON".

Quoting akataml:

Im not fighting anyones opinion, its just how i feel. Just saying

Quoting Elyce225:

I think white people came just as far by not allowing slaving etc to happen anymore...just saying

Quoting akataml:

While i agree all history is important history, i still think that black history month should remain.Noone is more important than the other BUT that being said i think they have endured and triumphed alot and i think it is an important month. 

 



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