Non-White History Optional?

If you live in America, studied in America or vacationed in America you probably know it’s the most hypocritical country of all countries. For instance the saying “home of the brave, land of the free”, implies equality for all. But what it really means free for all but the people of color; enjoy that struggle life.

I appreciate the fact that February is black history month, a month that celebrates the lives, innovation, and contributions of Americans of African decent. What I hate about all of the designated POC months is the contradiction of having the option to learn about people of color on their designated months within the year. For instance Spanish heritage month is in September, Asian-Pacific heritage month is in May; you get where I’m going with this? Why aren’t the people who help make this country a mandatory part of American history?

Why aren’t people of color included in American history? Outside of blacks in reference to slavery and the natives in reference to the massacres of a nation of the people who occupied this land before the Mayflower showed up? (I’m sure American history doesn’t reference that time in history as a massacre it’s probably something way more romanticized in way that makes the natives the enemy and deserving of their ultimate demise).

When I was in grade school I would’ve have loved to learn about the immigration of Asian, Latino, East European, Middle Eastern Americans.  Why is history purposely left out of history? Whites, Blacks and Native Americans aren’t the only contributors to American history; in the case of blacks and Native Americans history only talks of the victimization of both cultures, not the contributions. I learned of the black contributions in history during black history month, it wasn’t a part of the core curriculum in grade school, high school or college. You could study “other” history in certain colleges/universities as electives.

Say word? Learning about anyone or any instance in American history that doesn’t include White people is an elective. WTF

Happy Black History Month…

T

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7 thoughts on “Non-White History Optional?

  1. This is so true. I always remember feeling funny in school when we would only cover the historical contributions of one culture/ethnicity, and even then, only the male contributions. For the most part, I went to predominantly White schools, and Black History Month was always met with an awkward trepidation, and an attitude of “let’s just get this over with”. This reminds me of a particular video game company that decided to make a civil war themed game a few years back… most of their playable characters were white, and all of them were male. When asked why this was the case in an interview, the game developers said that white men were the largest contributors to the war effort, and that minorities and women didn’t really play a part in it at all. I was shocked to read this, because you’d only think that if you’d never actually read about American history.

    1. Just shows you where the mindset really is when it comes to history and culture, white men looking to glorify themselves and give credit to no one else.

      1. Yeah, and it’s such a shame… I’ve talked to people like that in person, and nothing I’ve said could change their minds. If I tried explaining that you can find this information in books, they’ve just responded that the books were full of “anti-white propaganda” or “feminist lies”. Just a few days ago, my husband was telling me about a particular student he has… she’s a bit uncomfortable being in a predominantly non-white school, and she seems to feel that saying white people are better than everyone else is a good way to interact with her classmates. She argued that white people are better because they’re “everywhere” and have “everything”. He ran out of patience/sympathy and straight-up told her that she was wrong/racist.

      2. I think so too. People always say they have “no idea” where that stuff comes from, but it does usually seem to be picked up from the parents. Our dentist said he grew up in the south, and used to go back for summer vacation every year. He said one time, a little kid called him and his family “n-words” while waiting in line for ice cream. He looked right at the parents, and they told him, “Oh, um… we don’t know where he got that from.”

      3. Smh, sure they didn’t know. Hate is taught, period. Kids learn differences because people point them out. They react based on their parents and their teachings. It’s sad.

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