Black History Month

Black History Month

There are 120 comments on the WSIL story from Feb 1, 2012, titled Black History Month. In it, WSIL reports that:

February marks the start of Black History Month, and SIU Carbondale has several events planned to honor the occasion.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WSIL.

Old Man from Jennings

Evansville, IN

#21 Feb 22, 2012
If we as good Americans would tell the truth when we wrote our History Books, and put in the contributions of all people, and how some were treated, we would have a different view of how we feel. In most history books we read about the good things that were done, but we leave out the bad. One good example is how we have mistreated the native American. Or how we mistreated many Irish people that came into this country. Which is part of my background. Can't we just be good Americans, and stop complaining about this or that. Nothing wrong with Black History Month, And I see nothing wrong with Irish, Indian, Germans doing the same, if they did maybe we would know more about our forefathers.

Cairo, IL

#22 Feb 22, 2012
Old Man from Jennings, you're right. All Americans deserve recognition for their contributions and that is why so many have problems with a month being devoted to any one segment of the population. The trials and tribulations as well as the accomplishments and contributions of all are what make up the real and all-inclusive AMERICAN HISTORY.

United States

#23 Feb 22, 2012
It only counts if you have a fro!

Cairo, IL

#24 Feb 22, 2012
So Fred, since we don't know who you are, you can tell us your national heritage, your race and your ancestors' contributions to America, and your style of hair-do; and Topix will carry it for all to read.

Now, remember, its your turn to get recognition for your particular segment of Americans. Maybe it will grow into a month we can celebrate just for you.

“look up and laugh”

Since: Jun 08

guess, where

#25 Feb 23, 2012
and they keep demanding more and more.

Des Moines, IA

#26 Feb 23, 2012
I am from Kenya and America just can't do enough for me!
Tell Us More

Cairo, IL

#27 Feb 23, 2012
Fred, since Kenya is made up of 40 some-odd different peoples, perhaps you can tell us more about your particular branch and from which of the small countries that comprise Kenya you came.

Monett, MO

#28 Feb 23, 2012
Gary wrote:
America only caters to black people. They just can't do enough for them.
I can't believe you really think this way. We made the black people slaves, we didn't allow them to vote, own property, marry, we kept them held down for hundreds of years.The whole time they were doing our work, cleaning our houses, tending our crops, building our barns, doing as we told them. What kind of life is that??? It's no life at all, they wanted freedom and when we did free them we stopped them from making a living,learning a skill, buying property, we still made them work for pitiful wages tending our crops,raising our kids, cleaning our homes etc. They couldn't vote, technically free but with no rights. It is better today for them,of course,but if you think racism is no longer here,then all you need to do is listen to them. They have to work harder,be better educated, better dressed,better manners just to get a descent job/career. Think about what you say on here, some is just wrong.

Marion, IL

#29 Feb 23, 2012
I call a spade a spade, it was not the AMERICANS who brought the African's here to be slaves, our country wasn't even a country when the slave trade started, I feel it is ridiculous to still blame all white American's for slavery, as a matter of fact I nor my grandparents, nor my great grandparents ,or even my greatgreat and great great great grandparents owned slaves, give the race card a rest!!!!!
of interest

Cairo, IL

#30 Feb 23, 2012
America will only be 236 years old as of this coming July. We did not own at least four of the southern states until 1803. Within 85 years of our Declaration of Independence we began fighting the Civil war. Some of the southern states had been in the Union 62 or less years. Given the history of mankind and slavery, it looks like Americans moved rather quickly, in comparison to many civilizations, to abolish slavery.

During those years and many decades to follow, not only were slaves mistreated and former slaves poor, so were a great number of other nationalities. It's a sad state of affairs when we concentrate on the growth pains of any one group of Americans without giving consideration to them all. Each and every nationality deserves recognition for its part in the development of our country.
of interest

Cairo, IL

#31 Feb 23, 2012
Not to say, it isn't equally sad that we are so jealous of one another that a "Black History Month" makes so many of us act like morons.

Des Moines, IA

#32 Feb 23, 2012
"WE" did not do any of those things! Stop buying into all the white guilt! Republican Abe Lincoln freed them. Keeping buying into all the liberal lies!

Des Moines, IA

#33 Feb 23, 2012
Kenya is one country in Africa. Don't be stupid.
Tell us more

Cairo, IL

#34 Feb 23, 2012
Fred , since I'm not from Kenya, I can be stupid if I want too. However, you are right, I should have said counties or provinces. .

I'm still waiting for you to tell me more about your native land and from which segment you hail.
If you educate us, we won't be so stupid.
i HATE most blacks

Marion, IL

#35 Feb 23, 2012
Africans enslaved their OWN and sold the weak into slavery. Black americans are the bi-product of afruckas weakest civilizations. Most now suck off welfare

Cairo, IL

#36 Feb 23, 2012
you are not immune to karma.
John Q Public

United States

#37 Feb 23, 2012
Gas costs to much! Why did the chosen one (Obama) refuse the oil pipeline from Canada? It would have brought jobs and lowered gas prices. Is this guy an idiot?
Jesse Jackson

Irvine, CA

#38 Feb 24, 2012
Where the hell is that Kenyan boy that gets my coffee? I am going to cut his nuts off.

Cairo, IL

#39 Feb 24, 2012
this is the best thing that couldíve happened
any longer and i wouldnít have made it
itís not a war no, itís not a rapture
iím just a person but you canít take it
the same tricks that once fooled me
they wonít get you anywhere
iím not the same kid from your memory
well now i can fend for myself

donít wanna hear your sad songs
i donít wanna feel your pain
when you swear itís all my fault
cause you know weíre not the same,
weíre not the same
oh weíre not the same
but i guess you canít accept that the change is good (hey)
itís good (hey)
it's good

you treat me just like another stranger
well itís nice to meet you sir


United States

#40 Feb 24, 2012
I just got out of jail. Got arrested for fighting in the footlocker trying to get me some new MJ's

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