As we have wrapped up another month of February, it reminds us that we have come to an end of another Black History Month.
When many think on the term “Black History Month,” they tend to focus on the word “black.”
Some folks may look at this month as Black Pride Month instead of remembering history.
Personally when I think of Black History Month, it is all still American History.
That is what gets lost in the translation.
Some misinformed souls may claim racism, because the month embraces they accomplishments of individuals of a particular skin color.
Others may feel that this hurt race relations by focusing on aspects of oppression.
Either one of these claims could not be farther from the truth.
Black History Month is not about focusing on the past.
It’s about learning and embracing this great nation’s gift of diversity.
Observing Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Hispanic Heritage Months, along with any other, reaffirms the United States as the world’s melting pot.
This month doesn’t just focus on civil rights of black Americans, but on any individual who has been discriminated against because their gender, sexual orientation, disability or religious beliefs.
Black History Month is a product of an open-minded society that looks at the worth a person from the inside and not the outward complexion.
This serves as a reminder to everyone who feels as if they are lost and have no hope.
Look to the individuals who were willing to make any sacrifice to just have a better quality of life.
Next year, embrace this month for its positives and not the negatives.
We have come a long way from Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s “Negro History Week” in 1926.
The social change and progress that is being made in this country is something to be proud of.
We can say that we will not let our negative past write the stories of a prospective future.
This month extends beyond the stereotypical and predictable plot lines of a Tyler Perry movie, it’s a script that is being written right before our very eyes on how treat each other with the dignity and respect that they deserve.
It is accepting things that we deem different without understanding the situation.
Simply put, this is just another American History Month.