White History Month

White History Month
by Sean Jacobs

Every February here schools, McDonald’s, television, corporations, the advertising industry, celebrate Black History Month. The whole thing is a charade. That black people don’t get a break from police brutality, red lining, profiling or plain neglect, doesn’t matter.

In 20o7, Gary Younge (he is an ally) suggested that what we needed was a White History Month. Gary reminded us: “… So much of Black History Month takes place in the passive voice. Leaders ‘get assassinated,’ patrons ‘are refused’ service, women ‘are ejected’ from public transport. So the objects of racism are many but the subjects few.

In removing the instigators, the historians remove the agency and, in the final reckoning, the historical responsibility …

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