Black History month seems to be a controversial topic no matter what time of year it’s held. In the UK we acknowledge Black History in October, the Americans celebrate in February.
If you’ve been on Twitter this month, you’ll know that this simple acknowledgement of our history causes problems to some people. This year we had the hashtag #whitehistorymonth which was occasionally witty and ironic tweets from black folks schooling white folks on their privilege.
so people are asking for a #WhiteHistoryMonth? well anyone who has been to school in america at any level knows that there are already 11
— Ghetto Othello (@mad_DEEN) February 22, 2013
There were also some serious tweets where some white folks had caught feelings over Black History month. The video above examines the concepts of equality, privilege, and economic class in terms that even the most ignorant should be able to understand.
There isn’t a #whitehistorymonth because having your slaves taken away isn’t nearly as much of a hardship as it is being the slave
— Max Brown (@Sun_Thief) February 21, 2013
Everyone had slaves Back Then : Reassuring that Founding Fathers Stay Heroes #WHiteHistoryMonth
— Maame (@obaa_boni) February 20, 2013
Detour!Spotting, For White Anti-Racists
By Jona Olsson