OPINION: Black History Month Is Losing Attention

OPINION: Black History Month Is Losing Attention

Nasreene Gant, OwlFeed Journalist

As we progress into February, in ads and on the front of Google, we begin to see more and more of the pioneers that guided us through some of the hardest times .

Black History Month is a time dedicated to the remembrance of the people who stood up for the “minorities” and fought for change and equality. As it was, equality wasn’t very common in those days.

However, as they fought to make a difference in the world, they touched people’s hearts, minds and souls. They became pioneers, treasured by those who were treated differently.

Unfortunately, as a student in high school, I have realized over the years that the more we progress through the school years, the less this month of remembrance and inspiration is seen as an educational opportunity.

Even in middle school, they are starting to cut back on their teachings of Black History Month.

We no longer celebrate the month of unity and peace, but overlook it and continue on with our regular studies.

Schools should take the time to teach us more about Black History Month and how it came to be.

Black History Month
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We should be told about all the things that African Americans were involved in. That information is just what led up to fighting for freedom and equality.

“Rather than wait for February to do some token lessons attempting to acknowledge the complex experiences of African Americans, why not, (acknowledge it) during a lesson,” said Daniel Jocz on the HuffPost.

This would show us the mistakes that set us back and the hardships that led us to this moment in time.

Noticeably, Black History Month has become less and less of a learning opportunity in schools, so having it as a year-round celebration and learning chance in schools wouldn’t be so bad.

We would get to learn about our heritage and relatives if that was the case.

Black History Month’s “purpose needs clarifying and it’s message needs fine tuning,” said Lonnie Bunch at The Guardian.

He’s right.

It’s hard to distinguish the message and true meaning behind this monumental month when you don’t really get to learn much about it.

Mr. Espinoza, a teacher at Agua Fria, said that Black History Month “should not be considered Black History Month, it should be considered history and (we) should learn to share history of all origin.”

Black history is more than just a month and it’s more than just a celebration. It’s a part of our history and we should take every and all opportunities to discover more about our past, about the pioneers who strived for a better world.

They represent all the good things that we see before us today and that we will see in the future.