Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Black History Month: Like other “History” months, a chance to know more about our fellow Americans

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 2:33 PM

This is the time of year when crusty old farts on the Internet will post their dark mutterings about Black History Month. But I’d suggest that they are the ones who might benefit the most from paying attention to this month, just as men might learn a great deal if they paid more attention to Women’s History Month, rather than mocking it, as so many are wont to do.

We are living in an age when not only fake news warps the thinking processes of so many in America, but also fake history . . . if they know much history in the first place, that is.

It is so damned hard to fit much history into a Facebook meme, after all . . .

When a month is dedicated to a subject, be it Stalking Awareness Month, Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Women’s History Month,
Irish-American History Month, Confederate History Month, Jazz Appreciation Month, LGBT Pride Month, National Pastor Appreciation Month, Polish American Heritage Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month or a whole host of other dedicated occasions, it affords us all an opportunity to learn more about the subject, and the world around us.

These months, I like to think, are meant especially for those whose knowledge of a subject is lacking, and would like to learn more about it. And thanks to these dedicated times, that is exactly what has happened.

As for those who moan to the heavens about the lack of a White History Month, well, I think we pretty much covered that in high school . . .


Today’s Soundtrack

Swinging from the chandelier today, typing with my toes, while listening to the CD “Quidam,” from Cirque du Soleil.


Now on YouTube: Shamrock: Graveyard of Doom

The dying days of a former Route 66 town, Shamrock texas.


Quote of the Day

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him. - Leo Aikman

Tags: ,

From the ArkTimes store


Speaking of Shamrock, Texas


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Richard Drake

  • Congressman Steve Womack votes again, and his constituents pay the price

    It is to Congressman Steve Womack’s great advantage that so many of his constituents don’t read newspapers.
    • May 21, 2017
  • Ian Brady: A Monster finally dies

    When I was a child I knew all about bad guys. After all, I watched war movies, westerns and cop shows.
    • May 16, 2017
  • GOP: A Congress of Quislings?

    2017 may well prove prove to be when the Republican Party crosses the Rubicon. Will they continue to avert their eyes from what is happening in the White House, simply because the current occupant can be relied upon to sign anything sent his way, or will they, like the Claude Rains character in “The Man Who Reclaimed His Head,” get earn honor back?
    • May 13, 2017
  • More »

Most Shared

  • Conspiracy theorists

    Back in 2000, I interviewed Rev. Jerry Falwell on camera in connection with a documentary film of "The Hunting of the President," which Joe Conason and I wrote.
  • The health of a hospital

    The Medicaid expansion helped Baxter County Regional Medical Center survive and thrive, but a federal repeal bill threatens to imperil it and its patients.
  • Virgil, quick come see

    There goes the Robert E. Lee. But the sentiment that built the monument? It's far from gone.
  • Real reform

    Arkansas voters, once perversely skeptical of complicated ballot issues like constitutional amendments, have become almost comical Pollyannas, ratifying the most shocking laws.
  • That modern mercantile: The bARn

    The bARn Mercantile — "the general store for the not so general," its slogan says — will open in the space formerly occupied by Ten Thousand Villages at 301A President Clinton Ave.

Visit Arkansas

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Underutilized waterway is a hidden gem in urban Little Rock

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation