Lisa Stallings in Leonardtown, MD wants to ban Black History Month

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Check out this letter to the editor in The Enterprise, a newspaper in southern Maryland. (Thanks to Angelyca for the tip!)

Why must our children, no matter what race, creed, religion, etc., be forced to celebrate Black History Month?

As far as I know, this is not a required curriculum yet every year, it consumes the entire month of February.

The schools do not, or shall I say are not allowed to, celebrate other federally recognized holidays (such as Christmas, Hanukkah and Easter).

Children are not required to do book reports about these holidays nor are they forced to listen to biographies over the public address system when it takes away from normal school time. Why is it then, acceptable for Black History Month?

Many children in the schools are not black and therefore have absolutely no reason whatsoever to celebrate Black History Month. This is the exact same thing as many children are not Christian and therefore are not required to celebrate Christian holidays.

I want an end put to school-endorsed celebrations and activities concerning Black History Month.

I no longer want my child to be forced to do a report about a famous black person just because of the month.

I do not want my child to have to listen to stories about Harriet Tubman and George Washington Carver every single year during February.

The whole idea of Black History Month is for black people. There is no Asian History Month or English History Month or Middle East History Month or Russian History Month or Australian History Month.

Therefore, none of these groups has the chance to celebrate their heritage or famous people from their heritage.

I am formally requesting that all activities in the school system that are about Black History Month be banned permanently.

Should anyone else out there feel the same way, please take a minute to e-mail your school principal and e-mail the St. Mary’s County board of education at boe@smcps.org.

You can find your principal’s email address at the school Web site www.smcps.k12.md.us.

Lisa Stallings, Leonardtown

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