Today's lesson, Racism. If you see something written here that you’ve said or done, use it as an opportunity. Take it as a wake up call and make the decision to grow, change and be conscious of your own privilege. Remember, I am not a speaker for the entirety of a people.
There are less than nine days left of January. You know what that means! Racists are about to come out of the woodwork! It’s almost Black History Month. The time of year when ever black person (or any person of color for that matter) get’s asked “Why isn’t there a white history month?”
This is a different kind of privilege. This is the time of year when we get to see a rare White Privilege that we normally don’t get to see. It’s like a butterfly. A giant hate fueled, racist butterfly.
Not unlike my musings on the oddity that is the anger over Martin Luther King Jr Day, Black History Month pretty much causes the same amount of confusion. How is a racist person’s life affected by the term Black History Month? I mean, in most places that is all that it is, a term. It’s ornamental.
Sure, some schools in some location will talk about MLK, Frederick Douglass or Rosa Parks. Some student somewhere will learn all about George Washington Carver and his magical Peanut. You’ll see a few Coke ads talking about black history. The end. No really, THE END.
When I was in high school and I transferred to the all white area, not only was Black History Month not a reason to teach anything about black history, it wasn’t even acknowledge. I remember asking one of my friends what they did in that school for Black History Month and she asked what it was. She’d never heard of it.
Still, when I went to the more racially mixed school, it was the same four or five black people that were talked about. Now that I am out of school, I just see the Coke commercials. That is how I know it’s Black History Month.
Sure I could point out that White history Month is every month, including February but do I really need to?
So…why are the racists always up in arms about it? Well, they’re racist. Because racism is systematic, they get to have no good reason to hate. They get to have no real argument for their anger. They get to be justified with no justification.
Most of you knew all this, I just thought it would be fun to point and laugh at the poor privileged racists that will take pride in thinking they are the very first person to ever say “Why isn’t there a White History Month?”
Oh and before I forget, it’s a leap year so we will all get an extra twenty-four hours of bullshit this year!