Those are the very words, I said to a friends of mine, who was yelling at me on the phone today. My friend on the other end began laughing. I followed up with “Can I please have my twenty-eight days please sir, thank you”. What started off as a witty joke (If you understand me, my personality, and how I carry myself, the joke is even funnier), gave way to a catalyst of thoughts for me on, well, this whole thing called Black History Month (BHM), and the mentality that follows it.
I’m not here to debate, if we should or shouldn’t have or celebrate BHM, but man BHM, isn’t what it used to be, and not that what is used to be, is really any better than what it is now. BHM has become nearly as commercialized as say, Halloween. People market and buy certain items during the month, special activities and programs are planned and held, TV stations air “special” programming, students do accompanying projects and reports. I mean all we need is for food companies to start making little peanut butter candies of G. Washington Carver, or marshmallow versions of W. E. B. DuBois, and we would have a full month holiday.
Who is BHM for? mean, there has to be an agenda behind BHM, right and well every agenda needs an audience right? Is it intended for students?, for the everyday American?, for Black people?, White people? If it’s intended for someone, then why is it “forcefully” thrusted, on everyone. It’s protmoted like it’s campaign or a platform, but I don’t think it’s quite making it’s point clear. There’s no ambiguity as to WHY we have BHM, but there is not any clarity as to WHO BHM is truly intended for. Personally I think it’s for students, in general. Because educating 45-year Bob on the first Black CEO, isn’t going to be life-altering as say for a 9th grader, who’s self-doubt about life and himself is weighing him down. But i also think, that if BHM, is/was intended for students, then we have a long way to go..
I leave you with the mentality of today’s youth…A high school student, once asked the question “Why isn’t MLK Day in February, with the rest of BHM..