What NOT to say during Black History Month

Hello friends,

It’s February and that means it’s Black History Month here in the states. Here is a (shortened) list of all the things that we do not want to hear this month. If you say any of these things you are a part of a very big problem.

“Why do we still need to talk about slavery?”

Because it’s still relevant. Just because you’re not affected by it doesn’t mean that other people aren’t and it’s not about you.

How could racism still exist when we had a black president?

You mean to tell me that you think racism is nonexistent because for 8 years (only eight years) since the beginning of time we had ONE black president? Did you suddenly forget what those eight years were like and block out all of the times that he was called the n-word or that he and his wife were called apes? Or did you just turn a blind eye to all of that?

All Lives Matter

*sigh* I’m so tired of having to explain this. The statement itself is fine, but you have to understand context and intent vs impact. The problem is that no one starting saying it until Black Lives Matter became a thing. If it’s used as a rebuttal then obviously you don’t really mean that all lives matter because “all” has to include us.

The same goes for “Blue Lives Matter.” Yes, the lives of law enforcement officers absolutely do matter. But you shouldn’t be using that as a rebuttal to Black Lives Matter or as an excuse to justify the death of civilians.

“Why isn’t there a ‘White History Month?’ That’s not fair.”

Well…. because what do you think we learn during every month outside of February? Also, if we’re being honest Black History Month lessons are bullshit. We only learn about slavery and the same four Civil Rights activists. Nothing about accomplishments of inventors, mathematicians, or scientists, etc.

Let’s also take into consideration the fact that we are required to learn about European history through middle and high school, but for anything else (Asian Studies, Africana Studies, Latin American Studies, etc.) they’re only offered as college electives. Maybe a minor if you’re lucky.

However, if you want to celebrate other cultures within their respective months then here you go:

  • Greek American Heritage Month | March
  • Irish American Heritage Month | March
  • Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month | May
  • Jewish American Heritage Month | May
  • Caribbean American Heritage Month | June
  • French American Heritage Month | July
  • Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month | Sept 15- Oct 15
  • German American Heritage Month | Oct
  • Italian Heritage Month | Oct
  • Polish American Heritage Month | Oct
  • American Indian/Alaskan Native Heritage Month | Nov

Surely there are more than this but my point is that if you were actually offended by Black History Month then you would have gone ahead and found this information on your own instead of only caring during the month of February because you all of a sudden feel “excluded.”

I could go on forever but I think you get my point.

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