Black history month doesn’t mean anything to me in its current state. I say this because the history of African peoples began from the creation of time. Black as a mode of identification of People of African Descent only came into being as part of the European’s ideology of racism, of which all their institutions and structures are based.
As far as I’m concerned, the current British education system doesn’t teach Brits their true history. If it did, we would not be having this conversation. The African people’s enslavement is a major chapter of Britain’s past because that is what the Brits did to us. That is how Britain grew its wealth and funded its industrial revolution, and Britain’s descendants are enjoying the profits of enslavement to this day.
Why would you expect a country whose museums are filled with stolen artifacts from other countries to teach your children about their history? We should be taking responsibility for this; beginning with the stories of our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents if they are willing to share. Discover their contribution to British society and value what they went through for us to be where we are today. There is plenty of literature available about our ancient history, so we really have no excuse.
As the great Marcus Mosiah Garvey said
“A people without the knowledge of their history, origin and culture is like a tree without Roots “Marcus Mosia Garvey (1887-1940)