February is finally here, so we all know what that means. It’s “Black” History Month. This month, you’ll see a ton of posts on social media sharing what is commonly referred to as “Black History.”
Now, if you’ve been following this blog for some time now, you know I have a few issues with “Black” History Month.
What The Fuck is “Black”
First things first, I need to clear up why I use quotation marks whenever I use the word “Black.” For 2021 and beyond, I’ve made the personal commitment to refrain from using race-based words.
You can’t dismantle an ideology you still cling to.
As long as we continue to use the word “Black” to define who we are as a people, we’ll never reclaim our true cultural identity. And before y’all get going about how “we’ve changed the meaning behind the word “Black” to mean something powerful,” let me quickly say that I’m completely aware of this history and the strides people like Martin Luther King Jr. and Kwame Ture made to make that change happen. However, just as informed as I am with that history, I’m also well informed of the history before the change. Like the words Negro and Nigga, Black was created to remove us from our cultural and ancestral identity.
Regardless of how you feel about that history and what has been done to reverse that stigmatism, the legacy of the word Black remains with us. At least it does as long as we keep it alive.
“Black tells you how you look, but it doesn’t tell you who you are.”John H. Clarke
The Propaganda of Amerikkka’s “Black History Month”
So-called “Black” history doesn’t begin with chattel slavery. But according to “Black History” in Amerikkka, it does, and most of the content you’ll see this month will reaffirm this false narrative. Don’t fall for the bullshit.
To help you curve the bullshit, here are some documentaries that cover the real history and experience of continental Afrikans and those in the Diaspora.
Documentaries About The Afrikan Experience in the Diaspora You Should Watch This Month
Now that I got all that out of the way let’s get to why you’re all here.
I love documentaries. When properly done, I think they’re one of the best ways to consume a lot of information in a short period of time. Over the past couple of years, I’ve posted many pieces that highlight documentaries surrounding Afrikan history and the Afrikan experience throughout the diaspora that I think are worth the watch. However, this will be the first time I make a post where all of my favorite documentaries are in one place.
During so-called “Black History Month,” I’m challenging you all to make a personal commitment to watch every single one of these.
Ancient Afrikan History
The Afrikan Experience Throughout the Diaspora (Mainly Amerikkka)
Interested in watching/listening to lectures that expand on these topics? Check out the following post: