Minister Paul Scott from the Messianic Afrikan Nation (don’t ask me who they are) went on FOX News calling for black people (African Americans specifically) to boycott Black History Month. Why? Because he believes it has been hijacked by white organizations who want to give us their own version of black history.
Hmmm….When we didn’t have black history month, we were angry that no one gave us the necessary credit and respect for our overwhelming contribution to history. Now that we have black history month, someone is calling for it to be boycotted… Who wins here?!
I have my own issues with black history month – namely that it shouldn’t just be one month, nor should it be demarcated just ‘black’ history when it is such a fundamental part of not only the Western world, but humanity itself.
Reading hard between the lines, I kinda get where this guy is coming from. I think what he’s trying to say is that Black History Month has become a cynical way for corporations to use black history for their own ends (there are some pretty bad ads out there from some major corporations, believe me – see the one below). Unfortunately he just ends up sounding like an extremist who sees the world literally in black and white. The kind of guy who would call someone a racist for saying it’s night time or that the sky is black (trust me, those peeps exist)…
What bothers me is that anyone thinks it is helpful, or in any way progressive, to continue to have debates on race that are polarized in this way… Thank God for Obama eh?!
Example of a cynical / crappy Black History Month ad: