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Black History Month Happened When?

 

Shelbie Souza

Staff Reporter

February 25, 2015

 

February, notably the shortest month of the year has flown by. Along with the countless snow days Durfee has experienced, and our vacation that just passed, its hardly believable that the school year is coming to a close before my eyes.

 

I cannot help but to feel as though something has been missing throughout the month however; the presence of Black History. February is Black History Month, and though it mainly appeals to the minority, there is a sizable population of African-American students that attend Durfee. Throughout our classes we have not spoken of Black history, our morning announcements have not made mention of any memorable faces in the African-American community, or given Black “quotes of the day”.


I can see why many students might disagree with the school system emphasizing Black history during February. Questions such as “Why is it that Black history is important, yet there is no white history month?” may arise. From an African-American perspective, it seems unfair. Being biracial, I try to appeal to both my cultures of being Caucasian and Black. The only time students regard Black History at all is on Martin Luther King Day, when they are out of school and have free-time; but is Dr. King’s dream even in the minds of these students?

 

It saddens me that in such a diverse community, and in a liberal part of the country, prejudices still exist. I decided I needed to ask other black students how they felt about everything from the current racial tension throughout the country, and the lack of African-American history throughout Durfee.


Senior, Maenisha Powell feels that there is a “lack of proper teaching of Black history in schools, and the ignorance of the students shows that it’s apparent.” Powell has felt targeted and ridiculed for her race all throughout her life, yet has felt the pressure of racial preference mostly in high school. “Many people of color in the US still deal with all forms of racism and it’s a problem. People of all races need to take a stand and call out the injustices they see everyday,” said Powell.


If you look around Durfee you see nothing of Black influence. There are no portraits of strong black leaders, only white. 


I'm not trying to complain because I love Durfee, and think it is a positive environment, yet I and many people also love their culture, and I wish Durfee made African-Americans feel as positive as if we were the majority.