I have mixed feelings about this video, but I am delighted to hear such a positive outlook on WHY it’s important to share the burdens and blessings of having a month dedicated to a race. It encourages people to reflects on how race is viewed in America.
@kiwirabbitfru states in this video that her discomfort with BHM is fundamentally based on how her white classmates and teacher forced her to relive (or rather be reminded) the trauma of being black in America (skip to 0:22). These pervasive acts of race isolation tend to leave a bad taste in the mouths of children of color. When BHM is used to isolate people rather than a tool to teach tolerance and community, shit like this happens. Teachers pick on children of color to be spokesmen of their race then COH grow up not wanting to talk about race nor cerebrate a month dedicated to said missionary.
I personally feel that BHM is important and should be celebrated individually and not collectively as American History. Let’s be blunt. African/Black/Afro/Afrikkan History has never been a story of triumph over prejudice, rather it continues to be a living narrative of post-racialism and evolved prejudice. There’s isn’t anything American about my experience as a Black person in America (Jena 6, Stop and Frisk, Traveyon Martin, school to prison pipeline, etc). Black people and other people of color have ALWAYS had to fight for a inch of this American Pie and I am HAPPY to remind you of that. So let’s have Garifuna, Hispanic/Latino, Caribbean, Native American, and other marginalized heritage months and force you to reflect on your privilege so that we can start building a more tolerant world.
Being black today is just as hard as being black 50 years ago, the difference is that now it purely physiological rather than physical. Regardless of how you feel about BHM, it’s not for America, it’s for African/Black/Afro/Afrikkan. It’s like therapy and rehab from all the messed up shit we still deal with hundreds of years later. We are reminded of our history, accomplishments, and that we still have work to do.