It just seems like reverse discrimination to me. If everyone wants to be 'equal', why the double standard? This is not coming from a racist person, either. I'm just curious...I wish we could all just put the past behind us and be equals.
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Sounds good to me Vincent. The important thing is that everyone must do it for it to work. What a wonderful world it would be.
Writing laws, or even visual image indoctrination...is NOT going to stop males from recognizing "their" group. These groups are always -and always will be- race based. Saying things that sound good is one thing. Implementing it is quite another.
Right on Morgan Freeman! We could think of it this way: Children know nothing about division of races until adults teach it to them. If we stop teaching it to them, it will cease to exist.
that was awesome. i love morgan freeman. great actor and person.
Kudos Vincent. The nail gets hit on the head!
Gang and Mob recognition is always attributed to the individual that wishes to discriminate. American Patriots do not use black or white to describe people. American Patriots do not discriminate in any form. REAL AMERICANS
Vincent, I agree! Until we as a society stop pointing out differences, whether in a positive way or not, we will continue to have racism. I also agree with Morgan Freeman, we need to stop talking about it. We are Americans.
So very true Vincent and I could not agree with Morgan more. Hopefully this system of injustice will be done with and more folks educated on just how much African-Americans have contributed to society besides through sports and music.
I agree with S Leretseh. History books rewritten would cause outrage!
I'm really curious in asking all AA; what do you really 'learn' and celebrate in black history month? In Chicago, I see Irish=fest, Swedish-fest, Gernam-American fest and all teach heir heritage; but I've not seen the fruits of Black History.month
So, we should identify the whites that created the underground railroad. Kelton House-authenticated as a stop on the Underground Railroad-oral history of the Kelton and Lawrence families. http://www.keltonhouse.com/ugrrandkh.html
During Black History Month, there is a bit more emphasis on the work, accomplishments and the will power of African Americans despite the odds that were stacked against them.
Good to see a sane person under this question :) I feel the question is a loaded one just meant to cause conflict.
Uninvited and chef, you remind me of my Ida W. Moose https://hubpages.com/politics/whiteheroine whom I love dearly. The partnership and courage of many, many white people have been important throughout the struggle for equal rights
I agree with Uninvited Writer. Thank you for your well-written reply, dashingscorpio!
Great answer dashingscorpio.
I couldn't agree with you more. You summed it up well! My first thought was that that's about the only month in school that I remember learning about African American history. Great answer!
I'm open to hearing what type of activities we should do for white history month.
And the assumption is that the white people made everything therefore it would be wrong for them to celebrate at all? Don 't give that "other eleven months cop- out!
The goal should be to unite the AMERICAN CULTURE - not divide it through race-bating. My ancestors (white, off-white, brown, tan, purple, black, gray, etc.) were and are AMERICAN PATRIOTS first. That provides us with the best culture ever formed.
Dashing, lovely answer! I'm going to be celebrating International Left-Handers' Day next week, August 13. Even belonging to a little sub-group like this satisfies a need we all have for feeling a relationship with people who share our experience.
Thank you chef. You are courageous!
Everyone has the right; agreed. But in these times of racial and ethnic division, I think we really need to pick our celebrations after a lot of thought and CELEBRATE; then teach what we've learned. I'm not denying anyone the right to celebrate.
Citizens should not divide the nation through race-bating. Intelligence is not achieved through negativism, but positive action. We should never applaud those that wish to destroy the nation through such actions. Patriots do not destroy, they build.
History only has color when discussed and provided by racists. American history should not be taught this way because it is then discrimination. If the history books need to be rewritten, then support it rather than race discrimination. REAL AMERICAN
Right Sri! I think there is also a misconception of what happens during Black History Month. I taught a unit on Africans settling in Mexico. 90% of my students are Hispanic. We study fusion of music styles, foods, clothing, etc.
Your first sentence is a thought-provoker, "American history is recognized every day. It is taught in schools...." Are we discussing RACE or country?
We should teach that it was a white Republican President in 1976 that was first ever federal recognition of Black History after signing the bill that provides it. Reagan, another republican signed a bill making it permanent. REAL AMERICANS
This isn't a Republican or Democrat issue; it is a common sense issue that doesn't need to be negotiated. The more that is forced on us, the more human nature resents it and it has the wrong effect.
Teamrn, do you teach elementary school. I'm interested in how you recognize American history every day. Starting middle school, courses are single subject and textbooks are used. Supplemental material can be added but it isn't mandated.
African American people were ignored-THEN, but if they were to make similar contribution NOW, it would not go unrecognized. How long will America be held hostage by white slave owners of yesteryear. Rodney King, "why can't we all just get along?"
The essence of American culture has never been taught in school. US Culture is described as an ethnically and racially diverse country. ethnic group membership does not describe the US culture. White US citizens overlook this racism bias.
Don't like to 'pick' but what make you think that "White US citizens overlook this racism bias."? Quite a generalization, eh? Is there a reason that black america does not teach white america it's culture in or out of the classroom?
I teach in inner city. Kids desperately need to see the efforts and contributions of people that look like them. Would it not be better for one to want to be a surgeon because of Ben Carter than a rapper because of 50 cent?
Patriotic Americans are filled with racial and ethnic awareness. Patriotic Americans do not require recognition by race, sexual orientation, age, or economic status. Patriotic Americans do not promote discrimination. REAL AMERICANS
Is it RACIAL or CULTURAL awareness? We should all know CULTURAL traditions which make up HISTORY. A month seems like amany ethnic festivals;I learn history that I didn't learn in school about that CULTURE
This comment is simply pointing out this country was founded and continues to thrive due to oppression. Those who have been oppressed should be recognized for their contribution to this country what it is today.
I don't think it speaks to oppression at all. How?
Taburkett, do you mind telling us who the "real patriotic Americans" are? Once it is defined, we can probably discuss it more effectively.
"unworthy of inclusion" Liberal hogwash. Blacks were not considered unworthy. Whites wrote THEIR history. Blacks needed to write their history. Two separate and very distinct groups. White supremacy? More liberal hogwash. Blacks were a FREE people
you sound angry and hostile and not open to any view of this topic but your own which seems to be everything is "Liberal Hogwash".
How could enslaved blacks write their own history?
"the contributions of "black" people in the history of America was deemed unworthy of inclusion in " For hundreds of years, that was true, but not anymore.
discrimination in any form should be considered against the law. Patriotic Americans do not need a special interest month declared-they support all citizens regardless of race, sexual orientation, age, or economic status. REAL AMERICANS.
couldnt have said it better
write your politician and demand that they quit distributing discrimination in the form of global special recognition. when an individual places a prefix in front of American, they are discriminating. This should never be permitted in any form.
the only way to be "equal" is for each individual to take responsibility for their personal actions. global display of discrimination in any form is illegal under current law. special recognition is discrimination regardless of intent. REAL AMERICANS
I believe that whatever that heritage is we ought to celebrate not just one month of the year., but year round. Blacks have tremendous cultural significance and history; teach us. Whites the same and we should all be educating each other-NO EXCLUSION
I agree with you mintinfo. I thank cas merchant for providing opportunity for input. I will now unfollow because of racist comments people are to ignorant to realize they are making. Cas thank you for hiding a comment! Great call!
A lot of people non't think logically, they function by idealism. They are quick to hate instead of analizing human nature and the driving forces that compell us to focus on and judge each others differences.
" In reality that means that every culture must fade to a White-Euro-Anglo standard." It doesn't mean that at all. Maybe to you, but I came from a city that celebrated ethnic diversity; but ethnic diversity does not need to mean DIVISIVENESS.
Members of congress saying "happy black history month"? MSM saying the same? Sinister motives at work here. As for learning black history, the INTERNET is loaded with black history. I've spent countless hours learning about BH from this source
S. Leretseh, you make a good point. It's on the Internet. Why isn't it taught in school. Have you read the racist comments under positive articles. GM had to remove comments from Cheerios commercial w/ mixed family.
I am so happy to see that you shared your real life experience of having no black people in school textbooks shared here. You have raised very good points and hopefully have challenged some to think with your questions here as well :)
Thank you Express! It's been a while. I haven't posted for 6 or months.
Youth should learn the contributions the same way my ancestors do, by passing the activities of the great Chiefs/Braves from parent to child. But this would require the parents to be interact with children instead of the biased destruction.
How would AA learn of their culture? Their parents, their schools, churches for starters. Same way everyone else learns. Factual misrepresentations (food stamps myth) won't be dispelled by looking inward); rather by presenting facts OUTWARD..
Taburkett are you Native American? Chiefs/Braves - interesting words. I learned about white leaders and contributors - I suppose your ancestors. I've learned more about Native Americans by teaching past the 10 years than all 62 years of my life.
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It challenges stereotypes associated with African Americans, among other things.
Very well said! I couldn't agree more.
I think the reason it is call "Black" History Month is - not to celebrate race - but deliberately emphasis contributions by African Americans. Same for others. If there were balance in textbooks, there would be no issue... would there?
It is called black history month to placate those who wish to separate themselves from the patriotic group using hypenAmerican. Continual division will destroy the nation because the race baiting will further divide the American society.
Since there is little mention of the contribution of men like Antonio Meucci, in our unbalanced text books, then we ought to have an Italian history month.
There must’ve been some people with green eyes who have done great things and need to be recognized. Should we separate them out and have a green-eyed history month?
Clearly they haven't been recognized in the textbooks.
Missing the point. No one should hv a problem with blacks "paying tribute" to their past. The flagrant - in yor face -double standard. is FORCING the entire country to bear witness to the fact that ONLY blacks are allowed this recognition.
There shouldn't be separate histories they should all be melded into one American history. These special cases are usually only attended by that minority so nobody really learns their contributions except the few who attend the classes.
Yeah, it would be better if everything was already taught in school to everyone. That way, American history would already include black history. Just as we learn about the civil war, we also learn about the buffalo soldiers., and etc.
" Being a minority, it gave me a sense of self -worth that some people could not understand " Interesting. That was a through provoking statement and insight.
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IMHO black history should be learned and celebrated by all and everyone (as much as possible) should learn and celebrate all ethnic history, culture. The appreciation of ALL races that we derive is the only thing that will heal racial divide.
so, acknowledging that we are different somehow because of how we look is what will heal racial divide?
Of course it won't/ But focusing with a spotlight won't help the divide. What will help IMHO is for EVERYONE to be open to learning about different cultures.. Why does the 'Congressional Black Caucus' exist? What do they accomplish by naming the CBC?
I agree. Thats why I'm saying we need to stop acknowledging race. There is nothing wrong with leaning about other cultures in other countries. What we do here though is single out a race in our own culture. why cant we just say these people did this?
One month of recognition is better than no recognition.
... just like sitting on the back of the bus is better than not being allowed on the bus. That may be good enough for you, but it wasn't good enough for most.
I just point out a truth. Personally, I transcended all the nonsense of this world 25 years ago. You can have the whole bus as far as I am concerned.
So are you saying that black people can have the whole year for history? In other words, Black History Month is NOT “ok”?
I'm saying on the highest level of understanding, the past is irrelevant. On an earthy level, if whites celebrate their inventors and achievers, there is nothing wrong with blacks celebrating their inventors. Like award shows. Every race does it.
Black History Month is in the present, not past. Are you saying ‘Blacks can now have the whole bus, but must still segregate history to a certain month’? People celebrate inventors and achievers of people. Does it have to be a black and white thing?
It doesn't have to be a black or a white thing. But since the numbers of white achievers is staggering, the media cannot spotlight everybody. So blacks, latinos, asians and others have to put the light on themselves.
Thanks for your answer to the second question. Do you wish to comment on the first?
@A Little TRUTH...Apparently, you miss the point. You see racism is completely a "white domain" and impossible to be carried out by any other race according to those who write the rules of equality. On that basis, your observation is impossible.
Wayne Brown, I thought this was a question, not a point. But my "observation" agrees with that of Morgan Freeman,s which is getting a lot of attention on the internet (see comment of Vincent Potter above). And how can an observation be impossible?
so very true. the discrimination continues to expand as the racists and bigots spread more division within the nation.
The past was just that : THE PAST. Reliving it seems to accomplish nothing but a greater divide. "COMPONENT?" Who's?
If ONE person even began to organize or express thoughts of a white history month, Al Sharpton and TONS of other folks who feel this must be politically motivated would be crying, "those racists whites!" We need to heal a wound and tearing it open .
I have never been taught "white history". I have learned American History, European History, African History, Canadian History, Russian History, Hawaiian History, Japanese History, WWII History, German History, British History, Egyptian History, etc.
I don't think we should be taught 'white history.' I think we should all be taught history; significant contributions of Asians, Italians, blacks, Swedes. Pointing and focusing out our differences only makes us more segregated.
Your comments are amusing. You already dominate the whole world, what else do you want?
Discrimination is only permitted when it is leveraged by a minority. However, every American is part of a minority when looking at the melting pot that is the USA. That means that each one should be permitted to have a special cultural month.
Sri T, what part of Mr. Brown's statement do find intellectually or factually incorrect? Be specific and give a logic argument against people being able to group together equally, not simple if you are an "approved" minority.
Wayne, don't you think that US citizens MUST say that separate 'black' caucuses and 'white' caucuses ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE? This maddness must stop. Why was Al Sharpton not on top of the white Aussie killed by blacks-because they were bored?
Everybody has equal rights on paper, but women and minorities are not necessarily given the same recognition in schools for their historic contributions. Can you name 20 Native American inventions or 30 inventions by women?
I can actually but how many people can realistically name 30 White inventors? I agree about schools however they should mix those in with the rest instead of making a special month for them.
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We try to bridge racial divide, right? That's out goal. More segregation and fingerprinting, even with good reason,isn't going to be producti; only make the divide bigger.
Sri T, can you name them? If not, then why haven't to educated yourself on a topic you feel is important and shared that information?
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