Socialist Party USA: Statement on Black History Month

From the Socialist Party USA People of Color Commission:

February is Black History Month. It’s a time when our public institutions, and corporations give a little extra attention to the accomplishments and contributions to the story of the Americas made by Black Americans. Established by Carter G Woodson in 1926, it’s purpose was to promote the contributions made by Black Americans in an effort to undo the contention that Black people have no history, and have made no significant contributions to the history of the Americas.

Since 1926 this project has come along way. What started as a one week remembrance of Black American accomplishments has become an entire month. As a child Black History Month began and ended with the ring of the school bell. By the mid 90’s McDonalds (if only on BET) began crafting ads for fast food to coincide with the month of February. If we weren’t yet recognized as key players in the American experience, our spending power certainly was. As with all things in our country whatever can be turned into a commodity will be turned into a commodity.

The Socialist Party USA is pleased to recognize and celebrate February as Black History month. As socialists we recognize the central role in American, and global history that African peoples occupy. You cannot address the history of religion, science, art, or the study of history itself without beginning with the story of the African. For socialists it is also important to move the stories of Black people out of it’s box in February and into the larger narrative of American History in order to reconstruct a story of the Americas as seen and experienced from the people on the bottom.

There can be no legitimate account of American history that distinguishes between it’s peoples contributions based on the color of their skin.

22 thoughts on “Socialist Party USA: Statement on Black History Month

  1. Fun K. Chicken

    Is it just me, or does this statement contradict itself?

    Their last sentence

    “There can be no legitimate account of American history that distinguishes between it’s peoples contributions based on the color of their skin.”

    Seems to go against the very idea of having a month meant to distinguish just that.

    Am I missing something, and if so, what?

  2. Christopher

    No, you are not missing anything. Just a few white liberals, married to white liberals, who work with white liberals, live with white liberals, socialize with white liberals who need to mention Black History Month.

    White liberals need to sing hosannas to “minorities” to be invited to the next state Democratic luncheon.

    White liberals love “minorities” as long as they don’t live next to them, and lower their home prices.

  3. paulie Post author

    @2 You are painting with too broad a brush. The Socialist Party USA are not all white, all married to whites or all living in white neighborhoods. Being their own party, they are not interested in state Democratic luncheons, and they don’t consider themselves to be liberals.

    But I think the question @1 is a good one.

  4. Mashed Potato with a Twist

    You people don’t get it.

    All people are equal.

    It’s just that some people are more equal than others.

  5. FYI! [More Don Lake]

    Up date on California’s Peace And Freedom Party State wide and Los Angeles County:

    Jan B. Tucker, 55, a Torrance resident, has announced his candidacy for the 36th Congressional District seat soon to be vacated by the impending resignation of incumbent Jane Harman (D).

    Tucker, who says he has run for everything “from assembly to president” on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket, is a prominent activist in feminist, labor and civil rights circles. A private investigator by trade, Tucker holds the record as the longest serving Chairman of the Board of the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI), the world’s largest organization of private detectives.

    In 1974, Tucker was a litigant in a series of lawsuits that overturned California ‘s filing fees to run for public office as unconstitutional, when he ran for State Senator against later-jailed incumbent Alan Robbins (D-Van Nuys). Currently, Tucker has a tort claim pending with the County of Los Angeles as part of a new effort to have the current filing fee system declared unconstitutional. According to Tucker, “the passage of Proposition 14 has led to so much chaos for election officials that the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing even in the same agency.”

    Tucker charges that even though he and another candidate, Carl Iannalfo (17th Senate District) submitted identical paperwork under the California Tort Claims Act, the California Board of Claims summarily rejected his claim by contending that the Secretary of State’s office is not a state agency, while the same board did not summarily reject Iannalfo’s claim for damages.

    “If the State of California insists, as it did with candidate filings in the 4th Assembly District and 17th and 28th Senate Districts, on forcing minor party candidates to get 20 times as many signatures as the law says that they should have to and in less time than is normally allowed, the State is just setting itself up for a lawsuit it can’t win,” said Tucker. “Last time this issue was litigated in 1974, the State and County lost 9-0 in the United States Supreme Court.

    Apparently the Secretary of State’s office has no recollection of the litigation history of this issue and appears to care little about the Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection of the law for working people.”

    [Once again, I disagree width ‘P’ …….. Time after time, even width GLBT, and color codes, the PFP events are as white and pasty as my parent’s ‘White People’s Council’ get togethers in the 1950s. Most radical liberals I have met in the last half century are white and they think that they are thinking ‘color’! ctweber is married to a very pale Russian citizen. Traveling half way round da world for a white wife, how PFP, how typical! ]

  6. Aryan Barbarian

    I nominate March for White Aryan History Month
    in honor of the marching stormtroopers of the SS!

  7. Noble Order of White Knights of the Ku Klux Klansman

    I nominate May – May the White Race prevail in the struggle of the races!

  8. paulie Post author

    “filed under” does not mean it is related to any and all socialist/left news. That what the readers open news threads are for.

  9. Hater

    Hi, I posted some racist “jokes” here that were not funny, so this is what my comment is being changed to. Actually, the only real joke is…me. If I post again, this is going to keep happening.

  10. Hater

    Hi, I’m an ignorant inbred moron with no life and low intelligence. My extremely vulgar racist comment was too long, so it got changed to this.

  11. Buffalo Soldier 9

    How do you keep a people down? ‘Never’ let them ‘know’ their history.

    “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”

    Dr. Carter G. Woodson 1875 – 1950

    “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

    Marcus Garvey 1887-1940

    “A tree without roots can bare no fruit, it will die.”

    Erich Martin Hicks 1952 – Present

    Keep telling that history, our history:

    Read the novel; Rescue at Pine Ridge, “RaPR”, a great story of Black military history…the first generation of Buffalo Soldiers.

    The 7th Cavalry got their butts in a sling again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn’t for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry.

    Read the novel, “Rescue at Pine Ridge”, 5 stars Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the youtube trailer commercial…and visit the website http://www.rescueatpineridge.com

    I know you’ll enjoy the novel. I wrote the story that embodied the Native Americans, Outlaws and African-American/Black Soldiers, from the south to the north, in the days of the Native American Wars with the approaching United States of America. This story is about, brutality, compassion, reprisal, bravery, heroism and gallantry. Read the novel, Rescue at Pine Ridge, the story of the rescue of the famed 7th Cavalry by the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers.

    The novel was taken from my mini-series movie of the same title, “RaPR” to keep my story alive. Hollywood has had a lot of strikes and doesn’t like telling our stories…its been “his-story” of history all along…until now. The movie so far has attached, Bill Duke directing, Hill Harper, Glynn Turman, James Whitmore Jr. and a host of other major actors in which we are in talks with.

    When you get a chance, also please visit our Alpha Wolf Production website at; http://www.alphawolfprods.com and see our other productions, like Stagecoach Mary, the first Black Woman to deliver mail for the United States Postal System in Montana, in the 1890’s, “spread the word”.

    Peace.

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