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Odaenathus
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2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM
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Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month, or is it a way to learn about historically crucial people commonly over looked because of their color? What do we think.
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2/14/2014 3:25:27 PM
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At 2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM, Odaenathus wrote:
Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month

I'd argue that it is more disrespectful to focus on the achievements of one specific race as opposed to other ethnicities and minorities. It would be more appropriate to scratch black history month all together and simply focus on human achievements and hardships as a whole.

or is it a way to learn about historically crucial people commonly over looked because of their color?

Perhaps they were overlooked during their time of oppression, but in modern times African American achievements have hardly been looked over, rather they've probably been given more appreciation since for some reason society thinks that it is socially inappropriate to not give specific appreciation to a race America once oppressed.

Also this could probably go into the Society forum.
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2/15/2014 9:08:36 AM
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At 2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM, Odaenathus wrote:
Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month, or is it a way to learn about historically crucial people commonly over looked because of their color? What do we think.

It's only disrespectful if you make it so. Same as the word "nigger". I mean "nigger" is just a word, something inert - it's the connotations that go with it that make it the slur its considered. Black History Month is just that, Black History Month. Who cares?
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2/15/2014 11:16:26 AM
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At 2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM, Odaenathus wrote:
Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month, or is it a way to learn about historically crucial people commonly over looked because of their color? What do we think.

Why is black history necessary more so than asian history, or jewish history, or mexican history?
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2/15/2014 3:28:04 PM
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At 2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM, Odaenathus wrote:
Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month, or is it a way to learn about historically crucial people commonly over looked because of their color? What do we think.

Firstly, respect is subjective, and secondly, I'd argue that a history month should exist if and only if all other races are covered.
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2/16/2014 6:22:15 PM
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Should Black History Month exist? Yes, But American history has to go. Nothing is learned from it except Black history.
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2/17/2014 9:47:16 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM, Odaenathus wrote:
Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month, or is it a way to learn about historically crucial people commonly over looked because of their color? What do we think.

Who's paying for it? In the end, that's what it comes down to. Do you really think those activist leaders would hold rallies if it didn't pay well?
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2/17/2014 11:04:44 PM
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At 2/14/2014 3:25:27 PM, xXCryptoXx wrote:
At 2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM, Odaenathus wrote:
Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month

I'd argue that it is more disrespectful to focus on the achievements of one specific race as opposed to other ethnicities and minorities. It would be more appropriate to scratch black history month all together and simply focus on human achievements and hardships as a whole.

You took the words right out of my mouth.
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2/17/2014 11:05:37 PM
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At 2/15/2014 11:16:26 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM, Odaenathus wrote:
Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month, or is it a way to learn about historically crucial people commonly over looked because of their color? What do we think.

Why is black history necessary more so than asian history, or jewish history, or mexican history?

Because of the unique history of blacks in the US when compared to other groups.
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2/18/2014 7:23:50 AM
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At 2/17/2014 11:05:37 PM, Installgentoo wrote:
At 2/15/2014 11:16:26 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM, Odaenathus wrote:
Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month, or is it a way to learn about historically crucial people commonly over looked because of their color? What do we think.

Why is black history necessary more so than asian history, or jewish history, or mexican history?

Because of the unique history of blacks in the US when compared to other groups.

Blacks aren't the only people who suffered in America. Native Americans probably had it worse than black slaves, I don't hear them crying about oppression as often as I've heard it from black people.
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2/18/2014 9:32:22 PM
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I'm fine with a Black history month.
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2/19/2014 9:11:31 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM, Odaenathus wrote:
Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month, or is it a way to learn about historically crucial people commonly over looked because of their color? What do we think.

I think black history month should go away. America is never going to be able to make up for what they did to black americans. Black history month, to me, seems like an attempt to do that. We should celebrate black history as American history.
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2/19/2014 9:25:16 AM
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At 2/18/2014 7:23:50 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/17/2014 11:05:37 PM, Installgentoo wrote:
At 2/15/2014 11:16:26 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM, Odaenathus wrote:
Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month, or is it a way to learn about historically crucial people commonly over looked because of their color? What do we think.

Why is black history necessary more so than asian history, or jewish history, or mexican history?

Because of the unique history of blacks in the US when compared to other groups.

Blacks aren't the only people who suffered in America. Native Americans probably had it worse than black slaves, I don't hear them crying about oppression as often as I've heard it from black people.

What an insensitive thing to say. "crying about oppression". Wow, is that what you think we are doing? Black people haven't complained about being oppressed since the equal rights movement. But we were certainly oppressed. I can give you specific examples of oppression if you need them. They are pretty gruesome. This ain't about Native Americans. They have their own fight. I understand what you are trying to say, but don't be little what black people went through. It was real, it was significant, and it was a crime against humanity.
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2/19/2014 3:21:57 PM
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At 2/19/2014 9:25:16 AM, Df0512 wrote:
At 2/18/2014 7:23:50 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/17/2014 11:05:37 PM, Installgentoo wrote:
At 2/15/2014 11:16:26 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM, Odaenathus wrote:
Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month, or is it a way to learn about historically crucial people commonly over looked because of their color? What do we think.

Why is black history necessary more so than asian history, or jewish history, or mexican history?

Because of the unique history of blacks in the US when compared to other groups.

Blacks aren't the only people who suffered in America. Native Americans probably had it worse than black slaves, I don't hear them crying about oppression as often as I've heard it from black people.

What an insensitive thing to say. "crying about oppression". Wow, is that what you think we are doing? Black people haven't complained about being oppressed since the equal rights movement. But we were certainly oppressed. I can give you specific examples of oppression if you need them. They are pretty gruesome. This ain't about Native Americans. They have their own fight. I understand what you are trying to say, but don't be little what black people went through. It was real, it was significant, and it was a crime against humanity.

I may be insensitive to the situation, but I wasn't implying that black people weren't oppressed. At most you could say that I am claiming black people are less oppressed than other groups in American society, which I don't think is certainly untrue.
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2/19/2014 4:26:27 PM
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At 2/19/2014 3:21:57 PM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/19/2014 9:25:16 AM, Df0512 wrote:
At 2/18/2014 7:23:50 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/17/2014 11:05:37 PM, Installgentoo wrote:
At 2/15/2014 11:16:26 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM, Odaenathus wrote:
Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month, or is it a way to learn about historically crucial people commonly over looked because of their color? What do we think.

Why is black history necessary more so than asian history, or jewish history, or mexican history?

Because of the unique history of blacks in the US when compared to other groups.

Blacks aren't the only people who suffered in America. Native Americans probably had it worse than black slaves, I don't hear them crying about oppression as often as I've heard it from black people.

What an insensitive thing to say. "crying about oppression". Wow, is that what you think we are doing? Black people haven't complained about being oppressed since the equal rights movement. But we were certainly oppressed. I can give you specific examples of oppression if you need them. They are pretty gruesome. This ain't about Native Americans. They have their own fight. I understand what you are trying to say, but don't be little what black people went through. It was real, it was significant, and it was a crime against humanity.

I may be insensitive to the situation, but I wasn't implying that black people weren't oppressed. At most you could say that I am claiming black people are less oppressed than other groups in American society, which I don't think is certainly untrue.

African Americans are the backbone of US history. What are you talking about? They basically created this nation from the ground up.
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2/19/2014 7:28:01 PM
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At 2/19/2014 3:21:57 PM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/19/2014 9:25:16 AM, Df0512 wrote:
At 2/18/2014 7:23:50 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/17/2014 11:05:37 PM, Installgentoo wrote:
At 2/15/2014 11:16:26 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM, Odaenathus wrote:
Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month, or is it a way to learn about historically crucial people commonly over looked because of their color? What do we think.

Why is black history necessary more so than asian history, or jewish history, or mexican history?

Because of the unique history of blacks in the US when compared to other groups.

Blacks aren't the only people who suffered in America. Native Americans probably had it worse than black slaves, I don't hear them crying about oppression as often as I've heard it from black people.

What an insensitive thing to say. "crying about oppression". Wow, is that what you think we are doing? Black people haven't complained about being oppressed since the equal rights movement. But we were certainly oppressed. I can give you specific examples of oppression if you need them. They are pretty gruesome. This ain't about Native Americans. They have their own fight. I understand what you are trying to say, but don't be little what black people went through. It was real, it was significant, and it was a crime against humanity.

I may be insensitive to the situation, but I wasn't implying that black people weren't oppressed. At most you could say that I am claiming black people are less oppressed than other groups in American society, which I don't think is certainly untrue.

Well I'd say so. But I don't think it's about who was more oppressed than others either. Any oppression is bad oppression. So who got it worse is meaningless. Black american got it and we got it bad. My main concern was you saying we're "crying about oppression" as if black people were not oppressed. It just doesn't seem like you appreciate what happened the way I might. But you already admitted to being insensitive to the situation, so I guess I can't expect anything more.
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2/20/2014 10:25:41 AM
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At 2/19/2014 4:26:27 PM, ben2974 wrote:
At 2/19/2014 3:21:57 PM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/19/2014 9:25:16 AM, Df0512 wrote:
At 2/18/2014 7:23:50 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/17/2014 11:05:37 PM, Installgentoo wrote:
At 2/15/2014 11:16:26 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM, Odaenathus wrote:
Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month, or is it a way to learn about historically crucial people commonly over looked because of their color? What do we think.

Why is black history necessary more so than asian history, or jewish history, or mexican history?

Because of the unique history of blacks in the US when compared to other groups.

Blacks aren't the only people who suffered in America. Native Americans probably had it worse than black slaves, I don't hear them crying about oppression as often as I've heard it from black people.

What an insensitive thing to say. "crying about oppression". Wow, is that what you think we are doing? Black people haven't complained about being oppressed since the equal rights movement. But we were certainly oppressed. I can give you specific examples of oppression if you need them. They are pretty gruesome. This ain't about Native Americans. They have their own fight. I understand what you are trying to say, but don't be little what black people went through. It was real, it was significant, and it was a crime against humanity.

I may be insensitive to the situation, but I wasn't implying that black people weren't oppressed. At most you could say that I am claiming black people are less oppressed than other groups in American society, which I don't think is certainly untrue.

African Americans are the backbone of US history. What are you talking about? They basically created this nation from the ground up.

A person from any culture could make that statement about their people earnestly and it be true to some degree.
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2/20/2014 10:49:21 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 2/19/2014 7:28:01 PM, Df0512 wrote:
At 2/19/2014 3:21:57 PM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/19/2014 9:25:16 AM, Df0512 wrote:
At 2/18/2014 7:23:50 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/17/2014 11:05:37 PM, Installgentoo wrote:
At 2/15/2014 11:16:26 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM, Odaenathus wrote:
Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month, or is it a way to learn about historically crucial people commonly over looked because of their color? What do we think.

Why is black history necessary more so than asian history, or jewish history, or mexican history?

Because of the unique history of blacks in the US when compared to other groups.

Blacks aren't the only people who suffered in America. Native Americans probably had it worse than black slaves, I don't hear them crying about oppression as often as I've heard it from black people.

What an insensitive thing to say. "crying about oppression". Wow, is that what you think we are doing? Black people haven't complained about being oppressed since the equal rights movement. But we were certainly oppressed. I can give you specific examples of oppression if you need them. They are pretty gruesome. This ain't about Native Americans. They have their own fight. I understand what you are trying to say, but don't be little what black people went through. It was real, it was significant, and it was a crime against humanity.

I may be insensitive to the situation, but I wasn't implying that black people weren't oppressed. At most you could say that I am claiming black people are less oppressed than other groups in American society, which I don't think is certainly untrue.

Well I'd say so. But I don't think it's about who was more oppressed than others either. Any oppression is bad oppression. So who got it worse is meaningless. Black american got it and we got it bad. My main concern was you saying we're "crying about oppression" as if black people were not oppressed. It just doesn't seem like you appreciate what happened the way I might. But you already admitted to being insensitive to the situation, so I guess I can't expect anything more.

Just because I'm insensitive of the injustice that was around in American history, doesn't mean I don't respect the tragedies that others have ensued to allow our societies to become what they are today.
To claim that they are "crying" is an undertone to my true disgust at the hypocrisy that that colored people show by allowing things like black history month, BET, NAACP, and many other culturally biased groups exist as "non-racist", yet if a white group were to do the same it is deemed "racist". The same hypocrisy exists in the word nigger, which is a word that holds far less merit than it did in its yester years.
I am sorry if I sound racist in any way, I don't mean to. I'm just acknowledging some observations I have noticed and expressing how I feel about it.
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2/20/2014 12:11:42 PM
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At 2/20/2014 10:25:41 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/19/2014 4:26:27 PM, ben2974 wrote:
At 2/19/2014 3:21:57 PM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/19/2014 9:25:16 AM, Df0512 wrote:
At 2/18/2014 7:23:50 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/17/2014 11:05:37 PM, Installgentoo wrote:
At 2/15/2014 11:16:26 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM, Odaenathus wrote:
Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month, or is it a way to learn about historically crucial people commonly over looked because of their color? What do we think.

Why is black history necessary more so than asian history, or jewish history, or mexican history?

Because of the unique history of blacks in the US when compared to other groups.

Blacks aren't the only people who suffered in America. Native Americans probably had it worse than black slaves, I don't hear them crying about oppression as often as I've heard it from black people.

What an insensitive thing to say. "crying about oppression". Wow, is that what you think we are doing? Black people haven't complained about being oppressed since the equal rights movement. But we were certainly oppressed. I can give you specific examples of oppression if you need them. They are pretty gruesome. This ain't about Native Americans. They have their own fight. I understand what you are trying to say, but don't be little what black people went through. It was real, it was significant, and it was a crime against humanity.

I may be insensitive to the situation, but I wasn't implying that black people weren't oppressed. At most you could say that I am claiming black people are less oppressed than other groups in American society, which I don't think is certainly untrue.

African Americans are the backbone of US history. What are you talking about? They basically created this nation from the ground up.

A person from any culture could make that statement about their people earnestly and it be true to some degree.

No, having a small degree of influence does not equate to "backbone of US history,"
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2/20/2014 11:04:16 PM
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Just because I'm insensitive of the injustice that was around in American history, doesn't mean I don't respect the tragedies that others have ensued to allow our societies to become what they are today.
To claim that they are "crying" is an undertone to my true disgust at the hypocrisy that that colored people show by allowing things like black history month, BET, NAACP, and many other culturally biased groups exist as "non-racist", yet if a white group were to do the same it is deemed "racist". The same hypocrisy exists in the word nigger, which is a word that holds far less merit than it did in its yester years.
I am sorry if I sound racist in any way, I don't mean to. I'm just acknowledging some observations I have noticed and expressing how I feel about it.

No, I don't totally disagree with you. I feels like those organizations in a way contribute to the divide black people already have with the rest of the country.The same with the word nigger. I personally feels the racism will never go away, so the only affective way I see to beat it is to ignore it. People will always feels how they feel so I say get over it and live.
But than I am a black man who has experienced racism and discrimination because of the color of my skin. So I understand the value of these organizations. I just chose to react differently to racism than most.
Some black people will seek the aid of others like them. Thats why we have BET and the NAACP. They gave opportunity where opportunity was not previously present. Its not hypocrisy. I will say that they probably aren't as necessary as they were in their earlier days. But they still to this day provide a lot of great opportunity that wouldn't be their with out them.
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2/21/2014 12:21:04 AM
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At 2/15/2014 11:16:26 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM, Odaenathus wrote:
Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month, or is it a way to learn about historically crucial people commonly over looked because of their color? What do we think.

Why is black history necessary more so than asian history, or jewish history, or mexican history?

http://en.wikipedia.org...

And to answer your question: probably because the subjugation of black people is more relevant to American history than any other. I mean... white people did build the american economy on the backs of black slaves they brought from Africa.... The relevance of their struggles in American culture is arguably second only to Native Americans who are in far fewer numbers than black people today and are much less visible. This leads to the second reason as to why Black History month is discussed more often- not necessarily because it's more "necessary" but because black people are here in far higher numbers. Black people have a much louder voice in american society, are much more visible in the media, and are thus more able to make their opinions and values known via commemorative months and every other cultural medium than the other folks you listed. Third most relevant is probably Mexican history which falls under Hispanic heritage in September. And I think I hear a lot more even about Hispanic heritage than Native American anything.

Like Chris Rock said.....

And as for the OP- I think it's up to black people to decide whether we need black history month.
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2/21/2014 12:39:13 AM
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At 2/18/2014 7:23:50 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/17/2014 11:05:37 PM, Installgentoo wrote:
At 2/15/2014 11:16:26 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM, Odaenathus wrote:
Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month, or is it a way to learn about historically crucial people commonly over looked because of their color? What do we think.

Why is black history necessary more so than asian history, or jewish history, or mexican history?

Because of the unique history of blacks in the US when compared to other groups.

Blacks aren't the only people who suffered in America. Native Americans probably had it worse than black slaves, I don't hear them crying about oppression as often as I've heard it from black people.

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black people's media presence > native american's media presence

The commemorative history months are not an oppression contest.
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2/24/2014 6:32:28 PM
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At 2/21/2014 12:21:04 AM, Oryus wrote:
At 2/15/2014 11:16:26 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM, Odaenathus wrote:
Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month, or is it a way to learn about historically crucial people commonly over looked because of their color? What do we think.

Why is black history necessary more so than asian history, or jewish history, or mexican history?

http://en.wikipedia.org...

And to answer your question: probably because the subjugation of black people is more relevant to American history than any other. I mean... white people did build the american economy on the backs of black slaves they brought from Africa.... The relevance of their struggles in American culture is arguably second only to Native Americans who are in far fewer numbers than black people today and are much less visible. This leads to the second reason as to why Black History month is discussed more often- not necessarily because it's more "necessary" but because black people are here in far higher numbers. Black people have a much louder voice in american society, are much more visible in the media, and are thus more able to make their opinions and values known via commemorative months and every other cultural medium than the other folks you listed. Third most relevant is probably Mexican history which falls under Hispanic heritage in September. And I think I hear a lot more even about Hispanic heritage than Native American anything.

Like Chris Rock said.....

And as for the OP- I think it's up to black people to decide whether we need black history month.



This is more or less what I was going to say.

I also think the month is a way for America to commemorate African American achievements in the face of oppression and hardship in America's history. Someone mentioned native americans; if they want a time of commemoration for their culture, they should definitely get it. I doubt there is anyone who is pro-black history month who would also for some reason deny a month for native americans.

I think it's obvious native americans got it worse- that doesnt't mean black history month isn't a good idea, or that it can't be followed up by that.

As far as mexican heritage or something - north americans didn't really do anything bad to native mexicans.... (correct me if I'm wrong). There was the Mexican-American War, but it wasn't mass genocide or slavery, obviously, so it's different.
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2/24/2014 6:50:32 PM
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Nobody has said it yet so I'll say it. Black history "IS" American history in the context that it is being discussed in this thread. Black history as it should be taught in the proper context should include the history of all black people all over the world. Not just their experience in a single country. Now, if you did this for every race in this context all races history would be the same. All would have been slaves all would have tyrannical leaders, all would have conquered nations and all would have heroes all would have leaders of virtue. All the races history is the same, just at different points in time.
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2/25/2014 12:12:40 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 2/24/2014 6:32:28 PM, Hematite12 wrote:
At 2/21/2014 12:21:04 AM, Oryus wrote:
At 2/15/2014 11:16:26 AM, pozessed wrote:
At 2/14/2014 2:26:49 PM, Odaenathus wrote:
Is it a disrespect to the black community by restricting their history to one month, or is it a way to learn about historically crucial people commonly over looked because of their color? What do we think.

Why is black history necessary more so than asian history, or jewish history, or mexican history?

http://en.wikipedia.org...

And to answer your question: probably because the subjugation of black people is more relevant to American history than any other. I mean... white people did build the american economy on the backs of black slaves they brought from Africa.... The relevance of their struggles in American culture is arguably second only to Native Americans who are in far fewer numbers than black people today and are much less visible. This leads to the second reason as to why Black History month is discussed more often- not necessarily because it's more "necessary" but because black people are here in far higher numbers. Black people have a much louder voice in american society, are much more visible in the media, and are thus more able to make their opinions and values known via commemorative months and every other cultural medium than the other folks you listed. Third most relevant is probably Mexican history which falls under Hispanic heritage in September. And I think I hear a lot more even about Hispanic heritage than Native American anything.

Like Chris Rock said.....

And as for the OP- I think it's up to black people to decide whether we need black history month.


This is more or less what I was going to say.

I also think the month is a way for America to commemorate African American achievements in the face of oppression and hardship in America's history. Someone mentioned native americans; if they want a time of commemoration for their culture, they should definitely get it. I doubt there is anyone who is pro-black history month who would also for some reason deny a month for native americans.

I think it's obvious native americans got it worse- that doesnt't mean black history month isn't a good idea, or that it can't be followed up by that.

As far as mexican heritage or something - north americans didn't really do anything bad to native mexicans.... (correct me if I'm wrong). There was the Mexican-American War, but it wasn't mass genocide or slavery, obviously, so it's different.

Right. I was hesitant to give a gold, silver, and bronze medal of oppression but you pretty much have to in a thread like this where someone asks, "what about native americans?" It is different, but we did, and continue to this day, to fvck over mexicans and mexican americans. To your bolded statement- I would say that we did definitely do something bad to native mexicans in that the Mexican-American war largely consisted of us taking away massive amounts of their land and displacing many communities. It's just that they had the resources to at least put up a fight worthy of referring to it as a "War" and not simply "genocide" or a "trail of tears."
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