Provoking racism?

Canada
February 28, 2010 1:47pm CST
Hi! I'm new here, this is my first discussion :) Today is the 28th, last day of the month of february, black history month. I am an african canadian woman ;) but I have always wondered but never really came to a conclusion, and now I wonder what your thoughts are on this matter. It seems to me that when things like black history month focus on one distinct racial or ethical group it almost provokes racism. Its like saying THIS is a month to honor all african american/canadian people, ok, so what about the rest of the people? We are all humans, isnt the idea of no racism to all be equal? so why do we have to have specialized months and events, can't it just be for everyone, equally? Anyways, what do you think?
5 responses
@xfahctor (14124)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
28 Feb 10
Im an irish/austrian/french -american man. I wonder what would happen if someone here in the states started a group called the NAAWP (national association for the advancement of white people), we already have the NAACP, so why not, right? Or how about a new caucus group in our congress, called the "Congressional White Caucus"? We already have the congresional black caucud, so why not? Or how about if I started a television station callw "WET" (white entertainment television)? We already have BET (black entertainment television) so why not my idea? To me it does seem to perpetuate racism and it often operates under a double standard. If someone had tried any of the ideas I mentioned there would be people screaming for heads and AL Sharpton would be on every news network rallying against them. I'd be branded a racist. People keep saying that race shouldn't matter, yet alot of these same people are working very hard to make sure it matters. I'm in full agreement with you, we are HUMANS. Welcome to mylot by the way!
• Canada
28 Feb 10
Thank you for your input, I agree with you completely, you have made valid points that really make me think... And thank you for welcoming me! "WET" lol.
• United States
21 Sep 10
Because as a black woman, every time I turn on the TV I have to flip through several stations before I find a show I can relate to. Because as a black woman, my community does not have the resources or motivation yet to participate in predominantly white politics. You want a political group or TV station? MTV, VH1, NBC, American Conservative Union, the Conservative Caucus, etc.
@feodda (579)
• Philippines
1 Mar 10
racism is everywhere... hope it would really stop. hope they will treat people equally... not judging them by color, race, gender, etc. but i bet you... i really appreciate most of the black people because of their voice... they really sing very excellent. and they have a good heart too.
• United States
22 Sep 10
That's a gross generalization. I'm black but I can't sing. And the goodness of one's heart is not dependent on one's color.
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@Niltusk (131)
• United States
28 Feb 10
I think its important to remember where we all came from (I'm German/Irish) and if people want to commemorate it, I have no problems with it, whatever makes everyone happy. I was actually curious by the term african-canadian, what does that mean? Is that just african american born into canada? or are you from somewhere else? In the US people refer to themselves sometimes as African-Americans which represnts the two continents, but Ive never heard it referred to as African-UnitedStatism, so thats why I am asking.
• Canada
28 Feb 10
Well, me, my background is Egyptian, I was born in the Middle East, but I am technically a "Canadian" because I have my citizenship, I just tend to say African-Canadian because it feels more right than saying African-American because I don't consider myself an American even though Canada is North America, if you catch my drift... I just thought if you are African and you are Canadian then you are African Canadian, lol. Thanks for your reply anyway.
@vjenkins86 (1478)
• United States
28 Feb 10
First, welcome. That is an interesting consideration because you do have a point. Black History Month and Hispanic Month are like saying these months are for minorities, but what about other ethnicities? What about Italians, Indians, Asians, Irish, Greek, etc.? These months were suppose to help honor and show awareness for minorities' history and contribution, but like you said its almost separating the racial groups. In a way, by continuing to perpetuate this distinction, we are condoning the idea that we are not all completely equal. In a perfect world, these distinct months would become obsolete because everyone would be seen as humans; Canadians, Americans, etc. end of story. Oh well. Here's to hoping that we'll come closer to that world in the future. Happy Mylotting
• Canada
28 Feb 10
Thank you for welcoming me! Exactly! The way I see it, we are all humans, one of the same kind, Mankind, people should focus on the inside rather than our skin colour hair colour eye colour height which are all just part of our shells. Deep down we are one and the same!
• United States
1 Mar 10
I totally agree with you, I am Hispanic, although my family is from from Europe, so I look very white, and it used to bother me, when I grew up in my country when people used to make fun of me because I was too white, and no one would tell them anything, but if someone else would make fun of other person telling them that they are too black, then those persons will be consider racist, I think we are all humans, and we should always have the same rights and advantages in this society. So do something like "Black Month History" in my opinion is sending a message that Black people is weakness in some way and they need attention from others, which is no truth. But it send a wrong message to the people, and it can promote even more racism.