“I’m not saying we as black people deserve LESS respect. I’m saying we deserve MORE,” she wrote. “Black History should be apart [sic] of social studies and history curriculum EVERYDAY OF EVERY MONTH OF EVERY YEAR. not just 28 days out of 365!!!!”
It’s a common argument used by blacks (and whites) who feel that Black History Month separates black American history from American history in general.
“In a hundred years, do you really want the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr, Frederick Douglass, and even Barack Obama to be discussed only in the month of February?! Black history IS American history. We are not a category or a special interest group. We are Americans,” she continued.
She thinks that black Americans are being bamboozled by liberals who argue otherwise, and says that black people’s biggest adversary is not racist whites but other black people.
“Our accomplishments cannot be limited to 28 days. Do not listen to liberals who try to limit you, to put you into a box, to tell you that you MUST believe one way or another, that you cannot think for yourselves, and that the government can ‘give’ you a ‘special month.’
“I can tell by the hysterical reactions that it’s not WHITE PEOPLE who are trying to keep black Americans in their place. It’s BLACK people,” she said.
And then she said something about how she wants to benefit from all of the goodness that this nation offers black people: “We need to stop doing this to ourselves, to our brothers and sisters. We need to swipe the breadcrumbs on the floor and eat of the wonderful, rich food this nation offers.”
Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.