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These Schools Called “Shameful” For Calling Black History Month “Diversity Month”

By Victor Trammell and Nomalanga Mhauli-Moses

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Founded in the U.S. by Carter G. Woodson in 1926, Black History Month is celebrated in February of every year. It is a month-long commemorative holiday, which honors black men and women who have accomplished extraordinary feats against all the odds that America’s historically racist society has imposed on them.

Woodson was a historian, journalist, and author who founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. This non-profit organization and necessary American institution still exists to this day.

On the other hand, the history that has been made by black Americans in the U.S. is not just relevant to Europe and the Americas. It is relevant to the entire globe.

Oppressed people in countries located in every continent have drawn a bevy of inspiration in their fight against societal injustice by learning about people like Sojourner Truth, Maya Angelou, Marcus Garvey, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Black History Month has never been about encouraging the hatred of people of European descent or taking away any historically great contributions from the those people over the course of mankind’s existence. It was created to make sure that the valiant contributions of those in the U.S. of African descent would never be forgotten. Black history is not just black history or even just American history. Black history is world history.

However, a story has emerged in the U.K. about leaders inside local school districts who have unnecessarily renamed Black History Month for their own progressive cultural purposes.

According to The Guardian, a national British newspaper, council members in the Hillingdon borough on London, England’s west side enjoyed defeating efforts last month to reinstate Black History Month in its schools. Since 2007, the month is celebrated differently and focuses on events like “Culture Bite,” which is heavy on activities like country dancing and dining on South Asian cuisine. In a southern region of London, Black History Month has been replaced with “Diversity Month.” These realities have infuriated a number of black activists in Britain. Patrick Vernon, the editor of Black History Magazine called one of the alternative celebrations “shameful.”

Vernon was speaking of an event held at a Catholic primary school in the east of London where the lead teacher encouraged parents to send their children to school in filthy and unkempt clothes to play the role of slaves for a racist-themed “special assembly.”

“Black History Month was established 30 years ago because the black experience in Britain was not recognized in the national curriculum and in mainstream society. Unfortunately we do not live in a post-racial Britain. If we did, perhaps we would not need Black History Month,” Vernon said, according to The Guardian. Thankfully, black parents in Europe and America can establish their own educational alternatives, which will make sure that their children will never have to go through the institutionalized racism that is plaguing schools all over the Western world.

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