It’s February 1st and the first day of Black History Month! We believe #BlackHistory IS #AmericanHistory, and it’s important for all of us to know, regardless of our race, creed, color, or national origin.
Unfortunately, many American children are taught very little, if any, #BlackHistory in school, which leads to adults who don’t know as much about #BlackHistory or black people as they should. After all, how can we fully love our neighbors as we love ourselves if the only things we “know” about them are gleaned from the nightly news?
So we are celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth by sharing anonymous stories of empowerment from our readers and subscribers, as well as answering some of the tough questions that many of our allies have posed over the past few weeks. It’s literally going down in Uncolorblind’s DMs!
*For our readers who don’t understand this reference to one of the most popular hip hop songs right now, feel free to enlighten yourself click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzJyWmDWpqY*
Here are the rules:
1. If you want to submit a story of empowerment or question you have until 7:00pm EST on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays in February. All submissions will be kept anonymous and any identifying information will be removed before posting. You can submit your story or question by sending a DM to our Facebook page or through the contact form on our website. If you miss the deadline, it may just mean that your submission won’t be in the running for the following day. It will still be possible to make an appearance during the month.
2. For the stories of empowerment, you can submit on any topic that makes you feel empowered during Black History Month. For example, Thurgood Marshall is very empowering for us as black lawyers, and when we have rough days, we often go back to his lessons for inspiration. We will likely share some of these hard days during the month and hope to share some of yours, too. Remember, the goal of this is empowerment, so while the underlying experience or story might be negative, the empowerment piece must be there as well.
3. For questions from allies, anything is game. We will note that we are by no means the authority on all things black or diverse and opinions can differ, but we will answer to the best of our ability. And we will invite our readers and subscribers to comment and answer as well. We’ve already had several questions in this vein, such as how to be a good white ally when the apparent choice is between your (white) children and black children. There are some very tough questions, and the answers aren’t always very clear, but we will answer them the best we can this month.
4. ANYONE can submit! Really! Please?! No limitations. None whatsoever. This is Uncolorblind, after all, where we see, live, and embrace diversity. Bring us all of yours during the month of February.
We look forward to receiving your submissions and posting them on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays! Let’s get it; it’s going down in Uncolorblind’s DM all month long!