Feb. 22, 2010
Q: America celebrates Black History Month in February, and then it’s over until next year. What message do you think this sends to society?
R.G.: I think Black History Month was conceived in the 1960s or 1970s and it was basically a backlash against all the uproar in the Civil Rights movement and all the bullshit that happened to black people during those times. This was part of the approach that was saying, “Ok we’re going to improve ourselves, we’re going to lift ourselves up, not only through the law, but intellectually too, to go from being Negroes to being black with some pride.” Q: How is your culture important to you? Do you feel it’s important for African-American students to understand the history of their culture?
M.C.: I love being black. I wouldn’t trade it for anything else, but this is where I’m fed up, where someone feels if you’re talking proper, you’re trying to be ‘white.’ It hurts the most when it’s coming from my own people. I’m just being me. I believe the mindset has to change of being less. Just because you’re black doesn’t mean you have to live less, doesn’t mean you…» Read More