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White History Month: A Fair Alternative to Black History Month or an insult

Updated on February 3, 2014
Black History Month? When's White History Month?
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If there is a Black History Month, shouldn’t there be a white history month? Isn’t it only fair? These are just some of the arguments and suggestions that made by critics claim Black History Month is unfair; and that if there is one month favoring Blacks, shouldn’t there just be a month dedicated to whites. Along the same gist as a “white student union,” opponents of these cite that Black History Month excludes non-Blacks and provide a bias among the races, particularly the white race. Are these assessments true? Is Black History Month fair? Is it outdated? What does or did Black History Month Accomplished?

Confederate Rebel Flag
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Last summer, a small town in North Carolina, Hope Mills, caused quite a stir. This was due to the White History Month parade, some of its residents created and participated in. This parade had a float, with a John Deere tractor a large wagon filled with watermelons with a “watermelons for sale sign”, a “White History Month sign” and a Confederate flag. This of course caused complaints and curiosity. Is this racist? Is this fair?

Even so, Morgan Freeman, a black American actor, is quoted saying, "I don't want a black history month. Black history is American history." Is he far off? Is he right? Wrong? Anyway here are common arguments for and Against Black History Month

Four Arguments Against Black History Month: Argument One: Its unfair and biased

So let me begin with four arguments against Black History Month.

Black History Month opponents is unfair and bias. Why should blacks get a month devoted to their achievements and accomplishments? How are they more exceptional and special then other races? Whites have a lot of achievements and accomplishments too!!! Why can’t they also get a chance and opportunity to celebrate it? If we are all equal then why should there be a Black History Month without a White History Month?


Argument Two: It divides, separates and excludes non blacks

Black History Month divides, separates and excludes non-blacks from blacks. Like Black Student unions, Black History Month, alienates the outside world. Why do blacks choose to exclude themselves from society and not assimilate? They say they want justice, peace and equality but they don’t do it a productive and logical fashion.

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama | Source

Argument Three: Its outdated and not needed anymore

It was cool in the 1920s, 1940s, 1950s, 60s, 70s and up until more recent times but now its 2014. It is not needed anymore. America isn’t a racist, or biased country anymore. Especially with all the technological improvements and societal improvements we have made. Plus our President (Barack Obama) is Black, isn't that enough?

Argument Four: It’s Racist

Dividing things into race, makes it racist. Just like the black student union and affirmative action, Black History month is racist? No one race should have a month of their own? This promotes favoritism and divides people. Its 2014 and we are still talking about and referring to race. Can we get over this and move on? Actually people shouldn't see color anymore. Past race, who sees color anymore?

America is White?
America is White? | Source

Argument One: It balances out “white history”

These are the four arguments for a Black History Month:

Through its origins and history, Black History Month has been a way for blacks to balance out American history and tell their story and how their achievements. A long forgotten, blacked out history of a vibrant race, Black History Month was used a way to cover and fill in the inaccuracies and biases in standard American history. Not only that but Black History Month asks America stop ignoring, to see and acknowledge the history of this important minority group that played and still plays an important part in American History.

Argument Two: It uplifts and empowers blacks, especially in the past

In a time of intense social and political changes, Black History Month is meant to uplift blacks and empower blacks and their new found place and ever changing position in America. The precursor to Black History Month, Negro History Week started at a time when first generations of freed, educated blacks were emerging. This created a lot of lost black people with no sense of history and purpose. By the establishment of Black History Month served to show blacks that they are important, worthy, and filled with rich vibrant history and accomplishments. This gives blacks value, even to this day.

Italian Americans celebrate the month of October known as Italian- American Heritage Month
Italian Americans celebrate the month of October known as Italian- American Heritage Month | Source

Argument Three: It is fair because remember every day is White History Month

Blacks are among the minorities in America and they are already put in a disadvantage position. Especially since the winner gets to write (and tell) history, their stories don’t always get told or the attention that it needs and deserves. For the most part every day is White History. Plus there are more than enough celebration months for whites. October is German-American, Italian-American, and Polish-American Heritage Month. There is also the month of March for Irish-Americans (along with St. Patricks’ Day) and the month of May for Jewish-American Heritage month. Along with that is Columbus Day, and Thanksgiving Day that all celebrate white-American History. Twenty-eight or twenty-nine is nothing compare to all these holidays and heritage months.

Argument Four: Its serves to record and keep with tradition of recording

Black History Month was also meant as a way to keep a tradition and record the unique experiences of blacks in America. As part of the African Diaspora, many black Americans were displaced and don’t know their specific ethnic origins. Black History Month in the vision of Carter G. Woodson, who stated,

"If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated. The American Indian left no continuous record. He did not appreciate the value of tradition; and where is he today? The Hebrew keenly appreciated the value of tradition, as is attested by the Bible itself. In spite of worldwide persecution, therefore, he is a great factor in our civilization,” (Carter G Woodson).

This provided a means to create their own history and traditions and to not let displacement, enslavement or discrimination stop their unique legacy.

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Overall these are both sides of the “White History Month” debate. Where do you fall in all of this? What are your opinions? Let me know by commenting below. Thank You for reading and have a nice Black History Month.

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      Beth Perry 3 years ago from Tennesee

      You've raised some good points. And in this era when the word "racist" is pulled out faster than tissues from a box, you're a brave soul to address this issue.

      Frankly, I'm of the mind that anyone should have the liberty of celebrating their ethnic heritage without fear retaliation, prejudice or the fear of derogatory labeling. This is the very essence of equality.

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      deecoleworld 3 years ago from USA

      meow

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      deecoleworld 3 years ago from USA

      Agreed!! We should be able to celebrate ours and other people's heritage the same!! I would like to see a day when prejudice and racism are all in the past ... wishful or realistic thinking? anyways thanks for reading and commenting :)

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      Credence2 3 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      deecoleworld, I have written a very similar article on this topic. There was a time not so long ago, the early 1960's, when black people were generally invisible in the media and whatever achievements and accomplishments they were responsible for were ignored. Only in the 1970's did a revisionist view of history begin to take hold, not just for blacks but for other groups including women. I remember because I was taking these courses at the University level and they were considered quite radical at the time.

      We should all have the privilege and option of celebrating our heritage whatever that may be. But in this culture, blacks have been marginalized and while conservatives claim we as a group tend to balkanize ourselves, when you are systematically excluded you tend to do that.

      Consequently, I support the idea of a black history month and know that white history (Anglo-Saxon) is already well interwoven in American history from George Washington cutting down the cherry tree, to the exploits of the Wright Brothers, Lindburg. I grew up with those names but what of Booker T. Washington or Countee Cullen?

      Great article, thanks

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      deecoleworld 3 years ago from USA

      Thank You for this comment :) Thanks for reading

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      Jamal 3 years ago from Albuquerque

      This was a great topic. Being that we live in a country that has many states that fly the confederate flag which some people consider the equivalent to the nazi Swaztika there is definitely an educational disconnect. There a few Nazi descendants that are proud of their parents choice of political party yet in our country this seems often to be the opposite. Black History is American History, the Life of George Washington should include the contradictory nature of him fighting for freedom while simultaneously enslaving over two hundred people. A lot of this is not taught in school. It can lead to the devaluation of peoples, unbalanced laws, and the support and justification of immoral acts for example the case of Trayon Martin, or Jordan Davis. Black History month (the shortest month in the calendar) was started by Carter G. Woodson in a way to re-educate and empower a people who were brainwashed and forced to believe they were not equal, good as, worthy enough as their Anglo citizenry. This mentality persists today. There is only one way to reverse societal brainwashing and that is with education. If you are serious about freedom and equality then these issues must be addressed, dealt with, and fixed.

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      deecoleworld 3 years ago from USA

      This is soo true. Thanks for the wonderful insight!! Thanks for reading my hub and giving your opinions. America has a long way to go on this :)

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      William L 2 years ago

      Blog is very well laid out. When people usually make this argument they try to substantiate it with what i like to call white privilege drivel. Black history month was created by the historian Carter G Woodson because of the belief that African Americans place in American history was not well presented or discussed. That argument can be made today. For years history was taught from a Eurocentric prospective. You would spend many classes reading about Europe with the first mention of a black person to be when the slave ships arrived in Africa as if black people were simply sitting on the shores waiting for the white man to bring the Christianity and civilization. Then we came to America where we worked and waited for the white man to set us free and then beg for equal rights Martin Luther King Freederick Douglas Rosa Parks etc etc blah blah. As if those events and people are all there is to the black experience in America. No mention of Mansa Musa, The Tulsa Race Riots, The Haitian Revolution and its impact on African Americans experience. Its just that black history is never well taught and is often pushed to the side when attempting to be taught with mainstream history.

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      deecoleworld 2 years ago from USA

      @william landis" Excellent points! Its quite disrespectful for people to even suggest White History Month! It proves how backwards and insensitive some people are! As I heard before, "Every month is White History Month!!! I find that to be true! Thank You! for commenting

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