Why is it "black" history? After all that we now know from our past concerning the separation, hatred and segregation of our society and why things were once "white" and "black" in our country, we must ask why these linguistic relics still comprise our vocabulary and speech. Of course hundreds of years ago and even less than a hundred years ago under Jim Crow, "black" businesses, institutions and organizations were required and the segregation fundamental to their existence was at the time the proper way to conduct business in our country. With that in the proverbial rearview mirror, it is time for a re or deprogramming of our minds to accommodate the modern realities.
Today we welcome the annual "Black" history month; a time to reflect on the accomplishment of dark-skinned people whose genetic makeup would largely come from the African continent. While that description was somewhat lengthy, it does more accurately define what we are doing. The only problem is that due to colonial ambitions and conquest over many centuries, mixed with migration patterns and the mixing of human populations, almost no one in the U.S. is left untouched by the genetic makeup that would include the African continent.
However, to this day, we still make judgments on who gets to be termed "black." I can't help but think of that line from the Meet The Robinsons movie of many years ago, "I'm just not sure how well this plan was thought through."
Our society is one that was created by people from all over the globe, who have shaped what it means to be an American. From Africa to Asia and from Europe to Australia and beyond, our history, like most all other cultures worldwide, is one of large scale population mixing for the last four and half centuries.
Native Americans were shown to have mixed with other people groups prior to the arrival of the pilgrims. Is that "black" history? The story of "black" or "brown" or "colored people" in America clearly predates the trans-atlantic slave trade.which identifies the problem of trying to state that there is such a thing as "black" history because it depends on how you define "black."
Without going down that road, we should simply become technically accurate and call it "history."
After all, that is what it is. Because "black" can not be clearly defined with any sense of rationality, it is best if we did not only what is most expedient, but also what is most rational. Though our skin tones are varying shades, none of us is "white" or "black" but we are all part of each other. All history is therefore relevant to us. Lets tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. That there is history and just like "race," there is only one.