Black History Month...... Racist?
While looking for topics to write a media journal on, I came across a letter to the editor from an article in the Collegiate Times titled, "Black History Month Is Racist By Definition." I found the title ignorant enough, and relevant enough, that I read the whole web-page.
The author of the primary response, Clint Camealy, argues the idea of creating "White History Month," where he could honor such figures as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. After suggesting other options which he all deems as "terrible ideas," he suggest focusing on holidays for specific people and not for whole races. Before reading the responses to his letter, I recalled how this topic had been mentioned in class. Every day is "White History Month."
The second part of the web-page has the response to Clint's rant. As expected, people made comments about how every month is white history month and how Clint was just being ignorant. Clint is a perfect example of the "Whiteness Theory." Whether he recognizes it or not, he sees being white as "natural" and doesn't recognize he is more privileged as a white man. It sounds as if he sees "Black History Month" as unnecessary and obtrusive. It could be similar to the situation in the in-class video we saw, where the white man was told that he couldn't see the inequality because being white, he could not relate to the other people's situations.