For this: it’s once again that my centerpiece is set for Black History Month. No millennials, not black futures month, or a thing being conscious month. Black History Month is back again being 91 years old, and yes there many of us who think we know everything that is Black History. Or do we?
Like many years before, there are spoiler alerts: Stop me if you heard this one:
“I celebrate my people everyday.”
Or: “Every month is Black History Month.”
Or: “Black History Month begins January 1st and ends December 31st”.
Or: “I’m Black Everyday.”
Oh really? Hear me out.
How many of us in the black communities and classrooms, homes and churches and many others (including Social Media) do actually believe that when we say that, it’s almost we’re lying to ourselves?
Think about it. Years back on this blog again, I ask this same question:
What (in the H.E. Double Hockey Sticks) do we do everyday?
We are at work, school, in line to buy that new gadget, that line of weave, that line of new Jordans, that latest new single by J. Cole or a underrated rock band, or the list goes on and on! And the thing is, the age range is not a factor. You mean to tell me we can list all the sports records in Football and how the Atlanta Falcons CHOKED in the 51st SuperBowl(after beating Green Bay Twice), but can’t recite the reasons why black players couldn’t make the roster because of skin color? Or many of us love guns/militarism. Why wasn’t the US Military at the time had black servicemen who did their job for their country, but never got love for the country they served for?
I want to jump back to the quote of “celebrating our people everyday” and such.
If we really celebrate our people everyday, where are those who have NOT BEEN CELEBRATED?! Where are they at? How many of us who bleed that quote of celebrating us everyday never gave the flowers to those whom always been hidden every single time. It’s always the front runners, the lead dogs, those that got the first divas for being out more than those that didn’t get one trophy for the hard work. And they have been grinding! What about those whom you got on your Social Media lists that has all those boat loaded accomplishments that you read about, but have this so-called opinion of them being so radical with actions or whatever and you don’t say nothing to be appreciative? Some of you may know where I’m going with this! But here’s the kicker. Many of us don’t hardly acknowledge it as much, while still being ALIVE!
5 years ago in February, Whitney Houston’s Funeral was taking place. And one of her former Bodyguards said something about giving flowers to those whom are living. That’s real talk. Every black man, and of course every black woman should be given their flowers RIGHT NOW for not only the appreciation of work, or a birthday, an anniversary, or being a good citizen or family member or friend, but still around.
CALLOUT: Especially us Black Males need that too!
Many of us give flowers at a time of funerals. But that person lying in a casket or ashes in urns never got the chance to smell the roses while living. We need to recognize and check ourselves that yes, life is short. Anyone of us could be taken out for selfish or health reasons of anytime. That’s also real talk!
And about the phrase: “I’m black everyday or every month.”
Well duh! Of course many of us in the black community are black everyday! And I hope it’s not a diss towards Black History Month. I’ll admit that yes we got this pride of being a proud black man or a proud black woman. We got pride of recognizing our culture, our objectives, our purpose and our existence. We know.
However: I have to stress this, there are those of us whom are NOT proud of our heritage! Inner hate. Being ashamed. Being disregarded of not acknowledging the thought of having a prideful positive outlook of being black overall. Stop me if you have heard this before.
When black folks say “I’m black everyday”, I say: of course! And I dare say: what else?
- Are you black everyday and helping out your community?
- Are you black everyday and give back to your Alumni?
- Are you black everyday and providing a value of support in your families, churches, fraternities, sororities, neighborhoods, and your place of employment?
- Are you black everyday and giving back overall of the work after you somewhat post on Facebook, and other social media outlet?
- Are you black everyday and not dissing or shaming the culture that many of us made fun of when we were younger?
- Are you black everyday that after you have all those meetings and actually go over and review of what happened and how to make it better for the merrier?
- Are you black everyday (talking to the men) whom don’t do the domestic violence thing, or dissing the health needs, dissing the black women in a ego sense, or financial concerns?
- Are you black everyday, (talking to the women) who don’t diss all black men whom you think that they are dogs, ain’t all that like some thug, not being appreciated or loved, supportive, or not very extroverted like many of you, or who assumes that he has to make the same amount of cash, or whatever like many of you? As well as not dissing your needs of medical or finance?
- Are we black everyday, and not hating on our educational values?
- Are we black everyday and not hating on each other for clothes, money, what you don’t have, when forcing someone to speak, a certain game console, shoes, gadgets, food supply, or anything that is not worthy of being jealous?
- Are we black everyday and fighting against racism, the gangs, prostitution, etc?
- Are we black everyday and do the Christian or religious related thing to things that matter and thinking it straight?
- Are we black everyday and having a goal to have a better value of our history and future?
- Are we black everyday and vote in every Election? Should have thought about that in November.
- Are we black everyday like we supposed to be black everyday ? Just asking.
MASSIVE CALLOUT: We need to be real!
Oh and white folks: look, don’t ask the same tired question about when is a “White History Month” going to happen. Clearly you guys got every month locked in on the freaking calendar. Stop playing with yourselves!
Later on before the month is out, I’ll be doing a review of what was I think stood out in #BHM2017.
But for now: My #BHM2017 centerpiece is displayed on the table while staying in the struggle.