Can you name both of the women in this photo?
image from Washington Post, photographer credit Bettmann/Getty
The whole point of Black History Month is that Black history is American history.
We’re not going to get into all the political debates about making it illegal to teach African American Studies, because really??
We’ll just invite you to pay attention to the representation you see around you (or not) and if you’re a member of the majority culture (meaning, you’re a white person in the U.S.) that you consider the differences that your experience of everyday life may entail, compared to a person of color. Things like driving a car. Basics like that.
And, it can be meaningful to reflect on who writes the history, who is in the culture, whose names get retained.
In case you did not recognize the woman on the left, it’s jazz great Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song.
For those in the U.S. and truly many parts of the world, Black History is all of our history. We spoke last year about why we highlight this here on the blahg in case you want to further understand the purpose of these sorts of posts.
Learning about cultures that aren’t our own can help us connect with others, and having our own culture reflected through media and public discussion is what all people deserve.
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