ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Musings of Black History Month (and other things on my mind)

Updated on February 22, 2012

As this year's edition of African American History month is starting to wind down, I can't help but wonder about a few things such as...

Why is the month set aside for celebrating the achievements of Black people of African American descent in this country the shortest month - and even that's an improvement, as it was originally a week before it switched to a month by (I think) the end of the 1960s - I know that lots of folks have asked that question, but it's a legitemate thing to ponder, don't you think?

Why during this month, and any other time that schools focus on blacks in their curriculum, practically the only things that are covered are George Washington Carver and how he did so many things with peanuts, including inventing peanut butter, Harriet Tubman, and Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech, and (nowadays) the fact that our President is of African descent, when there are so many other important topics pertaining to African Americans and how they essentially built this country.

As a matter of fact, why can't every month be not only Black History month, but also Latino History Month, Women's History Month, Asian History Month, Native American History Month, and even Gay History Month; as they are considered (at least by me) to be the U.S's last oppressed minority - same sex marriage wouldn't be an issue if they weren't, as every state would allow folks of the same sex to marry - it would be extremely beneficial to learn about things like the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969 and how the AIDS epidemic came about.

Setting aside different months for these ethnic and gender groups, I feel, lessens them and says that outside of the month set aside for them, they don't really matter too much.

At least, that's how I see it.

One other thing that's been on my mind this month is of a prominent African American that we lost recently, one of the most prominent folks of African descent in the last 30 years: Whitney Houston.

I won't lie: as talented as Whitney and her voice was, I honestly wasn't a fan of her music, not because of any personal animosity towards her, but rather that her brand of pop music just wasn't my cup of tea.

In fact, I remember when "Saving All My Love For You" first came out; I recall liking Sade, a British comtemporary of hers, and her music a lot better - just my personal preference, I guess.

However, that didn't make me feel any less sad upon hearing of her passing, particularly when one considers that although autopsy results are pending and I'm not accusing Whitney of anything, my suspicions are that she accidentally overdosed on prescription drugs.

When it was reported that she was in rehab three times, that particularly turned the light on for me, and led to the opinion that this star performer died of addiction, which is very, very sad - I don't think I'm saying anything that's not obvious when I say that at age 48, she left us far too soon.

I'm saddest of all for Whitney's daughter, Bobbi Kristina, as she is now without a mother and is, by all accounts, struggling with it all, as many of us would be.

Two things come to mind as far as the bottom line here:

1. DON'T EVER, EVER DO DRUGS, NOT EVEN ONCE! PLEASE!!

and...

2. Rest in peace, Whitney. At least two or three billion of your fans will miss you dearly.







Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)