What is Black History Month?


What is Black History Month?

The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Black History Month grew out of Carter G. Woodson “Negro History Week,”

 in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.”[1] This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates Black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century.[1]

Since 1976,  the month of February has been officially designated Black History Month by every US President.   Other countries including Canada and the UK also celebrate a month of Black history
What is Black History Month?


Reflections on Race and Discrimination


Black History Month – Reflections on Race and Discrimination

What is black?

IDNK. I do not know except that black is more than a color and a race. Black is more like a brand–a blacklisted brand!

For many, blacklists are impassable roadblocks, varying in fortitude at different points in life. For a black person–blacklisted at birth–the seizure of one’s future at any roadblock makes moving forward a defeating and torturous road of interminable and fatal roadblocks.

Where have we been since the days of Martin Luther King, Jr.? We are still blacklisted at birth, living in fear of roadblocks that now house the future generations of blacks in jail cells.

Black is knowing there is little chance of justice due to the color of one’s skin. “As Malcolm X said, if you’re black and you live south of the Canadian border, you live in the South. {Relatives} first awoke me to the systematic prejudice against black people in American society.

Sadly it is not much different in the country I moved to,” said a relative of mine

Black history month brought home the morphing of stereotypes into mechanisms and systems of bondage, so invisibly visible–structurally institutionalized. These dead elephants’ stench erode our senses and passions.

One such system of bondage aims to reduce the black youth population. It is called Stand Your Ground. This law assumes young black children are thugs, threats, and weapons. The mere sight of a young black teenager is grounds for armed white men to murder, out of fear. Can someone explain what fear, when the dead victim was unarmed?

Why do heavily armed, grown white men fear unarmed black children? Those questions are never discussed; instead, rationalizations for—or, rather, the legalization of—injustices against racial and vulnerable groups are cheered with patriotic rhetoric, greedily gobbled by the masses and the media, without thought.

No one wants to talk about it. No one thinks racism or discrimination exist. No one sees the effects or understands the impact. Yet, there are other groups who face similar discrimination. We have to unite to fight discrimination.


Discrimination is not just pigment–it is gender, it is language, it is religion, it is body type, it is mental illness, it is disability.

Chris Messina
Chris Messina
CEO at Body1, Inc.

No group is hit as hard by it {Chronic Discrimination Syndrome} as the developmentally disabled. They have a very small, usually disregarded and disrespected, voice and negligible political power. They are every bit as human as you and I. Contrary to what many intellectual elites believe, IQ ≠ Worth. That’s why dignity advocacy is a core focus of the Foundation I serve as a volunteer director for. Stimulating piece!

– Chris Messina; CEO at Body1, Inc.


David W Kelley, DO
David W Kelley, D.O.
Critical Care Physician at St Joseph’s Hospital Health Center

The dichotomy in care delivery between whites & non-whites is perplexing, maddening and saddens me. Unfortunately, there seems to be some sort of deep engraining &, for the life of me, I am vexed on how to enlighten others to gain traction for progress, says Dr. David Kelley.

I know with 100% certainty, on a personal level, that progress can be made. As a “white person” [I really do not like that label, but, of course, I am not fond of attaching labels to anyone over things like skin color] who was raised in the Deep South, I grew up steeped in a culture that is, at its best, benign to non-whites and, all too frequently, oppressive & punitive. My parents were and are quite intolerant & prejudiced against non-white/non-heterosexual/irreligious people and tend to follow the “Fox News” party line. When I was a young kid, I spewed the same sort of vitriol my parents did…it was all I knew…until I began to mature, to appreciate a much larger world than my own small one & to think independently/critically. Over time, beginning in Jr HS, I began to realize that skin color has zero to do with the integrity of the person and began to seriously question the lessons I had learned about people from my parents & family. That small start – self-initiated learning prompted by objective observation and interacting with many fellow students of a broad spectrum of ethnicities – blossomed [in my opinion] into an open-minded, tolerant love for diversity. Diversity is a strength that should be nurtured & cherished. there is such immense value & power in approaching issues from multiple perspectives that it vexes me why it is not just patently obvious to everyone why intolerance, racism & bigotry is a cancer eroding the vibrance of our society.

Whenever I try to enlighten others, I am blown off as being a “damned bleeding heart liberal” or accused of having far too long “with the Yankees”. However, I refuse to stop trying.

– David W Kelley, D.O. Critical Care Physician at St Joseph’s Hospital Health Center

Thank you to those who refuse to stop trying.

Nina Simone – Mississippi Goddam

Related posts:

CDS: AN OUTSIDER ILLNESS – https://failuretolisten.com/2013/05/10/cds-chronic-discrimination-syndrome/

BLACK HISTORY MONTH – CONSERVATIVE VIEWS OF THE FIRST BLACK U.S. PRESIDENT – https://failuretolisten.com/2014/02/25/racist-post/

Black History Month – Conservative Views of the First Black U.S. President

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence. – Albert Einstein

Black History Month – Conservatives Views of the First Black U.S. President

The following are images gathered from social media. These images are clues to where we stand as far as RACE. Where do YOU think we stand?  (Choice of slideshow or separate images; captions may differ)

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demonize obama
Not a Liberal AND Obama is a GREAT MAN with the POWER to accomplish all the above…wHILE CONGRESS POUTS.
In any event, Congress has no BALLS.
Jealousy is a bitch
When elected officials hold the American people hostage because of their selfish needs–like you did TED CRUZ–those officials should be FIRED; definitely, never to be re-elected–TED CRUZ should be FIRED.
rand paul
What a bunch of crock! Aren’t you part of government Senator Rand Paul?
fox news
Fox–YOU are the problem–creators of crap.
myths proganda
Propaganda brought to you by FOX Rumors (news?) where myths are propagated and nurtured. Fox news working hard to make THINKING obsolete
I want a pair...duck tape is handy.
I want a pair…duck tape is handy.
Very Nice…. Now Welcome to the future…
comparison of obama to paula deen
Paula Deen was fired for being an IDIOT…not so much a racist. Prez Obama is no idiot like Paula or Sarah.
Please keep my country safe From ignorance, hatrred and intolerance.
This great country started as a haven for ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, criminals, etc. Give immigrants a viable path to citizenship.
make fun of obama
NO, it was not a mistake. Re-electing President Obama brought HOPE to America’s Future.
Silly Conservatives...He brought our troops home to save American lives and  protect our own borders.
Silly Conservatives…President Obama brought our troops home to save American lives and protect our own U.S. borders.
Conservatives, please exercise critical thinking–your party is dumbed down and will LOSE big time unless you take a page out President Obama’s successful campaigns.


obama the demon
Who is we? KOCH brothers…You do not speak for ME.
obama to resign
Misery likes company… I thought you a religious man…no playmates for YOU.
Really?  Which history book?
Really? I love fictions…which novel is this?
social programs
I agree…Power never takes a back step – only in the face of more power..
Too MANY Social Programs without any demonstrated benefit.
bible thumper
Absolutely NOT! Hell is crowded with too many god-fearing/loving, church-going, bible thumpers.
teaparty demand
Here is all I want: Cut the strings and set the puppets free from their puppeteers.
make fun of poor
What pay CEO $6 million plus $ 2 million bonus for declining revenues; fire him with a golden parachute of $10 million. We are McDummies!


impeach proganda
Example of desperation and FEAR by adversaries. President Obama–you are doing a magnificent job because so many conservatives HATE you. If you are not hated you are not making CHANGES and America needs to CHANGE!
insult obama
Good, that means President Obama comes to us with the wisdom of DIVERSE perspectives

Where do we stand as far as race?

Just not YOUR principles Mr DeMint.

Black History Month: Words of Harriet Tubman

Black History Month: Words of Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman (1820-1913) born in Maryland was one of the earliest Civil Rights Activists, Abolitionist and Feminist. She was a strong-willed, courageous woman who received her education from the School of Life. Here are some favorite quotes:

HarrietTubmanlandoffreedom Harriet-tubman-Lord harriettubman_freeslaves Harriet-tubmanpatienceimage12
harriettubman #quote wee

NAME: Harriet Tubman
OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist
BIRTH DATE: c. 1820
DEATH DATE: March 10, 1913
PLACE OF BIRTH: Dorchester County, Maryland
PLACE OF DEATH: Auburn, New York
ORIGINALLY: Araminta Harriet Ross
NICKNAME: General Tubman

White Men Need Guns | Video #DunnTrial

Eyes filled with pain
Eyes filled with fear, pain and trauma from the hands of  a cold and exploitative culture.

Loud Music Murder Trial: The Jury Speaks Out

White Men Need Guns To Shoot Unarmed Black Boys

Michael Dunn was punished for not finishing the job. Had he killed all the black teenagers,  he would be a free man today. Any doubts? I have none.

White Men Need Guns to defend against harmless unarmed black kids. Laws  assume young black teenagers are thugs, weapons to be feared.  Sighting of a young black male is  reason to “stand one’s ground (only if you are white),” and  claim self-defense. Laws let murderous grown white men free after killing unarmed black children are degrading the moral fiber of humanity.  In addition, such biased and selectively enforced laws display the cowardice of white men.

What are they without their guns?


Btw, the moral turpitude of some white journalists is appalling as they asked  Angela Corey after the verdict,  should tax-payers’ money and time be wasted on a re-trial?  Why bother retry this one  case?  No fear there among these white female and male journalists, why? They are privileged to say and do as they wish or so is the belief and the culture.

A black boy’s life is not worth taxpayers’ dollars. This explains why there are so many unsolved black-on-black crimes; no one cares if a black person is murdered, especially by a white person.

What coded messages are being sent to the white community and the world?

The latest verdict from Florida was codified: The court punished Michael Dunn for not killing the other three black victims. Florida is an example of codified structural racism. I am not sure whom the prosecutor worked for—certainly not the victims.

Structural racism institutionalizes stereotypes. In Florida, a young black male is considered a thug and someone to be feared. A fear of young black males–often children–is justification for armed and grown white men to shoot unarmed black children. Who is bothered by this? What are you going to do?


Another thing is that black witnesses’ testimonies do not carry the same weight as those of white murderers whose criminal histories are usually littered with hate crimes–important evidence that is never admissible in court. Why?  Conversely, a dead child’s history can be used out of context to label with code words, thereby, feeding into the stereotypes of white emotional biases. It worked well with Trayvon Martin as it did with Jordan Davis. See the pattern?

Why blame dead victims? Why do we believe men who are murderers? In Florida, a pattern is emerging among white people at the sight of young, unarmed black males. This pattern shows the cowardice of some white males as they use their guns to purposely kill innocent, unarmed black children. Such acts  are called cowardice and murder everywhere else except the United States of America. The US, once a defender of human rights, is now an abuser.

This stand-your-ground law, implying a young, unarmed black male is a threat to grown white males, is a utopia for the Ku Klux Klan. Enforcement of such laws achieves similar purposes of selectively murdering or incarcerating black males in the United States. Any doubt – look at our prisons filled with blacks because that is where the white establishments are sending our children.

The hands of justice allow murderers to go free; meanwhile, overlooked are the degradation and dissemination of people of color #POC …with them ….YOU …

To be in harmony, you listen, then feel the connection with the collective universe.

No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck. – Frederick Douglass #quote

So what are these white men without their guns?

#JusticeforJordanDavis #DunnTrial

jordan davis56

Are white men afraid of black men ? They JEALOUS?
Are white men afraid of black men ? They JEALOUS?. Those words give grown white men the legal right to murder unarmed defenseless black kids; majority of black kids are not thugs.

Hate Crimes On The Rise

Hate Crimes in the Heartland | Offcial Five Minute Preview (2014)

The number of hate crimes in The United States has nearly doubled in the past decade. Hate Crimes in the Heartland is a compelling story of hatred and hope, as told through the lens of one city, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Home to the most destructive race riot in American history, Tulsa continues to present a vivid portrait of America’s simmering racial divisions today. Hate Crimes in the Heartland opens with the Good Friday murders of 2012 and extends back in time to the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot and the utter devastation of America’s “Black Wall Street.” – See more at: http://www.charleshamiltonhouston.org/2014/02/hatecrimes/#sthash.UMenqGHo.dpuf


Hate Crimes in the Heartland: Film Screening & Discussion – See more at: http://www.charleshamiltonhouston.org/2014/02/hatecrimes/#sthash.UMenqGHo.dpuf

Disgusted by her daughters dating black men; I Hate Being A Black Man’

This mom  is concerned her daughter has a BLACK boyfriend and mom is worried her daughter will conceive inferior babies.

The best line from mom: She is not racist. It is not just blacks (she hates). She would not want her daughter with JAMAICANS either…. (Blissful Ignorance!)   A major concern is  her large family has no black people; moreover, she does not like that rap crap.

How deep is Racism?  I can’t believe these discussions still occur, yet I am not surprised hate crimes are on the rise.