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Commentary: Black history deserves more than a month

Christian Orozco, Editor in Chief

Christian Orozco, Editor in Chief

The 28 days of Black History Month are over. Now students can turn the page in their American history books and spend months learning about the industrial revolution and the cold war.

Every four years black history month gets lucky and has 29 days instead of the hasty 28. But black is just as American as apple pie, and I want to hear about it every month.

The names that are brought up during black history month are names of great men and women who were fearless and innovative in the way they thought.

But if we are going to designate a certain month to black history, we should celebrate all the faces of black history, the faces that stood up for what they believed in during a time of adversity, the faces that would stop at nothing to gain their civil liberties no matter what the government did to try and bring them down.

We are not living in J. Edgar Hoover’s America, it is okay to celebrate people who were affiliated with the Black Panther Party, it is okay to label Angela Davis as one of the greatest intellects of her time, so let’s put all of this in our history books.

Davis’ affiliation with the Communist Party should have nothing to do with how we see her actions and what she has done, not only the black community and women, but for America as a whole. The fact that they did have different political beliefs should show how great and free of a country America is.

It’s okay for America to admit their mistakes in labeling civil rights activists as threats in the past and forcing many of them to live in exile.

Men like Stokely Carmichael and Huey P. Newton get a bad reputation for using violence, as opposed to the great Martin Luther King Jr.’s non-violent ways of protest.

But given the context in the time that they were living in, there was so much violence geared towards the black community.

Many great men in American history have pushed back when pushed too far. Our founding fathers were pushed too far by the British and started a revolution that included a war; the same concept applies to these men during the 1960s and ‘70s.

They were being suppressed and stripped of civil liberties. America was in need of another revolution and great men and women brought it to America’s doorstep. As Americans we must realize that black history does not only last 28 days out of the 365 in the year.

Black history is all the other 11 months in the year, so let’s not cram it into the shortest month of the year. Let’s finally celebrate all the men and women who contributed to the civil rights movement.

Christian Orozco, a junior journalism major, is editor in chief of the Campus Times. He can be reached by email at christian.orozco@laverne.edu.

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