Black History Month opinions

Black History Month! Black History Month is the month of February. There's a lot of mixed opinions about this month.

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Black History Month! Black History Month is the month of February. There’s a lot of mixed opinions about this month. “But where is White History Month?” asks Case Jaukkuri.

by Spencer Maxwell, Reporter

Black History Month has been around for quite some time. Some say it makes African Americans more unequal while others disagree.

This special occasion has been around since 1926. The occasion shows appreciation towards the African-Americans and their accomplishments over the years. Gabe Thompson, sophomore, says, “I think Black History Month is a cool thing since African Americans have such a rich history we can learn from. African Americans have been through some rough times so I think it’s good that we show our appreciation towards them.”

African Americans have been making an impact since Jackie Robinson’s time, which is also Thompson’s “most inspirational” African American. Thompson states, “He showed people that African Americans are just as qualified to do sports as any other person.”

Thompson says, “I think Black History Month impacts our society today greatly, it helps educate society on their history.”

African Americans went through very hard times, including slavery. Case Jaukkuri, sophomore, says, “I think Black History Month is good because they went through a lot, but where is White History Month?” Martin Luther King Jr. was a highly respected man and is Jaukkuri’s “favorite” African American historical figure. Jaukkuri says,”He stood up for what he believed in and fought for it.”

Ms. Dowd, music teacher says, “Black History Month is a great way to recognize the African American struggles. It’s neat to have a month for the recognition of the civil rights leader,” says Dowd. Dowd is using this special month in her classroom by doing some songs from the Civil Rights movement.