Debunking Myths Through White History Month
Last fall, in the wake of the "White History Month" flier that appeared on Mercer University's campus, writer Mychal Denzel Smith penned an eye-opening piece for the Guardian.
Smith argued that after years of scoffing at the notion, he agrees that America needs a White History Month. Not because the country needs a month to celebrate the Caucasian Christian male's contributions to society, but because America should devote time to teaching accurate American history, which is bigger than a racial love fest. Smith cites a 1986 speech by James Baldwin, where Baldwin explains that "White Americans" are ignorant of their own history based on years of being fed "myths" about it.
Both Baldwin and Smith are right—there should be time devoted to the accurate retelling of American history. But it should be year-round. That's the only thing that will "save White America from itself," as Smith suggests.