Rethinking Black History Month

blackhis4While I understand and appreciate the history and cultural impact (somewhat) of Black History Month (the month of February), as Americans we must and can do better.

Let’s continue to make that noble, and yes, difficult journey, toward that mountain top of the brotherhood of all humanity, where we speak of one people, one family, one race–the race of humanity, created in the image of God.

I continue to work in an environment where I encounter people from all corners of the globe.  As I’ve share on this blog before, many of my closest friends and confidants have been non-blacks.  This was never more true than when I live in California.  We still keep in touch.

It’s time to move forward as a people, as Americans.

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4 Responses to Rethinking Black History Month

  1. David Beirne says:

    I agree . But we also have to make sure our history books don’t overlook the accomplishments of Frederick Douglas, the death of Crispus Attucks. the discoveries of Carver. Their stories all need to be told side by side for the contributions they’ve made.

    • TC says:

      Indeed. On the evangelical side, I’ve noticed some SBC leaders already recognizing the pioneering missionarf efforts of a George Liele.

  2. Theophrastus says:

    TC – It seems you are focused on the word “black” in the phrase “Black History Month,” but I also want to direct your attention to the word “history.”

    I suspect most of us fervently desire a color-blind world, but certainly you must concede that race is an important topic in understanding the history of the United States. I do not know how to discuss the history of the slave trade, or the Civil War and its aftermath, or the Civil Rights movement without also talking about racial issues. I do not know how to discuss Abraham Lincoln or Martin L. King or George Wallace or Frederick Douglass without also talking about racial issues.

    This is true even when we discuss peripheral topics. For example, I do not know how to talk about the history of music in worship in the US without also talking about racial issues.

    In this way, history is very different than, say, mathematics or astronomy or botany.

    • TC says:

      Theo, I understand where you are coming from. But whose history are week talking? Black thinkers continue to speak of the “Black Experience.” This must not be lost upon us as we forge ahead.

      Consider how many times you have referenced “race” in your comment. We must be specific. It’s inescapable.

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