You want a White History Month? Okay. Let’s plan the curriculum.
Let’s talk about European nations acting like they already own the rest of the world, and thus dividing it up in trade negotiations. You get to pillage this part of Africa for gold and slaves, I get that part.
Let’s talk about how enslavement of African descendants is still happening, we just call it mass incarceration instead of slavery.
Let’s talk about millions of Indians kicked out of their own homes, because white people decided to intentionally divide India into an obviously conflict-prone situation by creating Pakistan.
Let’s talk about the even more war-torn region of Israel and Palestine, which only exists because white people decided that the best way to deal with the Jewish problem was to ship them off to a new country, in a place where a country already is.
Speaking of the Jewish problem, let’s talk about the holocaust, not as the worst event in history that magically occurred of its own volition, but as one of many equally horrid actions willfully enacted by a predominantly white nation, because being racist helps you win elections.
Speaking of the holocaust, let’s talk about eugenics. Let’s talk about how the United States did it first, testing the waters by killing disabled people and gay people, which a group of white people called the Nazis then copied.
Speaking of the United States, let’s stop talking about the fictional scientific explorer named Columbus and start talking about the actual genocidal conqueror named Columbus.
Let’s talk about the Founding Fathers following that act with “all men are created equal” which not only doesn’t include women, it somehow doesn’t include African men or native American men either. Enslave and kill all you want, and that goes for both. White people did that.
Let’s talk about that time a white man gave the order to drop a nuclear bomb on a city of millions of people, then after witnessing the devastating effects of this previously unseen type of weapon, ordered the military to drop a second bomb.
Let’s start writing in the history books right now that even most white women voted for Trump. Hitler and Jackson were democratically elected too. Guess what color their supporters were.
Are you seeing the pattern now? There is no White History Month because white people themselves don’t want to talk about white history.
ARTNOIR is excited to be collaborating with Black Lives Matter on their Black Futures Month project during Black History Month. This project is designed to inspire people during this challenging social & political climate through art and the written word to dream about tomorrow today.
Each day in February, Black Lives Matter will release an original piece of art and an accompanying written piece to reclaim Black History Month and demonstrate the importance of using art as both an inspiration and an organizing tool. Artists from around the world have been commissioned to use their genius to promulgate the conversation about systemic racism and violence against Black people.
So for some reason, I started singing The Lion Sleeps Tonight and I realised I don’t really know who originally wrote it. Turns out, it was written in 1939 as Mdube by Solomon Linda in Zulu and performed by The Evening Birds.
He was completely ripped off by The Weavers and other western musicians because they thought his music was “simply tribal”. That’s not all.
Like, what the fuck? He wrote one of the most iconic songs of all time and died in poverty. This wasn’t the 1800s. Black artists are still disenfranchised because of western ignorance and institutionalised racism.
Since it’s black history month, I thought I’d share this.
1974 - Grenada achieves independence from Great Britain
1967 - Chris Rock Born Comedian, author, recording artist, actor, and talk show host Chris Rock
was born in South Carolina. He will become a critically comedian,
hosting his self titled show on HBO. He will also bring to the forefront
a boycott of the flag of his birthplace. He will star in and make a few
movies of his own.
1946 - Filibuster in U.S. Senate killed FEPC bill
1945 - Irwin Molison appointed to Customs Court
1926 - Black History Week Carter G. Woodson creates Negro History Week.
In 1976 it became Black History Month.
1926 - Negro History week originated by Carter G.Woodson is
observed for the first time.
1883 - Eubie Blake born Eubie Blake, pianist, born.
February is Black History Month! Here are just a few Black Queer People who dedicated their lives to making the world a better place. Black history month is about remembering all the types of Black people who helped further the progress of justice. Thank you to all of those who paved the way.
Bayard Rustin (1912-1987)
A lot of times noted as the man that Homophobia Erased from History.His impact not illustrated seen in a lot of history books, Bayard Rustin became most recognized for his work for the civil rights movement. Bayard Rustin was the lead organizer of the March on Washington, and ultimately was one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s right hand men. From Marching on Washington, to his work in the Black Power movement, to being imprisoned for being in a relationship with a man and his advocation of the advancement for LGBTQA people, Bayard Rustin was a force to be reckoned with. Although he put so much of his time and effort into making the world a better place, his presence has been erased in some of the light of the civil rights movement because at the time people thought him being gay would hinder the advancement of black people.
Angela Davis (Born in 1944)
Angela Davis is a loved political activist, author, scholar, and professor. Davis contributed a lot to the Black Panther Party and worked hard for the advancement in the Civil Rights Movement. Davis was also very involved in Prisoners rights, and feminist theory (and where Women of color fit into mainstream white feminism). She also fought hard for the advancement of LGBTQA rights. Overall Angela Davis is a queer women of color whose list of activism efforts goes on and on. Angela Davis did and continues to spread her efforts to all types of oppression and injustices.
Marsha P. Johnson (1944-1992)
Marsha P. Johnson was a Black Trans Woman whose efforts for the queer community and overall essence of love and self acceptance in the face of ridicule touched the hearts of many. Marsha P. Johnson was a pivotal part of the Stonewall Riots, being at the epicenter of it all, (which isn’t always illustrated). She was noted as the person who “really started it all”. The stonewall riots really sparked queer and especially trans activism, but also essentially birthed what we now know as the Pride Parades. Another reason to remember to not erase the “T” in LGBTQA rights.
The Creatress Black Woman: My Black Herstory/History Month Contribution
I’ve been studying general Black History for over a decade while focusing specifically on black herstory because of the worsening of anti-black woman attacks and slander. This is why I created my Original Black Woman and Fighting Misogynoir platforms. It is my belief that knowing AND telling OUR OWN story coupled with some BWE and dark wisdom is the SINGLE thing that will re-evaluate black woman back to our original glory.
Even in my hotep days I saw AND acknowledged how black women’s her-story has been overshadowed during general discussions and or celebrations of Black History. Hoteps would shout, “Black Women are the Mothers of the Earth.” This is certainly true, however they talk as if giving birth to black people and the rest of humanity if the ONLY thing that black women did in history. I’m tired of it. This is why we and only we need to tell our own her-story.
Black Women didn’t just birth humanity and black people we birth civilization, culture, spirituality and divinity and everything in between. This is what it means when it is said WE ARE THE FIRST CAUSE and or CREATRESS of all things, if it weren’t for black women, nothing would be possible. This is what the diagram above explains. Black Women ARE THE ONLY group of people who can claim the titles of first cause, the first human, the first (original) woman, the alpha woman amongst many others, this is one of the PRIMARY reasons why black women catch so much hell on this planet.
I will be putting this on a shirt.
Happy Black History Month!
Happy Black Her-story Month!
R.J. Robinson aka The Original Black Woman aka Fighting Misogynoir
Don’t let your laugh be a small
Sister, let it break open the mountains and shake the very ground.
(Because laughin’ ain’t no small thing.)
Don’t let your smile simply stir the breeze.
Sister, let it leap out and make everyone around you weak in the knees.
(Because smilin’ ain’t no small thing.)
Sister, don’t shrink yourself to fit a pale, thin mold.
Sister, let out all that colour and music and take your revolutionary hold.
(Because you ain’t no small thing.)