Check. Yo. Self. This whole “Black History Month is racist” thing? It’s embarrassing.
Here in the US, every single month is white history month. In a phenomenon akin to historical revisionism, our “officially accepted” history has become white-centered and focuses on the history of men. It glazes over & ignores minority groups’ contributions to society as well as the fucked up things that have been done to them throughout history. In terms of race, this “false advertising” instilled in us from childhood allows white folks to grow up feeling entitled and justified in our racist structures, while others quickly learn that they are second class. It makes privilege invisible to those who have it. It glorifies white accomplishments above all others. It erases other real histories that have brought us here, to 2012, where racism lives in the systems that govern us and where the entitled foolishly believe that white history is human history.