“Why isn’t there a White History Month?”
That’s the question that white folks ask whenever February rolls around. They believe that a month observed for Black history is unfair and racist. After all, many argue that this country has come a long way. Some believe that it’s truly post-racial. And of course, not mentioning race is seen as fighting racism. Yawn!
White privilege makes it extremely hard to see that White history is taught, celebrated and even manipulated to create idols and heroes that are overwhelmingly white. White history is part of our education curriculum, a course requirement in order to (at least) graduate high school and even college. White history has been used as plots in Hollywood stories, some of them are even fixed to make larger-than-life White protagonists and devious villains…of color. And White history in the hands of White-minded people can turn history’s greatest assholes into America’s greatest heroes.
White history, pushed and shoved into the hearts and minds of all people as the only history that matters, is racist. Considering that ethnic studies will likely form a deep resentment towards White people is White people’s fear of retribution of their past deeds. And preventing the stories of Nonwhites from being taught or told in general is White supremacy at work.
Crying that there should be a White History Month is the sibling of other Whiteminded arguments such as having a White Entertainment Television (WET) or the National Association for the Advancement of White People (NAAWP). Neither of those are based on realistic truths that most broadcast media are owned by whites, white males to be exact or that white people are still gaining most of the social, economic and political privileges by a White supremacist design.
In short, Whiteness is all around. It’s still celebrated. It’s history, rewritten to censor certain events, is still being pushed. There’s no need to set aside a month to celebrate it. It’s celebrated all year around, even during Black History Month.