subwayrunnings

January 31, 2016
The Eve

Negro History Week, the precursor to Black History Month, starts tomorrow. The month was chosen because of two birthdays, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
The emphasis of this event was to encourage the teaching of African American History.
“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition; it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated,” Carter G. Woodson stated in the “Negro History Week” p239.
All you have to ask yourself is what has been taught about blacks and what have you learnt about the African American Diaspora, and you begin to understand how this race has remained underfoot in this country.
When I walk around this country and it doesn’t matter which city or state, I keep seeing the same sights.
A black man covered in his own feces sitting on a bench, seemed ok to everyone that used the Jay Street stop. They look away, some in disgust.
He has my face. He is a reflection of how people will see me. He is from my race, and therefore his demeanor will inevitably define not just black culture on a whole, but this black skin.
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