Expert: Observing Black History Month Still Important

Black History Month is in February, and while celebrating the contributions of African-Americans to U.S. society remains important, there is still work to be done to completely end racism.

Pitch

Black History Month is in February, and while celebrating the contributions of African-Americans to U.S. society remains important, there is still work to be done to completely end racism.

 

Expert

Karlos Hill, assistant professor of history, (806) 742-3744 or karloskhill@gmail.com

 

Talking Points

  • Origin, history and intentions of the February commemoration
  • Importance of people continuing to observe Black History Month
  • Different criticisms of observing Black History Month

 

Quotes

  • “Black History Month critics often argue that an African-American history month ‘ghettoizes’ the history because it suggests that it is only necessary to celebrate the contributions of African-Americans to US society one month out of 12 and, more importantly, it suggests that African-American history is separate rather than constitutive of American history.
  • “My criticism of Black History Month is that it has become a comforting ritual for congratulating ourselves on how far we as a nation have come rather than critically assessing the work that remains to be done.”
  • “Black History Month remains an important American institution — regardless of the criticisms that have been launched against it — because it attempts to repair the accumulated damage that racism and historical amnesia have wreaked on American culture and society.”