Black History Month has been celebrated in Britain every October for nearly 20 years, and in USA in the month of February. The purpose of Black History Month is ostensibly to highlight and celebrate the achievements of black people and communities. BHM is also used to resurrect the injustices of the past such as slavery and segregation to name but a few.
What are your opinions on BHM? Is there still a need for BHM in USA in the context of Obama's presidency? Is it useful and fair to have a month dedicated to the achievements of black people alone? Should all minorities have their own history month? Perhaps we should celebrate BHM in Ireland also, seeing as we have a sizeable minority black population?
International author Maya Angelou appeared to agree when she explained in an interview, “We want to reach a time when there won’t be Black History Month, when black history will be so integrated into American history that we study
it along with every other history,” according to Fox News. Morgan Freeman is also against BHM.
I don't believe BHM holds much value, other than to reaffirm divisions and relive past injustices.
Please share your thoughts.
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