Earlier this week I wrote a status about being proud of your culture/ethnicity and using that pride as a bridge and not a wall. This thought was spawned from much of my reading, and observations of the way people react not only to Black History Month; but black history in general. It is my belief that there is something imperfect about having a “insert culture” history month in the first place. Is it not true that every man except for Native Americans once wore the title of “immigrant”? What is true is that I’m quite bipolar on the subject. Some days I see little value in Black History Month and on others I’m a raging advocate. Given the fundamental omission of African-American contributions and significance, coupled with the greater lack, or will by the masses to want to attach those contributions to today’s America, are ultimately the causes of my condition.
Much like other institutions bound by race, it is my belief that Black History Month should have been created to one day put itself out of business. However, over 75 years removed from its humble beginnings, we find ourselves in the dead center of blameless celebration.
My only worry is that people of all colors fail to acknowledge the messages and themes coming from these characters and stories. If you dig deep behind these black biographies, you’ll see even bigger moral mountains and messages that can easily be applied and understood by us all.
Today’s Word-for-Word comes from Mr. W.E.B Du Bois. My challenge to anyone who reads the piece is to unlock the greater message that can be applied to us all.
Excerpt from W.E.B Du Bois article “The Talented Tenth” published in The Negro Problem