Good article in a recent Nation: “White History 101” by Gary Younge

Regarding Black History Month, he writes about the passive voice as used by people who describe the history of racism: “Leaders ‘get assassinated,’ patrons ‘are refused,’ ” and so on.

He points out that the perpetrators of racism (i.e. white people) are largely left out of the discussion. And that it would benefit us to have more exposure of this side of the equation.

I particularly liked this:

The very notion of black and white history is both a theoretical nonsense and a practical necessity. There is no scientific or biological basis for race. It is a construct to explain the gruesome reality that racism built. But logic suggests you cannot have black history without white history.

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