Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Black History Month
Today is the second day of Black History month.
Frankly, as strange as this may sound, I wish we didn't have BHM, but it is needful. For when a people forget who they are, they are not longer a people.
The African American is a huge part of this nation's history. We helped to build this nation, we are americans.
And yet there are people who would sill deny our place in history, in this country. Who would frankly prefer us back in chains, riding the back of the bus and cleaning the Oval office instead of filling its chair.
We have come a long way baby, but we still have a long way to go.
I am not one to blame 'the white man' for everything that is wrong in our community. As Mr.Cosby himself has said, "Come On, People!" Mr. Cosby has spoken truths we have not wished to face, but needed to be said.
My mother, who will be 76 years old in a few weeks always told my sister and I when we were younger:
"there will always be people out there who hate you because you are a child of colour, because of your faith, because you are a girl, bceause of all three. There will be those who think you aren't as smart, clever or skilled. You will have to work twice as hard to be just as good. No, that isn't fair, life isn't fair. But G-d is good and in the end, goodness wins out all the time. Don't allow their hate to keep you down or harden your heart. Don't hate them, pity them. For they know not G-d's love.
"At the same time, do not allow yourself to be used or abused. You are not a doormat. If someone doesn't wish to be your friend, shake the dust off your feet and move on."
Black History Month isn't just for African Americans, but for all Amercicans, for it is our history.