|Posted on Friday, December 16, 2005 - 03:24 pm: |
I recall reading somewhere that Carter Woodson, the man responsible for designating February as a month to focus on black history, never intended for it to be a permanent thing; just a temporary commemorative to advance the idea of having this subject taught in schools. Many black scholars and academics agree with Morgan Freeman, saying that black history is American history. During the 1800s America was flooded with waves of immigrants from Europe and they provided the cheap labor that fueled the industrialization of the North, toiling in the steel mills and sweat shops and coal mines while the Chinese immigrants built the trans-continental railroads. During slavery black labor was present in the building trades, but after Reconstruction because of Jim Crow practices, blacks were mostly restricted to sharecropping farms in the south. We all know that Blacks are responsible for the only original music form of America, which is one of our greatest contribution to the culture. Blacks also produced inventors and scientists and outstanding artists and athletes, but so did the many other ethnic groups. All of this is why I say that since blacks are woven into the fabric of the American tapestry they shouldn't be separated from American history.