Black History Month is dumb. And it provides no value for black Americans or anyone else.
In reality, black history is American history, and any attempt to detach the two separates blacks from their country and empowers useless black “leaders.”
Instead of celebrating Black History Month, I challenge black Americans to get over their “blackness” and start building character this month!
Over the past 50 years, blacks have been seduced away from character and truth. Their “leaders” have convinced them that their struggle is a physical battle with whites and that America is a racist nation. The truth is that there is good and bad in every race, and every human being is engaged in a spiritual battle of good versus evil.
Blacks in the United States are the freest and wealthiest group of blacks anywhere. If black America were a country, it would be the 15th wealthiest nation in the world.
Blacks who are caught up with their skin color and think they need a Black History Month foolishly believe they are righting past wrongs. The sad truth is that they’re wasting their time and building false pride.
Instead of highlighting black men and women of character and achievement, Black History Month often glorifies the worst in black America. During the upcoming 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards, the liberal organization will honor racists Eric Holder and Spike Lee. Self-serving liberal black “leaders” like Barack Obama, Rep. Maxine Waters, and Jesse Jackson will also be recognized at events throughout the month of February. The very people who encourage hate and hold black people back are celebrated as heroes.
The focus on color over character has created a shameless generation of blacks. Black immorality (72 percent out-of-wedlock birth rate), overly sexualized black films and vile rap music and the thug culture are what pass for black culture today. The inner cities are crime-infested ghettos. Chicago has the “distinction” of being called “Chi-Raq” (named after Iraq).
It wasn’t always this way. Most blacks used to be moral. They believed in hard work and valued character, and few were racists.
When blacks valued character over color, they produced great men like Booker T. Washington. Despite having been born a slave, Washington founded Tuskegee Institute in 1881 – a very successful school in Alabama that taught blacks highly desirable trades and skills. Washington also encouraged blacks to be a moral and self-sufficient people, and he became one of the most influential educators of his time.
A black culture that valued character also produced George Washington Carver. Born to slave parents in Missouri, Carver went on to become a great botanist and inventor. A devoted Christian, Carver is best known for his research into finding alternative crops to cotton, such as peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes, which fed and provided much-needed nutrition for poor farm families. We still use hundreds of his inventions today.
Washington and Carver are great examples, and they were highly regarded by blacks and whites. Republican President Theodore Roosevelt publicly acknowledged them both for their contributions. But because they were not into promoting racial division and creating social chaos, their legacy and that of others like them has been relegated to footnotes during Black History Month. You may hear their names, but you’ll rarely hear about the principles that shaped their lives.
Focusing on color is a losing proposition. The obsession with race leads to anger, blame and bitterness, which ultimately destroys people. The time and energy wasted on hatred leaves little time and energy for productive living; whereas building a life based on character and love will help one succeed in life.
Focusing on color over character gave us Barack Obama – the worst president in U.S. history.
Focusing on skin color and gender is about to give us Loretta Lynch, another Obama appointee for U.S. attorney general, who will continue Eric Holder’s dirty work – trampling on our rights and dividing our nation.
The preoccupation with their blackness has made many black celebrities stone cold racists. For example, singer Stevie Wonder hijacked the recent funeral of famous gospel singer Andrae Crouch to make a political statement. He accused Obama’s critics of opposing the president because he’s black! Stevie can’t help being physically blind, but there’s no excuse for being a spiritually blind fool.
Starting this month, take my “Get Over Your Blackness” challenge. I urge you to question everything you see and do during Black History Month and ask yourself, “Is this helping to develop my character or is it sucking me in to focus on my race and making me a resentful person?”
If we can get blacks to start to question that which they’ve blindly accepted for decades, we can turn things around in a heartbeat. But unless they begin to open their eyes, black Americans will soon be history.
For details about Rev. Peterson’s “Get Over Your Blackness” challenge, please stay tuned to his website at Bondinfo.org.
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