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Letter: Why not just call it black entertainment month?
Published on February 14, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

Every year, in February, there is this celebration called "Black History Month" that is supposed to celebrate the accomplishments of the black race. However, when one looks at what is really being celebrated, it is not very hard to come to the conclusion that what is really being celebrated is the accomplishments that we black people have made to entertainment.

We blacks are being portrayed as some sort of great race, during these celebrations. Yet, all we see being presented to us during these celebrations, as notable black icons are musicians, storytellers, church leaders, athletes, dead slaves, talk-show hosts and supposed intellectuals who make us laugh with what they call history. Where are our true scientists?

I said "our true scientists" for a very good reason. Those of us who are presented during these black history month celebrations as scientists and inventors aren't really black at all. The vast majority of our supposed black scientists and inventors only managed to accomplish their feats simply because they were exposed to other cultures – especially European culture.

Sure, we must be very proud of these black scientists and inventors, as some of them achieved what they did despite incredible odds. However, theirs were individual achievements and should not be confused with the non-entertainment achievements of the black race.

You see, for us as a race to claim ownership of achievements that are of a scientific or even governmental nature, those achievements must have been done within our own cultural space. Sadly, those achievements are very hard to find. Even more sad, this scarcity speaks volumes to our culture, which we also celebrate during this month.

The black non-entertainment icons that we like to parade during these black history month celebrations are usually people who were educated and socialized in the white man's space. As such, while their accomplishments are good, they should not be seen as true black achievers at all – but merely black coloured white clones.

The fact that our "black achievements" are mostly based on entertainment proves my point very well. Indeed, every February, I, as a black man, am reminded that the organizers of these celebrations always have a tough time finding true black accomplishments, other than entertainment, to fool us into thinking that we are somehow a great race. We may be good at entertainment, but that's all we seem good at.

I always say that February is the most boring and depressing month of the year, because I am constantly being reminded that as a black man, all I am good for is making others laugh – and that I am just a member of a backward race that is the footstool of others.

I think its full time that we come clean with this month of February. We should stop call it "black history month" and just be honest with ourselves and call it "black entertainment month". As far as I can see, entertainment is all we are anyway.

Michael A. Dingwall
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