Sunday, February 2, 2014

Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful - Black History Month 2014

It's February again.  Time to have "the talk."

While some will argue that we've come a long way from 1926 when Carter G. Woodson created "Negro History Week," a fraternity in Arizona still found it okay to host Martin Luther King events just last month, which were so offensive in nature, that I won't get into details.  

However, their "celebration" and continued misconceptions, falsehoods, stereotypes and biases (remember Barney's New York?) prove that we're still not where we should be in 2014.

I applaud corporations who still consider African Americans to be a part of the "diversity" category and  even host company-sponsored Black History Month events.  As long as they keep it classy.

And to those who stand around the water cooler and complain that there's no "White History Month," I say "Read your history.  Study the facts.  Take time to learn something you didn't know.  Enjoy the music, literature, dance.  Celebrate the contributions that Black Americans made to this country and the world.  They are many and varied."

Black History is rich, unique, welcoming and fun.

All you nay-sayers, sit back and enjoy the ride.  Lucky for you it's the shortest month of the year.

In the infamous words of the "Godfather of Soul," "Say it loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud!"

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