Originally posted by apodictic
reply to post by Sphota
Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the
United States (US) and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in the month of October.
No, this pretty much backs up my point. African Diaspora: As in, the people descended from the slaves in the Americas. The ones in England, I assume,
would be from Jamaica and the Lesser Antilles, who have recently moved to England (not meaning all Black people in England - just those who were part
of the diaspora).
The goal of Black History Week was to educate the American people about African-Americans' cultural backgrounds and reputable
Again, this backs up my point. It says that the goal is geared toward the education of Americans about African-American cultural backgrounds and
achievements...not all Black people of the United Black Race.
Your view of "Black history month" is different than the view of those all over who support it.
Again, no, look above.
Either way you put it, it puts a barrier between people of different skin colors. This is why racism today still exists, because things like
this do not make people look at humans as a whole, it makes humans classify themselves into races. Race does not even exist. It should not be looked
at as achievements of people of a different skin color. That is my point. It segregates people of different skin colors. It should be looked at as
human achievements, not Black achievements.
I totally agree.
It very much has to do with skin color, and how you can say it doesn't, is beyond me. Just look at the name. "Black"
I totally dis
agree. Black is the outdated term used to describe these people of African ancestry in the US. They are not ONLY of Sub-Saharan
African ancestry. Have you never known anyone with only one "Black" grandparent? Are they Black? Aren't they "White", too?
Why is one-drop the rule?
This is a cultural issue, not a racial one.
I'm not sure how much more I can reiterate this point: Black History Month deals with the descendants of the African Diaspora (meaning slavery). These
people did not always come directly to the US from Africa, many having actually descended from people in Haiti or other parts of the Caribbean and
especially Brazil for many, many generations prior to working the cotton fields in South Carolina.
Case in point: "Pickaninny" from Portuguese, pequeninho
, meaning "little one".
American Black People can technically, to some extent because of mixing, claim ancestry to:
West African Ethnic groups like Ewe, Fan, Igbo, Yoruba, Mende and so on.
Portuguese Southern Africa: Angola and Mozambique
Tupi-Guarani tribes of Brazil
Please tell me how people who have come out of such mixing can be considered black and not "Black" (where the capital denotes the ethnically diverse
group specific to the US)?
The skin color is not prevalent here. It is a semantic quirk in the language.
edit on 13-2-2011 by Sphota because: quoted the whole