End Black History Month? No way

End Black History Month? No way

There are 436 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Feb 7, 2009, titled End Black History Month? No way. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Some said it would be a frosty day in Hades before a black man was ever elected president of the United States.

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Observer

Winter Haven, FL

#1 Feb 7, 2009
you forgot to mention all of the welfare recipients and crowded jails
Jim Dandy

Palm Bay, FL

#2 Feb 7, 2009
If I may I would like to add a point. President Obama is America's first Mulatto President. Perhaps next election we can have a Black President. We need to pray for God's guidance for President Obama because his is in the midst of very troubled waters.
Poor Hillbilly

Apopka, FL

#3 Feb 7, 2009
I understand the struggles over the past 200+ years and the last 50 as well. But it's over. The playing field is level, every person in the country has the same opportunity. I was born in the very poor Appalicician mountains of hard working coal miners, which still exist today. My grandfather lived in a house he "bought" from the company he worked for. This was nothing more than endentured slavery, in modern times.

But it's over. Give it up. Get over it. Stand proud with the rest of us and agree that everyone is equal and has the same rights. There is no need for a black history month, especially when there is no white history, asian history or hispanic history month.
Joe Biden

Apopka, FL

#4 Feb 7, 2009
Saying that Obama is black is disrespects his white mother who raised him on her own. He's multi-racial, although he looks more black than white. The ones who say he's "black" are prejudice.
Matty Matt

United States

#5 Feb 7, 2009
Funny how your black mt. Rushmore overlooked Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. Conservative or Republican blacks don't count huh?
Tiger Alum

Merritt Island, FL

#6 Feb 7, 2009
Poor Hillbilly wrote:
I understand the struggles over the past 200+ years and the last 50 as well. But it's over. The playing field is level, every person in the country has the same opportunity. I was born in the very poor Appalicician mountains of hard working coal miners, which still exist today. My grandfather lived in a house he "bought" from the company he worked for. This was nothing more than endentured slavery, in modern times.
But it's over. Give it up. Get over it. Stand proud with the rest of us and agree that everyone is equal and has the same rights. There is no need for a black history month, especially when there is no white history, asian history or hispanic history month.
It amaze me when people make comments like I understand your struggles over the last two hundred years. NO HELL YOU DON'T. You don't have a clue. First, you are not Black and secondly you don't know the history. And for you to make the statement that we are all on the same playing field is really one of the most dumb comments one could speak. Wake up out of that dream you're in.
Right Winger

AOL

#8 Feb 7, 2009
Jim Dandy wrote:
If I may I would like to add a point. President Obama is America's first Mulatto President. Perhaps next election we can have a Black President. We need to pray for God's guidance for President Obama because his is in the midst of very troubled waters.
The fact that Obama is half white is going to be a great excuse for you guys if he fails. I'll guarantee you will blame it on the white part! I know, who ever doesn't like Obama is a racist and it doesn't matter that he is a common Chicago crook.
Roy

Plano, TX

#9 Feb 7, 2009
Just a thought...why can't we just let history be history. Why does it have to be black or white? We don't have white history month. If we really want things to be equal then all races would share one same common history.
Chosen

Orlando, FL

#10 Feb 7, 2009
Joe Biden wrote:
Saying that Obama is black is disrespects his white mother who raised him on her own. He's multi-racial, although he looks more black than white. The ones who say he's "black" are prejudice.
Then, your argument is with your country. Modern-day blacks didn't create the "one-drop rule," which said that one drop of black blood made one black. Nor did we set up a system wherein one had to choose "colored" or "white" just to go to the bathroom or drink from a water fountain. America said you have to the choose between the two. So now, America, we have chosen. In time, maybe there will be no need to declare such a choice. Maybe some day race won't matter at all. But we're not there yet.
Conservative Republican

Cocoa, FL

#12 Feb 7, 2009
Is February another Black history month? Seems like January had a double does with MLK and BHO's inauguration. If February, how apropos since it is a short month; not too much to honor.

Level 1

Since: Nov 07

Winter Park, FL

#13 Feb 7, 2009
It is unbelievable you still want to segregate history into black and white segments! What is next "Brown History" month? Asian History month? Irish History month? Jewish History month? Blond History month? What about Gay History month - I'm sure they have made some contributions. Should we have a Gay Black History month and a Gay White History month since you seem so intent on segregation?

Does it really matter who was the first Black to win a Pulitzer Prize in poetry? Do you think it is even relevant? Do you actually know that Edwin Arlington Robinson won the very first Pulitzer for poetry? Does this make him more important than Gwendolyn Brooks or less important and does the "correct" answer depend on the race of the person being asked? Does anyone even care? Should we add these two factoids to the FCAT?

Same question about the Attorney General. Is Holder more important than Edmund Randolph who was the very first Attorney General? Robert Kennedy was an Attorney General and he was Catholic - should we have Catholic History month? What about Janet Reno? Is it more or less significant that there was a female Attorney General or is their race more important than their sex? Did you know she was Danish? Should we have a Danish history month?

Your separate but equal approach to "history" is passe and divisive. Is that you intent? If not please enter the 21st century.

Time to let it go

AOL

#14 Feb 7, 2009
I am sick and tired of all this whining by these racist a** holes such as Chris Rock. He claims a black man has to do much more to make it in this world such as the dentist in his neighborhood. The fact is a black man became president with practically no experience at all! Get over it, get rid or BET, the Latino Grammys and all this other crap! If you want it than you have to have a white awards. We are equal right? This sound like discrimination. You are Americans, Africa did not want you, they sold you! You don't hear us saying I'm an Italian American or an Irish American, we are all equal AMERICANS! Where is my Italian history month? I don't owe anyone anything! Stop with the excuses!
SMH

Suwanee, GA

#15 Feb 7, 2009
Poor Hillbilly wrote:
I understand the struggles over the past 200+ years and the last 50 as well. But it's over. The playing field is level, every person in the country has the same opportunity. I was born in the very poor Appalicician mountains of hard working coal miners, which still exist today. My grandfather lived in a house he "bought" from the company he worked for. This was nothing more than endentured slavery, in modern times.
But it's over. Give it up. Get over it. Stand proud with the rest of us and agree that everyone is equal and has the same rights. There is no need for a black history month, especially when there is no white history, asian history or hispanic history month.
LOL! A little lesson for you:)

www.infoplease.com/spot/hhm1.html

www3.kumc.edu/diversity/ethnic_relig/apahm.ht... - 5k

www.italianheritagemonth.com/ - 1k

So they should also just stand with us right? SMH
www.irishamericanheritage.com/webpageirish1.h... - 28k

Now it can be argued there is no white heritage month with many different reasons why. I'm not white so it doesn't concern me.
Liberals hate FACTS

Kissimmee, FL

#16 Feb 7, 2009
Yup. End it. There's NOTHING MORE RACIST than a particular day, week, event, month, dedicated to a 'race'. Where's the 'Arab Month'? How about "Chinese month"? I mean...you have any idea how much the Chinese have added to our heritage and history? And God forbid we even suggest a 'white month'. Wow. Course...you can't be a 'racist' anymore in this country unless you're WHITE.
Its not my fault

AOL

#17 Feb 7, 2009
Chosen wrote:
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Then, your argument is with your country. Modern-day blacks didn't create the "one-drop rule," which said that one drop of black blood made one black. Nor did we set up a system wherein one had to choose "colored" or "white" just to go to the bathroom or drink from a water fountain. America said you have to the choose between the two. So now, America, we have chosen. In time, maybe there will be no need to declare such a choice. Maybe some day race won't matter at all. But we're not there yet.
Most of the racism these days comes from blacks. Don't be mad at me! I luv ya brother!
Orange

Austin, TX

#18 Feb 7, 2009
Matty Matt wrote:
Funny how your black mt. Rushmore overlooked Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. Conservative or Republican blacks don't count huh?
Clarence Thomas should be included as well.
Italian Scallion

AOL

#20 Feb 7, 2009
Liberals hate FACTS wrote:
Yup. End it. There's NOTHING MORE RACIST than a particular day, week, event, month, dedicated to a 'race'. Where's the 'Arab Month'? How about "Chinese month"? I mean...you have any idea how much the Chinese have added to our heritage and history? And God forbid we even suggest a 'white month'. Wow. Course...you can't be a 'racist' anymore in this country unless you're WHITE.
Really! What about Italian history month? After all most of the great early architecture was built by Italian craftsmen. What about Columbus? I'm not sure but he did discover this place, didn't he? The schools and bank are open on his birthday aren't they? MLKs birthday? I know, I know, it was the Vikings.
Italian Scallion

AOL

#22 Feb 7, 2009
Orange wrote:
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Clarence Thomas should be included as well.
I'm not sure but I think these guys turned down the honor because the rock was too light for their complexions.
Joe Biden

Apopka, FL

#23 Feb 7, 2009
Tiger Alum wrote:
<quoted text>It amaze me when people make comments like I understand your struggles over the last two hundred years. NO HELL YOU DON'T. You don't have a clue. First, you are not Black and secondly you don't know the history. And for you to make the statement that we are all on the same playing field is really one of the most dumb comments one could speak. Wake up out of that dream you're in.
And what if I said I was black? You sound like you don't like whites.
Responsibility

San Bruno, CA

#26 Feb 7, 2009
My kids are white, they are not pissed off because they got more than crap by earning it, working for it and getting into the colleges of their choice with their brains.

They don't go the easy way and blame others - especially non-whites.

I guess those pissed off kids get their pissed off attitudes from their parents.

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