Why Doesn’t Women’s History Month Piss (Some of) You Off Like Black History Month Does?

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“All year long I am writing about race relations in America because things are so poor – anger and hatred seem to dominate the news. We are less tolerant than any point over the last 30 years.”

Seriously, just the thought of being educated or asked to celebrate or honor black history pisses some people off to the bone!

The history of both

I know women’s history month is observed in March and Black History Month is in February. I know that BHM was originally a week in honor of its creator, Carter G. Woodson, who was born in February. It was intended to recognize the contributions of America’s 2nd oldest minority – Blacks or African Americans.

I didn’t know the history behind Women’s History Month, but I assumed it’s similar, a month designed to recognize the achievements and contributions of women. Not wanting to be ignorant, I decided to research the history behind Women’s History Month and here it is,

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.”  Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.”  In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.”  Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.  Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” 

But for some reason, just the thought of BLACK HISTORY MONTH pisses some people off. “Why do we need BLACK HISTORY MONTH anyway, we don’t have White History Month?”

“Black History Month is divisive” and “I feel like it’s being forced on me.”

These are actual statements that I heard from real people in February, 2016, who do not consider themselves racist or intolerant in the least! What happened to tolerance and acceptance? Why can’t some people stand one month out of 12, of recognizing blacks and African Americans?

White History Month?

When my niece comes home from school and I ask her what she learned today, it’s always about White contributions to this country – never really anything about blacks unless its during Black History Month.

Let’s play a game, name 3 Civil Rights Leaders other than Dr. King and Rosa Parks? Quick, without using Siri or Google. I’ll wait.

Actually no, I won’t, now name 8 U.S. Presidents? How about naming the first woman to run for President? But I bet you know who our nation’s 1st President was?

Yet, you don’t see the need for black history month? (Bye Felicia)

Now let’s talk about women’s history. Does that make you mad? Is it divisive? Can you name 5 powerful or influential women right now? Any trailblazers?

My point is, issues of race makes some of you really mad – to the point where you can’t be reasoned with, however issues of sex does not seem to effect you the same way.

I think the thing that disappoints me so much is that in my lifetime, growing up in the 80s and 90s, hearing about racism, slavery and intolerance and experiencing just a little of it (being called a n*gger a few times) that now it’s as worse as it’s ever been.  Look at those disgusting Trump rallies, where whites, blacks and Hispanics are protesting and fighting.

It’s sad.

I look at The Academy Awards aka the Oscars where no racial minorities were recognized in acting, directing or screen writing for the 2nd straight year.

Ridiculous.

I look at law enforcement and the judicial system. It’s still unbalanced.

Schools – zoning schools across lines of poverty and class leads to a lack of education for minorities and poor people who are usually Hispanic and Black.

Flint, Michigan – the contaminated water supply!!

Infuriating

I can’t control being a black male just like a white woman can’t control her sex or race – and both classes are protected by law in order to ensure fair treatment in this country, so why does celebrating black culture piss some of you off so much?

Go ahead, tell me…both women and blacks are still discriminated against all the time (check the EEOC), both are still achieving 1st of their kind in a variety of industries…but only one seems to piss some of you off.

 

2 Comments

  1. Tlcolson

    I think women’s history month doesn’t bother even bigoted and/or misogyninistic white men, because it’s “cute”. While black history month pulls in the bigoted folks of both genders. (Larger group to whine about it) I don’t understand the logic. But thats,the way its presented to me.

    White women need to work harder on the intersectionality of it. I include myself in the “needs work” catagory.

    Rereading some of my historical research, which i intend to publish, I see where I had opportunities to discuss minority population segments, and I missed the mark. Working on fixing that. I can do better.

    1. newresource (Post author)

      That’s interesting. I have always felt that the plight of women is closely aligned to that of racial minorities. I think they are symbiotic. But it was interesting when a friend of mine told me that her boss didn’t want to even “get started” with black history month but has been spearheading women’s history month.
      I like them both, but it does open a the question, in regards to the workplace, where/when do you draw the line? Hispanic Heritage Month is in September and Asian-Pam American Month is May…

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