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"Why Is Black History Month in February, the Shortest Month of the Year? That’s Racist!"

I keep seeing this time and time again from people that mean well. Clearly, the education system has failed us all… so before Black History Month even begins, let’s discuss the history of Black History Month. 

Without meetings, without rituals, ceremonies, myths and symbols, there can be no great people. Afro Americans, recognizing this… went out into the alleys and the fields and formed their own institutions, and in the process, invented themselves. - scholar Lerone Bennett Jr, 1968

Firstly, Black Americans used to have yearly celebrations in remembrance of Emancipation. A terrific book about these celebrations is Festivals of Freedom: Memory and Meaning in African American Emancipation Celebrations, 1808-1915It was at the 3 week long 50th Emancipation celebration in Washington D.C.  that Carter G. Woodson first found his inspiration for what we now call Black History Month.

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Thousands of Black people waited in long lines to see exhibits about the progress Blacks had made since Emancipation. Woodson, who had a doctorate degree from Harvard, also had an exhibit set up. Seeing so many people anxious to know their history inspired Woodson to form the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), “an organization to promote the scientific study of black life and history.”

He established The Journal of Negro History in 1916 and hoped that others would popularize the research he and his fellow scholars published. He began to promote their uncovered Black achievements. He was able to get his Omega Psi Phi fraternity brothers to establish a successful Negro History and Literature Week, but Woodson wanted more. In February, 1926, Woodson sent out a press release announcing Negro History Week.

"Woodson chose February for the reasons of tradition and reform.” 

  • Tradition: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass both have birthdays in February. Republicans and Blacks had already been celebrating Lincoln’s birthday (12th) and Blacks had been celebrating Douglass’ birthday (14th). By not creating something completely new but rather extending on celebrations that were already there, Woodson sought to increase his chance of successfully establishing Negro History Week.
  • Reform: Woodson did not particularly like the celebrations held for Lincoln and Douglass. He believed that history and progress was made by people, not just by great men. He wanted to shift the focus away from just two individuals to the entire race. 

So, there you go.

How popular was Negro History Week? Was Negro History Week meant to be permanent or temporary? How did Negro History Week become Black History Month? How would Woodson feel about the commercialization of Black History Month? Read more (via ASALH)

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How to Dupe Americans

culturedecay:

  1. First raise the prices of homes in certain areas, making it difficult for minorities to live there (this in addition to the institutional racism found in banks that regularly deny home loans to blacks and browns irrespective of credit).
  2. Then create a legal justification for segregating schools by implementing “school zones” in the administration; the idea that if a student lives too far from the school (out of zone) the likelihood of truancy and tardiness increases. So, certain schools for certain kids.
  3. Thus succeed in legally maintaining segregated schools with some being predominately white, and others being predominately black/latino (with a few integrated ones to keep up the illusion of racial equality). Because hey Hakim Jones, you’re 10 miles out of our zone but you are within range of Underpaid Teachers and 40 Kids In A Class High School. Check that one out :) 

Tada.

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Institutional Racism

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The actual people who work with our children care a lot more about them than the superintendents and city officials too busy firing people and closing schools to even notice them.

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"Today is a day of mourning for the children of Chicago. Their education has been hijacked by an unrepresentative, unelected corporate school board, acting at the behest of a mayor who has no vision for improving the education of our children. Closing schools is not an education plan. It is a scorched earth policy. Evidence shows that the underutilization crisis has been manufactured. Their own evidence also shows the school district will not garner any significant savings from closing these schools.

This is bad governance. CPS has consistently undermined school communities and sabotaged teachers and parents. Their actions have had a horrible domino effect. More than 40,000 students will lose at least three to six months of learning because of the Board’s actions. Because many of them will now have to travel into new neighborhoods to continue their schooling, some will be victims of bullying, physical assault and other forms of violence. Board members are wishing for a world that does not exist and have ignored the reality of the world we live in today. Who on the Board will be held responsible? Who at City Hall will be held responsible?"

Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis commenting on today’s news that the Board of Education has voted to close 50 Chicago public schools.

While only around 40 percent of children in Chicago are black are Latino, 90 percent of children whose schools will be shuttered are black or Latino.

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fuck this country. fuck this country. FUCK THIS COUNTRY

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Rahm Emanuel can go to Hell

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But Obama is telling Black students they don’t value education, while his mans and them do shit like this. 

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…the story behind a corruption scandal so brazen and cruel it defies imagination. Between 2003 and 2008, two Pennsylvania judges accepted millions of dollars in kickbacks from a private juvenile detention facility in exchange for sending children—girls and boys, some as young as 11—to jail…

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Just wanted to add, that according to the Department of Education Black students (especially boys and children with disabilities) face more and harsher punishments in public schools and are being pushed out of schools into the criminal justice system.

thesmithian:

…the story behind a corruption scandal so brazen and cruel it defies imagination. Between 2003 and 2008, two Pennsylvania judges accepted millions of dollars in kickbacks from a private juvenile detention facility in exchange for sending children—girls and boys, some as young as 11—to jail…

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Just wanted to add, that according to the Department of Education Black students (especially boys and children with disabilities) face more and harsher punishments in public schools and are being pushed out of schools into the criminal justice system.

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