5 Things White People Need to Stop Asking During Black History Month
Posted on February 22, 2016
Dear white people: Black History Month is a reminder of the important place black folk hold in history and in the present; it is not a moment to feed white people’s curiosities about blackness.
White people tend to have one of two reactions to Black History Month. Either they act like it doesn’t exist, or they see it as an opportunity to do and say things they wouldn’t during any other month of the year. Like so many other things, something that is supposed to center blackness suddenly has become something for white people to twist to their own preferences. And I, speaking on the behalf of black people everywhere, am sick of it.
So if you are white and happen to be reading this, please take these notes to heart and share amongst your white brethren and sistren. Here are five people or things for you to stop asking black people about during Black History Month.