Mailbag: Why We Should Do Away With Black History Month

04.06.10 | Dr. Stephen Coleman | Comments[1]

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In a recent commentary, I argued that it is time to discontinue Black History Month because it represents the shameful segregation, compartmentalization, and minimization of black history -- something that is racist and represents the sad history of racism in America.

A number of you sent emails in response to my comments. A listener named Roger disagreed with me. He said, "I don't think celebrating black history month in any way minimizes African-American's. It's good for young black men and women to know what their fore-bearers had to go through to achieve equal rights in this country.”

Meanwhile, another listener named Steve weighed in with the following comments: “I agree with your commentary on Black History month, there is still a lot of deep seeded racism in this country and I don't think black, green, or red history month will do anything to help.”

Tony wrote in to say that religion plays a major role in furthering segregation. In his view, “I think in many respects we self-segregate. The church is the worst at it. What's the most segregated hour in America?? - Sunday morning - 11 o'clock. Think about it.” Meanwhile, Cindy echoed Tony’s remarks and observed that “Our houses of worship are too segregated. Our homes are too segregated, our communities are too segregated.”

Finally, Shane shared his thoughts and said, “The best way to end racism is to stop drawing attention to race. Dr. King also said that he hoped to one day live in a country that judged by the "content of our character, not the color of our skin." Let's stop putting up these artificial walls that divide.”

I want to thank all of you for sending me your comments. I’m always delighted to hear from my listeners. Comment below, or send me an email.

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on 04.08.10 Mattie commented

I first of all continually pray that we can all come together as one, because there is only one GOD and we are all his children therefore, that make us all one body under God. If we could just get it, the message he has been trying to tell us since the beginninng of time. That it does not matter what color our skin is, when it is cut the "BLOOD" the "BLOOD" is "RED". thank GOD for the BLOOD of JESUS CHRIST and the CROSS he hung on so that we might live.

Yes we are still a very segregated world and WNY is one of the most segregated areas in these United States of America.

For example our Radio Stations are so divided, WUFO, FLN and so many others both play strictly the Christian Music of the Race of the Radio Personnel. How do I know this, because I listen to both Stations and I have been blessed by the LORD to be able to enjoy Music, Dance and numerous other things from people of all different Races, backgrounds or whatever and as Dr King said, I do not judge someone by the color of their skin, but (my words) by what is in their mind, heart and how they live their life.

Why can't we just come together and help one another and not just when there is a crisis (Hati), just simiply because we are GOD'S children.

I will close for now, because when I am talking or writing about the LORD and something I feel very passionate about, I could go on for hours.

So, I pray that you all have a most beautiful and blessed and keep up the good work.