Why I Call Black History Month AMERICAN History Month

by Nadra Enzi, Contributing Writer

Casting my eyes back to the segregated world which produced Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s Negro History Week – precursor to Black History Month, I wonder yet again about its relevance.

If we need ethnic cheerleading at this late date of 2015, then surely we’ve overlooked epic progress from late last century. If it’s overarching concern is reminding the rest of America about our contributions, my statement about overlooking epic late 20th century progress still applies.

I know my ethnicity and am aware others percieve it too, either by joy expressed as one of the few “year-round suntans” at conservative events to visible apprehension some pedestrians demonstrate while walking toward me on a dark sidewalk. My color only runs skin deep. It tells you nothing about my character nor philosophy. It’s a vantage point for intimately understanding an imposed collective experience, not a value unto itself. As a contributor to The Bold Pursuit, I sometimes offer dispatches informed by this experience. Other submissions address issues of concern to conservatives without thought about the status of their suntans. This site thoughtfully explores challenges facing people who promote indiuidualism. As such, it is a logical-and cherished-place for me to share thoughts with like-minded folks.

Liberty is at once too broad and too intimate to reduce to being the exclusive province of one self-appointed elite. Our nation has a cast of characters from colonists, captives, confederates and abolitionists who gave all in pursuit of this concept. If anything, February’s Black History Month could be renamed, American History Month, since we are woven into every strand of the national fabric – instead of sewn separate from it.

Looking forward from the segregation which produced what is now known as Black History Month, I see no need to resegregate myself. As a strand of the national fabric, year-round suntan and all, I still see February as American History Month. American history is OUR history and our history is AMERICAN history!

Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black is a contributor to The Bold Pursuit  and anti-crime activist.

#CAP BLACK IS HERE! is his blog: http://www.capblackishere.blogspot.com

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s