It’s Time To End Black History Month

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As we draw near the end of Black History Month, one thing is for certain: it’s done more to suppress American History than tell her story.

According to history.com the origins of Black History Month begins in 1915 when Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the then Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), which is an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements of blacks and other peoples of African descent. In 1926, the group sponsored a national Negro History week, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Republicans Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

In the decades following, mayors across the country began issuing annual proclamations recognizing Negro History Week. As a result of the renewed Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and a growing awareness of black identity, Negro History Week evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses. Finally, in 1976 Republican President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month and called upon Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Today in America Black History Month has become little more than a tool for liberal academics and the racial grievance industry to perpetuate revisionist history that suits their agenda to transform America. It has produced an entitlement mentality amongst blacks, perpetual victimhood in place of accomplishment in black communities, and racial strife directed at white Christian Republicans. Additionally, Black History Month has conceived an ire amongst illegal aliens and legal immigrant minorities alike who believe they deserve just as much prominence on America’s calendar as blacks. In other words, it’s causing more division than celebration of unity.

Consider some of America’s forgotten history: William Ellison, a former slave turned brutal slave owner helped finance the Confederate Army. We’re familiar with Republican President Abraham Lincoln who signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves, but did you know Hiram Rhodes Revels was America’s first black senator (1870-1871) during Reconstruction? Blanche Bruce also served in the United States Senate from 1875-1881. There were 21 black congressman that served in the House of Representatives during Reconstruction as well. Why aren’t we taught about these civil rights heroes in our schools? I suspect it’s because they were all Republican! William Ellison being the exception.

It gets better! Despite what you’ve heard, the first civil rights legislation was passed in 1866 by the GOP. Not in 1964! In 1870 the Republican Congress passed and ratified the 15th Amendment, which gave blacks and former slaves the right to vote. In 1871, the Republican Congress passed the “Anti-KKK Act” to abolish the Democrats terrorist arm known as the Ku Klux Klan that was created to stop blacks and “nigger loving” whites, known as Republicans, from voting in the south.

In 1957 Republican President Dwight Eisenhower’s civil rights bill was opposed by the likes of Democrat Senators John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. In Anne Coulter’s book “Mugged” she describes how LBJ stripped the 1957 bill of its enforcement provisions. Thank God Eisenhower introduced a stronger bill in 1960. Conveniently, Democrats changed their position on racism due to political expediency. Lyndon B. Johnson adopted Dwight Eisenhower’s ideas on civil rights as his own, and in 1964 the Republican Congress helped him pass the signature legislation known as the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

A.D. King, Father to Dr. Alveda King and little brother to MLK Jr. is another forgotten hero who worked tirelessly in the Civil Rights Movement. He was a juggernaut in his own right. Sadly, he was murdered just one year after his brother.

My point is this: Black History is American History, and it should be treated as such throughout the entire year wherever it’s relevant. America, with all of its flaws has amazing heroes of all nationalities whose stories deserve to be told. Immigrants don’t flock here because they believe we’re a racist society. They flock here because they know that if they work hard they can succeed despite their ethnicity. In our bitterness, blacks have forgotten that we still live in the greatest, kindest nation ever known to man.

If race relations in America are going to get better, if blacks are going to choose forgiveness over blame, if so-called modern-day “civil rights leaders” are sincere about being reconciled to their fellow man, if blacks are ever going to be integrated into American culture, it seems to me a good place to start the healing process would be by eradicating Black History Month.

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  1. Thank you for thoughts here; Succinct and helpful information. Creating Group Recognition seems to be a “clever” method of dividing The People, endeavoring a more nefarious accomplishment by Power Brokers of Agencies, Governments, Organizations and Industries. Not easy to be nonBlack and suggest that Black Americans, (or American Indians, Irish Americans, etc) refrain from grouping ourselves and DEMAND that we refer to each other as Americans. Some born here (true Natives) and others Legally Immigrated. The Orwellian methods of usurping the Language to control the “Conversation” is another method to “divide and conquer” which needs to be called out and exposed for what it is. Thanks again.

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  2. Excellent article! So glad you’re trying to spread the word of the deceitful Democrats. They have convinced black folks for too long that they cannot succeed on their own. What better way to guarantee that a group will vote for you than to convince them that they need you. And to talk them into aborting their babies is truly despicable!

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  3. Here are several other facts from my wife’s History text: The American Past, Ninth Edition Vol II: Since 1865 written by Joseph R. Conlin.

    Democrats in Southern wanted to inhibit Blacks from voting Republican. Do any Blacks today know this?

    When Teddy Roosevelt invaded Cuba, he was saved by the Ninth and Tenth Cavalry regiments, Black regiments, which enfiladed the Spanish position. Who knows this today?

    In WWI, the all Black 369th Infantry was awarded the Croix de Guerre by France, and won more medals than any other US unit in that war. Who knows?

    Black History Month might be worthwhile if it were used to promote the truth about some commendable things the Blacks have done.

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      1. Hi Carl,
        There is much more information about Blacks supporting the American Revolution and being buried with FULL military honors. Who knows today???

        What about the successes of the Tuskegee Airmen in WWII?

        Why are these accomplishments not touted today in our history texts and teaching?

        I am not black, but I am dismayed by our (US Citizenry) lack of knowledge.
        All the Best,
        Jim

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  4. I think it is very important to continue Black History Month- Many blacks don’t know our history especially the younger generation and it needs to be passed on. If you don’t know your history your may think your people did nothing to get you the rights you have today. Rosa Parks and others took risks, even went to jail and some were beaten and killed to secure the freedoms we have today. It would be an injustice not to recognize them. What is wrong with picking a month to do it. They sacrificed far too much to have it forgotten. I am surprised and ashamed Carl Jackson would suggest this. I wonder what all the blacks that have gone on would say. Because two things I am not ashamed of is the gospel of Christ and my Black History in this country.

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  5. Linda S., I don’t think Mr. Jackson is suggesting that historic achievements of black people should be ignored, rather that they should be included in history lessons throughout the year as they fall into the study of U.S. history. I am fortunate enough to be a homeschool mom and that is basically what I do. We are white but we definitely include important people and events from various minorities as well as white people. Although as I think about it, I may focus most heavily on white and black people and not focus as much on other minorities… (partly there are just SO MANY good children’s books about historic black people and their lives!!) So we just learned about the Jubilee Singers of Fisk University — which is very interesting and so cool that they still exist today! Anyway, I am not sure one way or another about having a Black History Month but I do appreciate Mr. Jackson’s view that it shouldn’t be necessary — we should just study all aspects of our history and all important people regardless of skin color.

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