Over time, Black History Month has become progressively less important to me as it has increasingly served as a reminder of how little America appreciates its history where we are concerned.
I mean, come on, it’s the shortest month of the year! But perhaps the most painful thing is the bookending of our history between the beginning of slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation.
Seems the powers that be are happy to keep our minds enslaved by feeding it images of our ancestors shackled, hanging from trees, and mothering white children. Because as Carter G. Woodson, the father of black history month so eloquently stated, “When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions.” So, I stopped buying into the hype years ago.
Trump happened. And he happened to Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became an author, world renowned speaker, and diplomat. In a manner befitting a narcissistic crazy person, Trump proffered his recognition of this American hero as if to add credibility to Douglass’ legacy. As if his legacy needed any help at all. But when you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about, you say things like this:
“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice.”
So, yes, we must take advantage of this time to honor this very important part of American history, even if it has to share the spotlight with valentines and dead presidents. At least, every four years we get an extra day.
I’m Here To Help
After the Trump debacle coupled with a message from a Facebook friend asking “who is Emmett Till?” I decided to take action, albeit small. Below are the daily black history month tweets specifically created to assist the president of the United States and maybe a few of his MAGA-Ites. Black history is American history. Believe that.
Tomorrow, Day 9, we explore the letter ‘I’!
You are most welcome.