Things You DON’T Say During Black History Month (or ever)

Hi all,

Happy February! As many of you know, in the states this month is Black History Month. I am sharing a post that I do every February because with the world we live in, apparently a lot of people need this reminder. So, here is a (shortened) list of things that I do not want to hear this month.


“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. Slavery only ended 154 years ago. That’s not a long time. Not to mention the fact that racism is still very much a part of our every day lives.

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 1789) 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? All of the death threats against him? The fact that during his term someone actually made it across the White House lawn with weapons before Secret Service got them? Or did you just turn a blind eye to all of that?

All Lives Matter

*long dramatic aggravated 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 the fuck do you think we learn during every month outside of February? Also, if we’re being honest, most 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. Any advancements made by Black people (and many other POC) are either swept under the rug or credited to white people.

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

There may even be more, this is all that I could find. But the point is, if you were actually worried about equality and fairness, then you would have found this information on your own and you would call out anyone who complains about Black History Month. Also, have you ever noticed that the people who say this only say it during the month of February? Interesting, right?

There are many more ignorant comments that could be added to this list, but I’ll stop here for now.


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25 Responses to Things You DON’T Say During Black History Month (or ever)

  1. ashley says:

    The fact that people can be so ignorant to say these things baffles me.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. thingscarlaloves says:

    Reblogged this on Things Carla Loves.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. thebookcorps says:

    This is such a great post Rae! The fact that you even need to explain this stuff is disheartening.

    “Why isn’t there a ‘White History Month?’ That’s not fair.” Well…. because what the fuck do you think we learn during every month outside of February?” — YES!

    Also I can’t believe that Africana studies aren’t permanently part of the curriculum but European studies are?? How can it only be as part of college electives? Although in Aus we barely learn about our First Nations people’s culture and history, so maybe I shouldn’t be too surprised

    💕

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  4. Ariel Lynn says:

    Reblogged this on Writing Radiation and commented:
    As Rae says, there’s so much that she could add to this list. But let’s start with the basics, shall we?

    Liked by 1 person

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  7. Laura Beth says:

    Excellent post. Since you mentioned slavery here, I wanted to get your thoughts on the recent controversy around Blood Heir and its author, Amelie Wen Zhao. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you, Laura Beth!

      So I had to do some research as I wasn’t familiar with Blood Heir. After reading up, I understand why people were upset. Firstly, if the princess is a descendant of slaves but her father is emperor, it very heavily seems like her mother was raped….unless it explains otherwise. That is the most common way that some of royalty would be in that situation.

      Second, there is a history of anti-blackness among Asian communities and I couldn’t find if it said anywhere what the slaves look like but even without that, the character May is essentially her Black token and she dies.

      Even with all of that aside, POC don’t want to be represented as slaves. We’ve seen it enough. It is emotionally tiring to constantly be reminded of oppression in novels. Battling racism in the real world is difficult enough, stop putting it in novels.

      The fact that she halted to book from being published also says a lot. She realized her mistake and I think she was actually sorry (unlike Veronica Roth with Carve the Mark).

      I support the decision not to publish.

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  8. t1kirton says:

    This is a great post! I love how you show people’s ignorance to the problem of racism, I don’t get how people can be so blinkered to the problems facing society in 2019

    I just wrote my first post on racism in America and black lives matter, I’m looking to open peoples eyes to inequality around the world and it would be great if you could give it a read 🙂

    Like

  9. t1kirton says:

    I love this post! the ignorance of people is baffling, especially in such a worrying time with donald trump actively encouraging racism.

    ive just posted a blog about racism and black lives matter that you might be interested in, would be great if you could give it a read, i’m looking at writing articles surrounding topics confronting inequality around the world. once again such a great post, the only way to beat racism and inequality is for me people to confront the issue and talk about it

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