Black History Month 2011
February 1, 2011 by staff
Black History Month 2011, If we look back in history as “Black History Month” seems strange to some of our colleagues in the millennium. Why, some ask, do we have a month dedicated to black history and not one dedicated to white history? After all, if the idea is to get past skin color and respect all people as equal, not a month dedicated to history of a people by their skin color hypocrite?
We believe that this argument is totally irrelevant and fails to confront the reality of America’s racial past and its always-difficult divided present.
Doubtless, some argue that argument instead of a simple naivete. Perhaps they consider the fight for civil rights as an issue that was resolved before birth.
Such a view reflects a misunderstanding of the role of race in modern America. And who can blame them for wanting to be oblivious to the real and modern legacy of our racist past, living as a score in 2011 in Illinois.
How it is easier to think that America has already exceeded its sectarian tendencies. How it would be easier to believe that after the Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education, Americans no longer have to face their own racist tendencies. As it is comforting to pretend to elect a black president proved that institutionalized discrimination is no longer a problem.
It is important to know that the nation’s history. We believe that America’s fight to overcome the ideological hypocrisy of its original founding a nation based on inalienable rights of man would allow slavery to flourish within its borders is one of the defining characteristics of our country.
2011 is the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of civil war. The Union prevailed and the institution of slavery dissolved.
Jim Crow laws institutionalized discrimination for the next 100 years. In the middle of last century, the civil rights movement has pushed the nation spent its most blatant forms of legal discrimination. But we still do not extend equal opportunities to all members of our society and when you look at where the disparities, it is difficult not to conclude that race continues to be an important factor in determining social inequality.
Government officials in many southern states are trying to whitewash the history of slavery and the civil rights movement. Last year, the governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell said April Confederate History month, which, in his proclamation, romanticized the Confederacy and failed to mention the existence of slavery.
(AP) – New York City celebrates black history while taking into account the status of sites of interest to Queens and four buildings on Staten Island.
A color barrier homeownership has been broken in the district Addisleigh Park Historic St. Albans, Queens. In the mid 20th century it was home to musical greats Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Fats Waller, Lena Horne, and athletes Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis and Roy Campanella.
Sandy Ground, on Staten Island is one of the oldest communities in the town founded by freed slaves. He became a haven for oyster farmers who came to northern Maryland in the mid-19th century.
Three cottages and a church in Sandy Ground is the study of historical status.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission is scheduled to vote Tuesday.
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