I agree with Curt Baker’s letter about Black History Month.
I certainly think it is important to recognize all significant contributions to American history, whether they be by black people or white people.
I really don’t think, as Jackson suggested last week, that every other month of the year is devoted to white history month.
The black people that Jackson mentioned invented some really wonderful things.
However, the reason we don’t recognize those particular inventions is for the same reason we never talk about the men and/or women who invented things like the toaster, automatic sliding doors and the machines we slide our cards in at Chapel.
Were those things invented by a white man or a black man? Do I really care? Of course not, but that does not mean I value their importance any less.
My point is that by having a month set aside for black history only, we are only further segregating ourselves.
I don’t believe in “separate but equal” any more than I believe in “separate but not equal.”
I believe that we need to have 12 months out of the year be “American History” month, mentioning all significant contributions to society whether they be by white or black people.
I have friends that I suppose you could say are black, but you know what? I don’t really even think of them as my “black” friends any more than I believe they refer to me as one of their “white” friends.
Let’s stop emphasizing the fact that we just happened to be born with different skin pigmentation, and let’s move on and make our history together as children of God.
junior IMC major