Celebrate Black History Month?
February is declared as the Black History Month.
Many Canadian Muslims are not aware of the sacrifices and struggles made by our black brothers and sisters who landed in America in chains were actually Muslims. As the world continues to diversify with groups of many different origins, cultures and creeds, it is as important as ever to celebrate the histories that make up the collective account of the multicultural composition of the different races that are now called the North Americans. It is important that we reflect and celebrate their monumental contributions and educate the rest.
Canadians have become one of the most diverse countries on the planet, as well as one of the most envied. Our pluralism has set the trend for the modern world for all others to follow. The question that continues to linger in the minds of many people during February is why do we continue to celebrate Black History month given all these positive changes that have been instituted and more to follow.
This one month of the year has been set aside so that we can all honour the past of a people who were brought to this country in political bondage. This month allows each one of us to celebrate the rich traditions of African Canadians/Americans and their rich contributions to the freedom movements particularly in the United States during the War for Independence, the civil rights movement of the 60s and so on.
Eventually, Black History Month will be recognized as one of the first real frontal attacks of this social construct known as “race.” Perhaps then people will come to understand that there is only one race in this world and that is the human race.