Tuesday, February 3, 2009

BHM

Hey y’all what’s up! I hope you didn’t miss me too much! But busy busy busy. You know how it goes. It’s Black History Month. But every month is BHM to me. Plus I am starting to see a focus on us Blacks in America as just American, by more blacks than ever. I like that. I mean really when you think about it we are not an immigrant group like other ethnic groups who use it. They use it to differentiate between themselves and ethnic groups who immigrated here like there ancestors who came before them. However our ancestors didn't migrate. Anyway...

If you notice I rarely use the term African-American and it is not because I am not proud of my ancestry. I once wrote a paper for a college history class that explored the theory that we, African –Americans were truly indigenous to North America putting us on the same footing with Native Americans. I mean think about it. They crossed over on a bridge of ice. They then began living their lives and honoring the lands they had found. They thought the settlers were crazy because you can’t own land. We know how that went.

Our ancestors came over on boat and we were brought here. Again the settlers decided that they could own something not for sell, people. Anyway the genetic that makes us up today is different than that of those from Africa. We didn’t immigrate here years after this country was built and developed. We built this country. We are this country. With out our labor there is no America as we know it today. I won’t even begin to go into the many things that were invented by black men and black women.

African Americans are a unique mixture of the melting pot. None of us born in this USA are 100% Zulu- Masai. We all mixed up somewhere, at some point if you are lucky enough to be able to trace your history through sales records and census reports you will see than many of us have Massa or Mistress in the line. Many of us have Native American lineage as well, as at one time being black was better than being a Native American and many of them assimilated into our welcoming segregated communities.

Anyway I hope that soon BHM won’t be needed, but still celebrated. I hope that as this country grows and faces her truths she will tell OURSTORY and not HIS STORIES about how this country was built, founded, and sustained. Ok well that is all! Imma try to check in with you guys a few times this week.

Be EZ,
OG

9 comments:

(fŭng'kē) [blak] [chik] said...

I always look forward to this month! Especially with my son, he goes all out with daily facts, even though we go through them throughout the year

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

yes in deed, we are not monolithic
great tribute to the month of feb folk

Raven said...

Hi OG!!!! Man...BHM...so I asked my son what they were discussing in Social Studies and he went on to tell me that February is BHM...I told him every month is BHM. Poor baby...he is only 8 so I have to deliver my message in a soft manner, but I still want/need to tell him the truth...I've taken him to The Shrine on days when he is out of school. The African Holocaust exhibit was on point...it was a bit much for him because he was only 6, but he showed interest...anyway, it is good to see you back in blog land.

Veronica Wright said...

Nice blog..first time here I'll be back! interesting readin!

Keith said...

Black History is American History!
Neither White Americans or Black
Americans have come to that realization yet.

blackgirlinmaine said...

Great post! I think its time to look at BHM through a very different lens.

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...
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blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hello there O.G.!

I don't use the term African-American because my ancestry IS NOT only African. The term "American" denotes my citizenship. It is not my culture.

I don't believe that there are any blacks who have slave ancestry who can honestly claim their ancestry is 100% African and that there is NOTHING else in their gene pool. I know that some of the pro-blacks out there want to claim that they are only African! Yeah...okay...

We can all cling to the fantasties...

We are a mixed race people. That is just a fact.

The truth is that black people here have varied ancestry and admitting this is not a denial of the African component of our ancestry.

Peace, blessing and DUNAMIS!
Lisa

Smokie said...

Now you know you're wrong for being MIA so long.