I wanted to write this after time passed to hopefully jumpstart an unbiased discussion with others, and maybe even ourselves. Here's the post:
It is an interesting perspective to view Black History Month as a misnomer rather than an accurate portrayal. The part that stands out to me in particular is the question posed near the end which is,
"how do we get rid of racism?"
in which he (Morgan Freeman) replies,
"stop talking about it."
It is an idealistic stance to take on such a crippling topic such as racism. For all the work and time that is invested to educated the masses of ignorance about culture (and how little there is to fear), and for all of the celebration that is to be had when there is a POC representing an ethnicity/community of sorts, how do we find our way out of this hole that we've dugged ourselves into (with unwanted help of course)?
We work hard to represent for our respective labels and backgrounds that we are unknowingly born into. To be seen as equal, to be recognized as equal, to be equal. Yet, it is still a crutch to see that we are labeled a subterm as a citizen, to see February as a month for Black History or May as a month for the Asiatic community (which the media and retailers forget to acknowledge but I digress).
Yes, Black History is American History because there is no such thing as Black History if we break it down enough. American History, or American has no color, only the people that had roles in shaping history for better, and for worse. The same for those that have made impacts from other backgrounds, even the opposite gender.
As much as we celebrate when a norm is broken for the better, in most cases, when do we stop praising the first (insert label for different kinds of persons here) and when do we start moving forward?
-Christopher Chrispy AKA Kon