Feb 1, 2022
Black History really shouldn't have to have it’s own month because Black History is American History.
However, given the long and unsettling truth as it relates to the treatment of Black individuals in America, it is important to recognize it at length.
Black History Month is a great time to educate ourselves and celebrate the achievements of Black Americans; the time to recognize the vital role that individuals like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks for example, played in our country’s history. Additionally, it is the time to honor all of the men and women who broke down barriers and overcame adversities most of us couldn't imagine to shape this nation into what it is today.
There are a number of resources available that delve deeper into the lives of these individuals.
While honoring and learning about the accomplishments of Black Americans is a great way to celebrate Black History Month... glossing over, white washing and overlooking the unpleasant truths of our history is not.
Far too often, the brutal truths, like racism, injustices and systemic measures against the Black community are severely downplayed, even utterly ignored, when looking at the landscape of today's racial, economic and social inequities.
The very truths that all of us learned about are treated like some relic from the past that have no bearing on our country today; but that is simply not the truth.
The truth is, a pattern of racist and prejudice policies brought us to where we are today, and to look at issues only on the surface and ignore the diabolical and elaborate measures that this country took, be it segregation, housing discrimination, police policies and countless others, is not only a disservice to the truth, it is downright disrespectful to the Black men and women in America that have been treated so unfairly by the very country that promised to protect them.
Now as bleak as that may sound I don't believe that all hope is lost and I am not discouraged. Instead I am angry. I am motivated. We should all be motivated. We should all be inspired by the men and women who braved these circumstances and worked to get us to where we are today.
Racist inequities and injustices don’t have to continue. We can change the future outlook of this country. It starts by acknowledging the unpleasant truths of our past and recognizing that they are still present in our world today. We can’t ignore or pretend that segregation didn't happen and we cannot treat the Civil Rights Movement like this moment in time that just ended racism in this nation.
If we want to see true advancement and make America an equitable and fair place for all of us to live, we have to admit to ourselves that it currently isn't. We have to stop accepting the state of our country today as normal. We must learn from our past and confront our present and only then can we change our future.
- Jordan Grable
CEO, Echo Marketing
Below are some resources available if you're interested in learning more: