Usually I do this around in December. But in honor of Black History Month, I’m scratching my head about the weird and strange mess that I’ve heard, seen and commented on. Oh, yes. It’s go time for the #BHM2016!
Black folks when we see postings like this on social media, do we actually mean it? Be honest! Really, be honest:
They say Black History Month started with slavery. Are they really that correct?
With all the channels on TV, from ABC to the Spice Adult Channels, why many have to hate on BET, and other Black networks in which the Black Community must be informed?
This is real silly, what is the commentary about a White History Month, knowing its all day every day, than Black History, Asian American History, Native American History, Hispanic Heritage, and Islander/Polynesian History months?
You do realize, there are Black Introverted Men and Women right living right now? Not all are loud and/or Extroverted!
You do realize that Carter Woodson’s idea of Black History Month, then Negro History Week was originally started in the coal mines as a thought to record our stories after hearing the Civil War Veterans spoke their commentary? By the way, he was a Sagittarius with a mission.
You do realize that Chess originated in Africa?
You do realize that many in the supporting cast of the movements of civil rights were unsung and black?
Those gadgets we use now, and inventions with components of everyday use; you know were made by Black inventors right?
We say, we need to teach our children more. I agree. But can us grown folks reteach or brush up on Black History before teaching the babies?
That statue on top of the US Capitol in DC, the same DC was partially designed by Benjamin Banneker. You know that was made by a black slave, right?
That White House though: you know it was Black built?
For all those wars though, it was African-Americans served the most right?
All that Rock, Rap, Soul, Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Pop, Punk, Metal, Instrumental, New Age, Blues, House, Folk, Dance moves and vocals were blueprints by black folks right?
When Marian Anderson sung Let Freedom Ring back in her day, it took FDR’s wife Eleanor to make that happen. You know that happened right?
For the Pyramids in Egypt, you know it was built by blacks right?
For all the #BlackFutureMonth recipients: you know who you are. And I’m not trying to hate, but you must realize that without the lessons and struggles of the past, there wouldn’t be a future. Are we on the same page with this?
You know that Black History Month is not all black consciousness, or not all #NewBlackHistory, Black HerStory, or not all #TheNewBlack? (Hint It’s all that with History!)
For all those that must have forgot: you know that Baynard Rustin was Gay and helped the March on Washington with Dr. King?
Speaking of Dr. King: you know he wasn’t just about “I Have A Dream”, right?
One positive note: Black History Month also empowers us to (in a everyday sense) doing #BlackGirlMagic, #BlackMaleBrillance or any Black Girl or Black Boy possible thing to grasp. Has this been done before to remind us?
You SHOULD KNOW: Black History Month is not all separating the human race or enforcing race baiting. Am I right?
You know that Black History Month should be in the curriculum in ALL SCHOOLS on ALL LEVELS, correct?
You better realize that Black folks originated the Human Race factor. Did you know that?
After reading this, many might say, we get it! Do you honestly really?
After reading this: you should realize that black folks are descendants from Kings and Queens. Is that correct?
I know many Americans (particularly white) are going to say, “You are American as me”. But there is that one flavor that black folks bring that are so different of African Descent to never forget. Is that real cooking or what? Its more American than many think!
After reading this scratching blog for #BHM2016: did you learn something about this?
And after reading this: you know you can celebrate Black History Month and Observe Black History at the same darn time, right? Plus also in the next four months you can celebrate Black Music Month like Black History in June? And the same for July when National Black Families Month comes around? Like Black History is more than American History but more really like World History?
And Black Folks: understand while celebrating this occasion, we are the beneficiaries of doing history, learning history, and preparing history. Can we still do this? No more cringing, nor getting all mad about the second month of the year. We are blessed (AND I MEAN BLESSED) to do this. Take part of this. And there are those whom are not here or not around that want us to be blessed in talking about US!
Now since this is the Black History Month version of Scratching my head this whole time, I hate to do it, but it needed to be said and done.