Posted by: forquilombo | February 2, 2012

My Thoughts About “Black” History Month

 To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. ~Disraeli Benjamin

Black (blăk) adj., black·er, black·est.1. Being of the color black, producing or reflecting comparatively little light and having no predominant hue. 2. Having little or no light: a black, moonless night. 3.often Black a. Of or belonging to a racial group having brown to black skin, especially one of African origin: the Black population of South Africa. b. Of or belonging to an American ethnic group descended from African peoples having dark skin; African-American. 4. Very dark in color: rich black soil; black, wavy hair. 5. Soiled, as from soot; dirty: feet black from playing outdoors. 6. Evil; wicked: the pirates’ black deeds. 7. Cheerless and depressing; gloomy: black thoughts. 8. Being or characterized by morbid or grimly satiric humor: a black comedy. 9. Marked by anger or sullenness: gave me a black look. 10. Attended with disaster; calamitous: a black day; the stock market crash on Black Friday. 11. Deserving of, indicating, or incurring censure or dishonor: “Man … has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands” (Rachel Carson). 12. Wearing clothing of the darkest visual hue: the black knight. 13. Served without milk or cream: black coffee. 14. Appearing to emanate from a source other than the actual point of origin. Used chiefly of intelligence operations: black propaganda; black radio transmissions. 15. Disclosed, for reasons of security, only to an extremely limited number of authorized persons; very highly classified: black programs in the Defense Department; the Pentagon’s black budget…

As children, we were all taught our basic primary and secondary colors in elementary school. I find it remarkable how, as adults, we so quickly forget this rudimentary lesson when we describe people of color. For example, look at the colors black and brown and say each of them out loud. Now, look at a so-called “Black’” person and say what color you really see. Have you been bamboozled into believing that people are the sum of their color; especially a color that embodies the epitome of all that is NEGATIVE.

Ask yourself if YOU would be PROUD of such a designation (as described above) to represent you and your loved one or your ethnicity. In my humble opinion, I truly feel that if and when we divide ourselves in something as simple and trivial as a “color,” we limit the uniqueness of our own being, thus stagnating our own growth and potential development.

All colors, races, creeds, etc. have greatly contributed to the evolution of this country (good and bad). So why single out one over the other?

Celebrate ALL LiFE 24/7 (365/66)



  1. So true…

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