Black History Month is an annual observance began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.
In the United States and Canada, the month begins/is celebrated in February while in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom it is observed in October.
The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week”.
This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century.
Negro History Week was the center of the equation. The thought-process behind the week was never recorded, but scholars acknowledge two reasons for its birth: recognition and importance. Woodson felt deeply that at least one week would allow for the general movement to become something annually celebrated.
Systematic racism and inequality is a problem not only in the United States, but all around the world. We may not face it on a daily basis but there are people who are constantly facing problems simply because of their skin color.
We see blue pigs shooting black people for no reason, companies don’t hire non-white people, people discriminating against race minorities, and many other stuff. We believe, at least in US, racism is systematic because federal agencies and government does not do anything against it.
We believe we have a systematic racism because we see how government is doing nothing to make racism go away. This should stop. The Black History Month may be a good time for us to educate each other about race and culture and our differences as well as demanding an end to racism.