First, I should give credit to badlandsbadly for bringing this topic up. If you haven’t seen it you should visit his blog. Typically he writes IH (intelligent humor for those of you who don’t live in my mind). His post was about Black History Month. Although I tried to express how I felt about this in the comments of his blog; I just couldn’t get the topic off my mind, so here we are.
When I think about ethnicity in America, I have some mixed feelings. There are a lot of benefits to having a diverse society. That being said, having a month dedicated to celebrating one group of individuals based on race, seems like it just reinforces segregation. Here is a summary of how I feel, but then I want to point out something that I haven’t heard anyone talk about.
“I think that there are so many people throughout history who have drastically changed the world. I think instead of having a “black” history month, each month should be dedicated to great inventors, scientists, artists, etc. It wouldn’t hurt for Americans to start learning about the people who have shaped this country, regardless of their ethnicity.
In fact, I think we should quit having African-Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, etc. Why can’t we all just be Americans? Each group of people has contributed to our society in good and bad ways. I understand being proud of your heritage, but the more we separate each group based on ethnicity, sex, age, or anything else, the less strength we have as a nation. A strong rope is made of different strands, but it is only strong when the strands are woven together.”
Ok, now for the subject no one seems to be addressing. Our President is the first black president right? Actually he’s not. His mom was white. He is the first president to have ever had the opportunity, based on physical qualities, to present the case for equality. I feel like he dropped the ball on this issue before he became president. The fact is, there are not many of us who are purely one race. In crude terms, most of us are mixed breeds…mutts if you will. Why the president did not point this out as part of his platform while running for president is beyond me.
When are we going to realize we are all different, and that difference is ok. In fact, it’s great. Race should not be celebrated or put down in this country. Achievements, inventors, great humanitarians, etc. should be celebrated regardless of race. Of course, that’s just my opinion. What do you think?
For information about potential mixed racial status of other presidents: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African-American_heritage_of_United_States_presidents