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Black History Month is racist and hurts the cause it was created for

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Started: 1/31/2009 Category: Politics
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Voting Period
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averagejoe212

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Black History Month is racist because it singles out a group of people based on race and it also hurts the cause of equal rights by emphasizing the difference instead of praising the people themselves for their accomplishments
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Black History Month is not racist but rather asks us to look into and respect black history. The journey of the civil rights movement and escape out of the bonds of slavery and the struggle of a large section of our population is certainly worthy of some reflection. We aren't being asked to praise all black people or do anything remotely untoward. We are being asked take note of the struggles of African Americans throughout history, and not simply by African Americans. There were a number of white civil rights pioneer and others. It's in February because, in part, that's when Lincoln's Birthday. Black history is a largely overlooked section of American History and we should certainly take note.

Black History is not a nebulous bravo towards black people. History is constructed of the events surrounding people. It was a largely overlooked section of history and overlooking it was largely due to racism.

http://en.wikipedia.org...
I suggest you read up. You could argue that it overwhelmingly descends into hollow ritual and becomes largely pointless, and I'd agree. But, it isn't racist and certainly isn't racist for the reasons you cite. It was created for the cause of making people take note of black history. It does that. The cause it was created for is quite obviously well served. The only way it could hurt the cause is if we stopped paying attention to Black History in February.
Debate Round No. 1
averagejoe212

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The whole premise of "black history" is racist. If for no other reason than there is no Native American history month, who some may argue were treated as badly if not worse than African Americans. Both instances cast very dark shadows of bigotry on the history of our great nation that should never be forgotten. Rather, we should learn from the mistakes made in the past. To say that black history month is overlooked has no basis. The whole month it is the primary focus of nearly every media outlet. Also, if you care to read up on the subject I suggest a more reliable source than Wikipedia. It is important to remember every brave person who fought against tyranny and intolerance. It is vital as a civilization to not only accept, but flat out ignore, the pigments in one's skin and to make judgements based solely on the character and actions of the individual. This is the only thing that matters after all.
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November is National American Indian Heritage Month. Sorry you lose.

We should learn from the mistakes of our past, but when no part of black history was covered at all, it was something that needed attention drawn towards it. Black history wasn't seen as anything at all. It was completely overlooked. To look at a 1950s history book was to look at a very whitewashed form of history going from the revolution to the present day without so much as noting any struggle of a significant section of our population. It is far better now than it was then. We at least note the contributions of African Americans, the abolitionists, the struggles of the civil rights movements. That was the cause Black History Month was created for, and that's the cause that has been overwhelmingly successful.

To say that one can ignore race and make everything perfect is a fine goal for looking forward (even if quite short sighted) but for looking backwards at history and racism you cannot have the anti-slavery movement or the civil rights movement with paying no attention at all to race. Race was the primary reason for the oppression and to understand the oppression you very much do need to understand the reasoning for it.

There are certainly good sources for understanding black history and why the understanding of black history was so overlooked for so long. I brought up Wikipedia because even the most cursory glance renders your claims completely moot. The reason for making Black History Month was that due to racism, black history was not seen as history. It was utterly ignored. Things are certainly better now, but the cause is extremely successful.

Black history month is not racist.
Black history is history.
Black history month serves the cause very well, in that, it does a lot to promote an understanding of black history.
You admit that the media focuses on it. That's the cause. It works.
You can't just suppose prejudice is in the past and must be completely denied. That's naive and rather silly.
Debate Round No. 2
averagejoe212

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Black History Month was created to promote black history, which was, at the time, being completely ignored. It became highly successful. Today it's a little bit rote and unneeded but it is the most successful "month" declaration ever. There's other months declared other things by other people, but they don't tend to be remotely as successful. It isn't racist to point out that people are racist and intentionally or unintentionally leaving out a large section of American History as Black History is American History.

Thank you for reading.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Alex 8 years ago
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I suppose recognizing Mr Martin Luther king Jr's birthday is racist to right, because its recognizing a great man and his accomplishments?

The whole idea is balderdash.
Posted by Alex 8 years ago
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No offense but pro's argument is absurd.

Good job Con
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