29 Mar Beyond Black History Month
Posted at 19:45h
in Black News
Black History Month is a great symbol of race relations in this country. For centuries, we’ve always had to belittle our experiences for the sake of Caucasian comfort.
- We ignore racism because we don’t want whites to feel guilty for what they did to our people.
- We deny our culture and assimilate to satisfy the white standard of how one should act.
- We allow ignorance and generalizations so that we don’t offend their ignorant perspectives.
Where’s the Native American History?
The list goes on and on. This is so much more true when considering Black History Month. It is the shorthanded compromise when addressing the Black experience. We get 28 days of Black History while they get 337. We also ignore Asian American History, Latino American History, and Native American history. Did they not contribute to the American experience? Or did white people make this country great on their own?
It’s unfortunate, how little Americans will acknowledge the diversity of this country even though diversity has made America one of the most powerful nations in the world. Why are we willing to ignore the dramatic experiences of minorities just because white people are uncomfortable?
Emmit J McHenry
This country has been a melting pot well beyond Christopher Columbus and the diversity gets larger every day.
This is why it’s important to put other cultural experiences into perspective. Not only will these lessons help bring us together but it will build a wider tolerance toward our differences.
It’s especially important for minorities to learn about our own history. A history that not only sheds light on the American experience for minorities but also shows minorities the ways, in which, we have contributed to this country.
Did you know that Emmit J. McHenry is the founder of the dot.com domain registry?
Did you know that Black Codes were laws passed in the late 1860s that restricted the freedom of blacks in America? It’s important to know these facts because it explores the foundation of racism.
This website is about self-awareness and this movement begins with cultural awareness. This awareness goes beyond a month, it’s a lifetime of information.
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Check out the slideshow below for a little snippet of minority history in America.
Trail of Tears
In 1838, Native Americans were forced to relocate from their homelands to areas near the Mississippi River. This march is named the"Trail of Tears", because it resulted in the death of thousands of Native Americans from numerous tribes including the Cherokee, Seminole, Choctaw, and Chickasaw. They died due to disease and exposure to the extremely cold climate.
The perpetrator of this act is Andrew Jackson, known as the seventh president and image for the twenty dollar bill.
In 2010, Arizona passed a law that banned Mexican American studies courses. This coincided with other racially biased laws such as SB 170. This law allowed police officers to racial profile Latino citizens.
Interracial Marriage Allowed in the U.S.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that anti-interracial marriage laws were unconstitutional in Loving vs. Virginia. That ruling invalidated laws in 16 states that prevented Whites from marrying “colored” spouses. This law expanded to all minorities.
Dr. Feng Shan Ho
Dr. Feng Shan Ho saved thousands of Austrian Jews during the Holocaust. Dr. Ho was a Chinese diplomat. When the Nazis took over Austria they began persecuting Jews.. Austrian Jews had nowhere to go because most of the world's nations would not accept Jewish refugees. Despite the orders to do the same in China, he began issuing Jews visas to Shanghai, China.
Benjamin Franklin learned a lot about democracy by observing the Iroquois Indians.
The Iroquois order of power falls within the Iroquois community. The Iroquois chief ruled only as long as the tribes supported his decisions. In fact, the Iroquois were a union of tribes that power held checks and balances to limit power, one of the adopted characteristics of democracy for the United States of America.
Anti Immigration Laws against Asian Americans
From 1917 and 1965, the U.S. outlawed immigration to the U.S. for all Asian people. It wasn't until the Immigration Act of 1965, that abolished national origins as a basis for immigration decisions.
In 1994, California passed Prop 187 which prohibited illegal aliens from using non-emergency health care, public education, and other services in the State of California.
"Strange Fruit," the song about black lynching in the south sang by blues singer Billie Holiday, was originally a poem written by Abel Meeropol, a Jewish schoolteacher from the Bronx, New York. This song was covered by Nina Simone and was used by Kanye West in the song titled on the song"Blood on The Leaves."
The Longoria Affair
In 1950, the only funeral home in a Texas town refused to hold a wake for Felix Longoria. He was a decorated Mexican American soldier killed in battle during World War II. Longoria’s widow was told, simply, “The whites wouldn’t like it.” This caused outrage and proved discrimination occurred among Latinos too.
Japanese Internment Camps
During WWII, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor created anti-Japanese feelings. This led FDR to place executive order on Japanese descendants, placing them in internment camps. In 1968, 24 years after the camps had been closed the U.S. government decided to give reparations to those who had lost property due to their imprisonment. In 1988 surviving prisoners were awarded ,000. Only 60,000 prisoners of the internment camps were still alive.
Christopher Columbus mislabeled the Native American as "Indians"
Indian is not the proper term for those who settled in the America's prior to the European. The mislabeling is due to Christopher Columbus. He thought that he had reached the East Indies when he landed in America and therefore named the inhabitants Indians.
Legendary singer James Brown performed in Boston the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. This performance prevented further rioting that night.
Mendez V. WestMinister
In 1947, Sylvia Mendez was denied access to an all white school in California. The Mendez family later sued the California school and won in the U.S. circuit court of appeals. This set the foundation for Brown V. Board.