Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green sees limitations in celebrating black history for one month of the year, which is also the shortest month of the year.
Green rang in Black History Month after Golden State’s win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
«We have governors who want to get our story out of the schools, and I’m not going to be a fool saying, ‘Yeah, we can celebrate it for 28 days,'» Green told reporters, via the Mercury News. .
“So at some point, I would like to get rid of that. We are making all these changes in the world: I can’t talk about these people, I can’t say this, I can’t say that.
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«At some point, it’s time to ditch Black History Month. Not ditch Black history, like they’re trying to do. But Black History Month? No, show my history Jan. 1-31 December, and then do it again. And then again. And then again. And then again. That’s what I’d like to see.»
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Black History Month originated from historian Carter G. Woodson’s Black History Week, which he designated in 1926 as the second week of February to commemorate the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, according to The Associated Press.
President Gerald Ford in 1976 was the first President of the United States to recognize Black History Month.
“I urge my fellow citizens to join me in honoring Black History Month and the message of courage and perseverance it brings to all of us,” Ford said at the time.
But celebrating black history for just one month of the year has been a concept routinely scrutinized.
In 2005, actor Morgan Freeman bluntly declared that the concept of a month devoted to black history was «ridiculous.»
«Are you going to relegate my story to a month?» Freeman said on CBS’s «60 Minutes» at the time. «I don’t want Black History Month. Black history is American history.»
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Freeman added that there was no «white history month» and that the only way to get rid of racism was to «stop talking about it.»
Associated Press contributed to this report.