Samina Ali: Black History Month ... Why It's Important to PreserveRoundup: Talking About History
I agree that Black History is American History, but I don't think Black History hasn't been fully integrated into American History. Even if it was, I still think it's an important tradition. You can't discuss eliminating Blac k History Month without having a discussion on what Black History Month means. Does it mean nothing? Because if it does then lets eliminate it. But that's not the case. It's a celebration of black achievement, a reminder of the civil rights movement, slavery, key black leaders and black professionals that have paved the way for all of us, a way to teach young people more about black history and what it means to be black in America. For anyone to consider eliminating it is forgetting or erasing the past.
Black History is American History (so we don't need Black History Month) is just a weak argument. I didn't see the whole Freeman interview so maybe he had something more substantial to say than that.
Do the same people that think Black History Month is obsolete think Women's History Month is also obsolete? If someone wants to argue that Black History is American History, I think Women's History is also American History so let's get rid of that too! It doesn't make sense to me at all.
I don't know how much black history is incorporated into the American history being taught at elementary, junior high or high schools today but in my experience it wasn't much just a section or two on slavery and the civil rights movement. I hope that's changed. I was shocked over how much black history I didn't know and had to learn in college taking your class and Dr. Chapman's classes. I don't think we've reached this plateau where we no longer need Black History Month because it's all been incorporated into American History. There's so much more I could say or you could say on why Black History Month is necessary. Morgan Freeman certainly has a right to voice his opinion, and he can't be the first black man to make this type of statement, but maybe he should stick to making excellent films and leave the discussion of eliminating great American traditions like Black History Month to people who are more qualified to participate in such discussions.