African empires, I thought I would learn about the black artists and musicians and just why the colour of someone’s doesn’t matter as all cultures have done amazing things for the modern day person.
What I got was three things: Black people were slaves; Black people didn’t have civil rights, Black people fought to be free from slavery and have civil rights. I was told about Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King and Malcolm X (The lack of females was also something I never really got, but I put it down to the fact that black women must have been busy during all the revolutions) and for a while all the freedom from oppression stuff may actually have been inspiring: but then it got to year three.
I got to year three and was told it was time for another Black History Month and when they needed people for the project, my hand went straight up, this year I was going to learn about the goldmine that was Black History. Funny enough I got three things: Black people were slaves; Black people didn’t have civil rights, Black people fought to be free from slavery and have civil rights and again, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X was evident.
I started by GCSE History course and when I saw that Civil Rights in the USA was on the topics that I would have to revise and I saw Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X I finally decided that enough was enough.
Black History Month and Black History in Education is a completely demeaning and degrading version of a history which, from my own research, is pretty damn brilliant.
The way Black History is done in Education is horrendous. I'm sick of learning about Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, I'm tired of learning about the 'struggles' that Black people have gone through over the years and I can't stand Black History Month. Education makes it out like Black History is just about freedom from oppression, Martin Luther King was great but I've been learning about him since year one and he still comes up in my GCSE History text book and it's time to change the damn tune.
Black History is patronized into a little box which comes out on it's month and is squashed into a curriculum that's been playing the same record since it's started. There's so much more to Black History than people are told and patronizing it with a month doesn't scream equality or integration, every culture should be celebrated across the year and not just on how they got rights, but on how they benefit society and the world as a whole.
I no longer support or follow Black History Month and I'm sick of the victim mentality Black people are given in Education and in life
Black History Month further adds to the idea that their history is separate from the rest and it hasn’t influenced how we live today and other people’s history. The whole idea of history is that we learn from it and that means history is influenced by history and culture is influenced by culture and it comes together in this beautiful lovely thing called progress.
We are more than a minority and more than victims, we are people who give into society and learn from it.
Martin Luther King had a dream: This definitely wasn’t it.