Well, that wasn’t quite the response I was looking for… Someone wrote to me immediately, not bothering to leave a comment on the article, thrashing me because he thought the whole piece was an attempt to demean “black history,” and say it is all a myth.
I just read the whole thing again and can’t see where I said any of that. Not even close. So, I’ll try to boil it down a bit to be clearer, I hope.
History is what you make of it, what you remember, value and pass on. Our history is a combination of things that happen to us as individuals, and things that happen to us as communities, geographical areas, ideological positions and so much more.
Each individual, family, community, etc. is directly responsible for the “history” they make, value and preserve. NOBODY can destroy that kind of history, unless nobody bothers to preserve it, of course.
“Black history” isn’t the only relevant history in the world, or even just in the US. Not even close.
Every race, creed, nationality and philosophy has been attacked, trashed, abused and vilified by someone, somewhere. Remember the American Indians? The treatment of the Irish, Chinese, and so many others since Europeans came to America? Have you read the history of the Irish over the last hundred years or so… fighting and killing each other in large numbers over the difference between two religious points of view? Plenty of atrocities on both “sides” to insure ongoing battles for another hundred years – as they argue and fight endlessly over their different takes on the “history” of the previous conflict, I suppose. What happened to the REST of Irish history? Is it to be forever forgotten under the crushing burden of this religious war?
Is the overall history of America to be crushed under the weight of this “race war,” and all of the demands for everyone to focus their lives on old grudges related to one small part of who and what we are as a people?
Almost every race and creed, etc. has kept chattel slaves of one sort or another down through the ages. Slavery was a very common fate for those captured in battle or conquered otherwise. I believe it is probably accurate to say that most of the slaves in the world, in all recorded history, were not “black.” And the terrible irony of the black slave trade is that it was started by blacks enslaving blacks, as well as selling their captured brothers and sisters to the Arabs and others from the beginning. So please, someone, tell me why the whole thing is somehow the “fault” of white Europeans?
Why is it so many people seem to think that ONLY “black history” matters – should matter to everyone and must be endlessly fought over now? Do you think that the propaganda fed to the population by controllers, Marxists, and others through government “education” and the mainstream media have anything to do with it? I do.
Still hope to see your comments here…