Frederick Douglass, public domain
A version of this article ran in February, 2012.
Despite being the self-described “Angriest Black Man in America,” I agree with many whites who argue that Black History Month should be abolished.
But we agree for totally different reasons.
They want it abolished because they’re either, at best, racially insensitive or, at worst, just plain racist. That’s why they take the emotionally based position that Black History Month is nothing more than some reverse racism entitlement nonsense that gives credit to a whiny race of shiftless people who have always received much more than they have ever given to America and the colonies.
Furthermore, they claim, Black History Month is unfair to white ethnics whose ancestors came here through Ellis Island and were subjected to harsh discrimination. But, they contend, instead of complaining, their ancestors simply fought through it, pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps, and in just a few generations became educated, successful, and even prosperous members of society, living the American Dream.
Moreover, they say, they never needed no damn English, Italian, German, Polish, or other history month because their superior actions spoke louder than inferior words. Therefore, they opine, Black History Month should be abolished.
Good conclusion. Bad reasoning.
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