Black History Month
Black history month will be Wednesday, February first and end Tuesday, February twenty-eighth, acknowledging the accomplishments of african americans throughout history.
Black History Month was erected in 1926 when “Negro History Week” was announced to take place in the second week of february.
Critics argue the unfairness of this holiday, claiming that black history should not be condensed to one month.
“You’re going to relegate my history to a month?” Morgan Freeman said on CBS’ sixty minutes with Mike Wallace.
Freeman says that making it more prominent is having an opposite effect than intended.
“If you talk about it, it exists. It’s not like it exists and we refuse to talk about it, making it a bigger issue than it needs to be is the problem here.” Freeman said.
A lot of controversy has been embroiled from this event claiming that the celebration of one race is in fact racist. But aboutnews says that it is not holding claiming african americans to be superior, it is just bringing awareness.
“It works in exactly the same way as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October or Gay and Lesbian Pride Month in June.” Kelley from aboutnews said.
This year Oscar winners waned further away from a predominantly white group of victors. Viola Davis being one of them, won the Screen Actors Guild Award.
“There’s a lot of typecasting — age, sex, color, dark-skinned, light-skinned.” Viola Davis said on Variety.com.
She explains that certain people are in certain roles because they deserve it, regardless of any racial or general categorizations.