By Rigoberto Martinez
Black history month has been around since the 1920s. When it first started it started off as a week that soon expanded to a whole month. Since then it has become a huge deal and it has also become a controversial topic.
“The country needed to seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history,” said former president Gerald R.Ford.
Many people feel like black history month is not necessary anymore but then there are also people who believe we should still have it.
“Black history month should exist because even today African Americans are still not treated fairly,” said Chris.
This is true African Americans are still being treated very unfairly in today's society. In the article “Racial Discrimination Still Rules” the article says “more than half of black Americans still experience some form of racial bias, with systemic effects ranging from unequal prison terms to premature death, according to a new poll from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health”. This is affecting the way people look at African Americans. People today are still racist and are bias towards other races. But on the other hand, people would argue saying it’s not fair to devote an entire month to one race. “I think people celebrate black history month to Honor all the African Americans who have fought for the country and who have done amazing things, ” said Isabelle. Many African Americans have gone unnoticed for too long and this month we honor all who have been forgotten. By honoring them people will paint a different picture of what they think about African Americans. This is a reason we need a black history month to show all the great things African Americans have done. In black history month movies also play a big part in how African Americans are being treated today. Movies like Black Panther, and Get Out show some of the struggles African Americans go through. “I think that movies play a big part in Black history month because it shows the struggles African Americans deal with and how being African American affects them,” said Liliyana. Representation is a big deal in today's society. Kids need to watch people that look like them in movies. African Americans need to see themselves in different roles other than just the maid or gardener. Some people do get ticked of because their race doesn't get an entire month. “I do feel like it is unfair that African Americans get an entire month because everyone talks about it and there are commercials and movies about it and then Lantios are still being discriminated even by our own president and we don’t even get a Latino history month,” said Lilliana. “The history of America is built on the backs of African Americans so it is important for them to get an entire month,” said Gweneth. Many people are very passionate about this topic and have a strong feeling towards it. At the end of the day, everyone has their own opinion and are free to discuss how they feel. Know one is right and no one is wrong it all depends on what you believe.
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