Originally I had plans to attend the black history presentation at Hoover High School. However, after giving it careful thought, I decided that in the best interest of unity I should not. Although it would have given me the opportunity to learn about the sponsoring Black Advisory Committee, its purpose, goals and objectives, there is a very basic issue that I would have been compelled to raise. Instead of tainting the evening, I'll raise it now.
I looked through my ninth-grader's history book to see to what extent it referred to the black experience in the history of America. The lack of any reference only verified what I already knew: Not a single mention of any of the many statesmen and heroes from all walks of life, male or female, who contributed to the struggle for black freedom, as well as the making of this country. This is one of the boldest statements this society can make to perpetuate and reinforce a "lesser," unequal status of a people, further accented by a continued acceptance of a once-yearly "celebration" during the year's shortest month.
To add insult to injury, I've become aware that many schools are doing a variety of meaningless things to "celebrate" "Black History Month" such as talent shows and "The Boot Connection." Then there was Hoover High's fashion show. My question obviously is: What does a fashion show have to do with black history?