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What would White History Month look like?

by The Grio

August 27, 2020: The First White House of the Confederacy, home to President Jefferson Davis. (Adobe Stock Images)

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

It always blows me away when I think about how often I hear white people say, “Where’s White History Month?” It’s been said to my face, it’s been said online. I think we’ve all heard it, and I think many white people are somehow resentful that there’s a Black History Month and not a White History Month. This is clearly like the fish who says “What’s water?” because c’mon, White History Month is every month. The celebration of your achievements and your stories and your history are constant. But I have two kids, and I know that no matter how much ice cream one of them has, one can still want the ice cream the other one has. Yes, white folks are acting like spoiled babies on this one, but you know what, just for poops and giggles, let’s indulge them on this idea this one time. What would white history month look like?

We’re talking about a White History Month based on American history, but we can’t try to define white culture because there’s no there there. There is no singular white culture, but let’s just gloss over that, OK? (Yes, I know glossing over something as massive as that — the lack of an actual community that bounds the group together — is impossible but don’t let your logic get in the way of a good time. I’m going somewhere.) So, we’re talking about White History Month and the history of white people in America. Um, are we sure we want to go there? It’s gonna start to look like a horror film real fast, one where we’re supposed to root for the killer. But, if you’re OK with that then…

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