Things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. Psalm 78:3-4 ESV (English Standard Version)
Ah, here we are in February.
February is the month for the observance of African-American History.
Started in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History the second week of February was to be “Negro History Week. ” This seemed to be the ideal month because Negroes were known for recognizing the birthday of Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.
As time progressed, Negro History Week in 1970 was being celebrated as African-American History Month by students at Kent State University. By 1976, as part of the United States Bicentennial, African-American History Month was officially recognized by the United States government.
However, I consider February the month of guilt reparation.
Guilt reparation is what can be described as making White people feel responsible for the atrocities of slavery that took placed because of their past ancestors.
Sad to say but America’s African-American History Month is slowly being chipped away with various school boards decrying foul. For some, they claim that “African-American History Month” takes away from other ethnic groups who also have contributed to the building and success of America.
In other words, those who are vocal are trying to rewrite and play down American history as sinless and without guilt.
Here’s a bit of history that I think you will find interesting. It’s about the origins of New York Central Park by way of the removal of African-American property owners.
Seneca Village existed in 1825 by African-Americans. It was a prosperous community with property owners and attracted other ethnic immigrant groups, Germans and Irish. Seneca Village was the model of America’s melting pot until a group of advocates wanted the land for a park.
The property owners were proposed $2335 for their property. They refused. Residents fought to maintain their land for two years. However, Mayor Fernando Wood through eminent domain took all the private property and razed Seneca Village in 1857.
Seneca Village, once a vibrant multicultural community was no more.
Finally, if a segment of America would stop trying to rewrite its history, perhaps the truth with all its ugliness and cruelty might give way toward forgiveness and unify us as a people who God would be pleased with.
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