Freedom is not free. Anyone who thinks that has not read their history.
So many black American people died, were tortured, beaten, raped, hung and hurt so we black Americans today have the privileges we do.
If not for the civil rights movement of the 60’s things would be very different. I cannot imagine having to sit in the back of the bus, not being able to use any bathroom I wanted when I needed to pee, having access to decent medical treatment or worrying about walking after dark.
Black folks have contributed so much to the world, as scientists, doctors, lawyers, business owners, poets, artists and much more. Really the history books should put everyone in one book and acknowledge anyone’s contribution to making this world a better place.
It never ceases to amaze me at the strength of black women.
I think of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, she was brave. Living in those times was scary for anyone of color.
I think of Martin Luther King’s words “I have a dream”. It still gives me chills when I think of the depth of his words and the power they still hold.
Life is definitely better for black people though, there will always be some struggle, I think that is the way of the world. The way that we frame our challenges and struggles defines how we live our life.
I am proud of my heritage. It is truly steeped in Americana. Some of my ancestors were slaves; some of my ancestors were slave owners.
Different races of people (the melting pot) is a part of what makes America, America. That sounds odd, but think about it. People from other countries come here because they want a better life. People who wanted a better life started this country. Some came willingly, others were forced and now we are all here, trying to work it out.
African people came over here and brought so much with them that is now apart of the fabric of America, foods, medicine, music, and much more.
There really shouldn’t be a month to celebrate black American contributions to America. They should just be included. Until such time as all contributions are accorded equanimity, I am glad
Black history month happens and reminds me of where we came from.