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February 7, 2014

HAMILTON: Soul food, white knuckles and Kardashian tans

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Niagara Gazette — Can a black person not be able to engineer an automobile as good as a German; or we just haven’t heard about any blacks that have done so?

Can a German not be black, like the first Volkswagens were?

There are so many race-based expressions in our great American lexicon that if I recited them all I’d turn blue in the face – if I were not already brown; and yet people take exception to the one month that they can take pleasure in ignoring.

Black History Month is more than an opportunity for Europeans and Asians to learn of the great things that blacks have done under the most arduous of conditions; it is also an opportunity for blacks to either be reminded or learn for ourselves. All societies build upon their known history, and when we can archeologically find and reassemble the shattered pieces of our own foundations, then we can more fully enjoy and contribute to everyone’s successes.

If we build higher by building on the accomplishments of those who have gone before us, then black Americans must use the information that we learn about our collective ancestors during Black History Month pour into the ears and minds of our own children, so that they can believe, do and exceed the exploits of those same collective ancestors.

It is that most non-black Americans know of their history and of who their father’s father is or was. Their climb is much easier as a result. Given what our grandfathers and grandmothers had to go through in their lifetimes, just to maintain, will amaze you. We should know more about them than we know of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and George Washington Carver.

It is through such that we can build some sort of positive historical monument of our own; something that is for your family, community, state and nation; despite your local supermarket having no food section that caters to your ethnic culture.

We can do it — because Americans build upon our strengths, and black History Month is one of them.

Contact Ken Hamilton at kenhamilton930@aol.com.

Contact Ken Hamilton at kenhamilton930@aol.com.

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