Mad About Black History Month? Take Some #WhiteHistoryClasses

PostBourgie contributor Tracy Clayton aka Brokey McPoverty (you may know her as the woman behind Little Known Black History Facts took over Twitter yesterday when her #WhiteHistoryClasses started trending. You can guess what kind of person it’s intended to poke fun at.

Check out her Storify archive below of her favorite 70+ #WhiteHistoryClasses tweets by folks all across the internet.

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4 thoughts on “Mad About Black History Month? Take Some #WhiteHistoryClasses

  1. A Kunzman

    I. love. these tweets, and I love twitter!! More black people use twitter than any other demographic (according to a recent poll/survey) so it’s a really radical antiracist hotbed where people keep it real and say what they wanna say. I love the all the different examples people brought up from weaves to columbus to affirmative action. hope it keeps trending

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  2. K. Alexander

    I agree with A Kunzman! However, saying this (“why’s there no white history month”) is white privilege at it’s finest- you learned that Lincoln freed slaves, not WEB Du Boise rewriting the entire history of Reconstruction. You learn about the same 5-6 black people every month, as if they were the only ones that did something (never mind, never learning about the Black Republican Congress that formed after Reconstruction). Also, white privilege tries to justify the acts of slavery of the American presidents to reclaim patriotism- hence, why George Washington “was a great guy, except that he owned slaves, but still a great guy!”, and that Andrew Jackson was an awesome president, even though he forcibly removed Native Americans illegally. Also, the Holocaust (while very important) is taught in schools, but the Eugenics movement- which inspired the Holocaust and killed and sterilized POC- are generally ignored. Our entire history books is built off of white privilege by gracing and justifying European/American culture (I wrote an essay about this before). The presentation of POC in education is, too, built off of white privilege: POC history are either quickly “additive” (couple sentences about important black folks and that’s it) or in an entire seperate class that’s special or not even taught (ie: Chicana/o studies). Native Americans in history books disappear after the 1700’s, which indicates their entire history as “primitive” “old” “non-existing”.

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  3. Andy Hou

    I agree with both Amanda and Kadeja. White supremacy has been promoted to a status where it does not need to be mentioned ever again, because of the privileged people who have resources and access to various fields where people of color couldn’t. I believe that the Black History Month is a dilemma, or for the lack of a better word, an observance to show some equality to the black folks, which is seemingly a privileged month for African Americans or African descents to stand out and do something extraordinary beyond their usual-oppressive environment.

    I’m wondering if the Black History Month sparks debates about the continued usefulness and fairness of a designated month dedicated to the history of one race, or simply the true intention behind its approval. Has the Black History Month been delegated to accentuate the admiration and praise of black historical figures to be recognized?

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