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    (Original post by Heteronym)
    You're missing the point. It is not because they do not want to become doctors, but because more often than not they just CAN'T! They are not in a position where they can have access to higher education and become qualified professionals. It's not their choice. In fact, the whole problem is their lack of choice.

    They get paid less, they strive to find jobs (even the ones who are qualified), they are seen as less trustworthy, they suffer hate crimes or are just automatically scrutinised in every situation when facing a white person. As I said: they are born in disadvantage. Being this the case, treating them as the ones who do not face such hassle could hardy be called "equality".
    Well surely all you are saying is that my goal of treating people equally on their own merits has not been achieved, due to people's prejudices? And your solution to this prejudice is... more prejudice?
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    Well, I'm not proposing any solutions. I merely pointed out that there is a significant difference between written laws and concepts and the practical reality, one which we cannot ignore if we want reach the state that said concepts estipulate.

    The problem is you keep putting my opinions inside your conceptually based realm. We have to move further away from it if we would wanna actually come up with a feasible solution or a common ground. There is no point in just asserting that we are equal and should be treated and such and then sit back, calling every measure to lessen the very obvious differences based on prejudices that society begets wrong and racist. They exist. Ignoring them won't get us anywhere.
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    (Original post by jobsafish)
    Hey, I would just like to start by saying that I am in no way racist. Can somebody please explain to me why educational institutions in England have a designated black history week?
    We teach children that everyone is the same etc from as soon as they are old enough to understand, so why do we then have black history week which surely i just another way of segregating people? What about white history week, chinese history week etc. Why is 'black history' not just incorporated into history lessons in general?.
    Well if you look at the history of black people, we haven't had it easy (slavery, colonisation, draining of natural resources from Africa resulting in the state of Africa today, socially, economically etc) and we still don't. Unfortunately we are seen to be the inferior race by a lot of people, and so it is felt that by having a black history week/month it makes it that little bit better. I think having a Black History month is supposed to say to black people, that we are of value .However Black history shouldn't be squashed into a week/month, and I agree it should be incorporated into general history. However the fact of the matter is that Black history is seen to be not as important as other parts of history.
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    It singles people out and only tries to divide our culture even more. History is history, wether it's black, white, asian it doesn't matter. But I think it's ridiculous how people react when someone like myself would say something on the subject like "Black history month is stupid." And people are in shock,


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    (Original post by Kiss)
    White liberal guilt.
    Correct. It's patronising as **** like you say, lefty white do-gooders giving black people a history month out of the kindness of their nice, white hearts. Oh how very kind.

    **** off.
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    People need to understand that racism in this day and age is not the underlying problem in society. 'Classism' is the real problem. Those at the top with ridiculous amounts of power such as politicians and academics, use racism as a way of keeping masses in their place. This is the reason why certain racial remarks are being made in this very thread.

    In my opinion this country does not teach black history on a regular basis, as a way of keeping people content with England's system of oppression. Those in power are scared of black children and even Asians learning about their background because it will empower them, it will make them smarter causing them to challenge the bourgeoisie.

    Thus we are taught complete nonsense about the great kings and queens of Britain. Black history should be created by the people by getting together on occasions to understand who we are as people and where we came from. However, we have been made to believe that black history in not relevant in society (apart from one month) so we just nod and accept it.
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    (Original post by WGR)
    The Mali Empire bankrolling Southern Europe for the whole of the middle ages with their vast gold and salt reserves
    Not important
    The African theatre of the Cold War which was fought largely between Africans
    Not important
    The Ethiopian Kingdom of Aksum which commercially linked The Roman Empire with India
    Not important
    The Zimbabwean Kingdom of Mutapa which Traded with both the Portuguese and Arabs.
    Not important.

    Black people actually have a strong trading contribution to world history because unlike what racists like you think Africa wasn't full of savages running around mindlessly with spears. There were plenty large and sophisticated kingdoms sitting atop the most mineral rich lands on the planet. At first the Europeans traded nicely but once they got the technological advantage they decided to be unsporting and just plain break up and rob the African states leading to the situation today. Without all this trade Europe wouldn't have gotten half as rich and powerful as it did seeing as they didn't actually have the muscle to forcibly take what they wanted until well into the 19th century.
    I intentionally made that offensive and inaccurate statement to point out why it is absurd to designate a special month to recognize black history. If that statement is in fact ignorant, then there is no need for a black history month. You seem to agree.
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    (Original post by falseprofit)
    I intentionally made that offensive and inaccurate statement to point out why it is absurd to designate a special month to recognize black history. If that statement is in fact ignorant, then there is no need for a black history month. You seem to agree.
    Ok, glad we agree then.
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    (Original post by Chihiro95)
    The ones that don't care about race are the ones that haven't experienced it or had a loved one be racially abused.
    But I have had a loved one racially abused.

    My loved one was white.

    His attackers were not - and when the police questioned them, they admitted to racial motivation.

    So, what were we talking about that is ON topic ..?
    Oh yes, why have a 'black history' week/month, and if we are going to have such a thing, why not have a 'white history' week/month (in which we make sure we remove all races from the history lessons unless they are white).
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    (Original post by Shayshay95)
    However the fact of the matter is that Black history is seen to be not as important as other parts of history.
    On a history of the British Isles, I don't believe that anyone is ignored just because of their colour. In a history of Africa, I don't believe that anyone is ignored just because of their colour.

    Pre-graduate history is always viewed from a local viewpoint, otherwise it simply takes too long to explain and becomes even more irrelevant to the school students who have to sit through the terrible lessons given by most history teachers, who seem to have the knack of taking an excitingly relevant topic and converting it into boring drivel. Only in specialist studies of history can the student expect to immerse themselves deeply enough in comparative anthropology enough to understand the native viewpoint. But that has nothing to do with race.

    Teaching segregated racial history is not only farcically impractical, it also sends the wrong message about racial integration.
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    (Original post by Darien)
    But I have had a loved one racially abused.

    My loved one was white.

    His attackers were not - and when the police questioned them, they admitted to racial motivation.

    So, what were we talking about that is ON topic ..?
    Oh yes, why have a 'black history' week/month, and if we are going to have such a thing, why not have a 'white history' week/month (in which we make sure we remove all races from the history lessons unless they are white).
    I highly doubt you're as ignorant of race and it's implications as the poster. The colour of your skin, relative to your surroundings, can cause you great trouble.

    I'm 100% certain pretty much every month is white history month, until you get to A-levels where you have the option of choosing another country.
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    (Original post by Chihiro95)
    I'm 100% certain pretty much every month is white history month, until you get to A-levels where you have the option of choosing another country.
    You seem to be confusing 'country' with 'race'. The two are not the same thing.
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    I do not support it. Whose bright idea was it that we should get rid of racial distinctions by celebrating them?
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    We never had it at school never did anything about black people and their history?
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    (Original post by Chihiro95)
    Privileged in a race sense, since you seem to think racism's been completely eradicated, which it hasn't.
    You're making stupid assumptions, obviously because he has hit a nerve on something you like. Black history month is a farce, and in a way racist itself as it excludes other races from being discussed, black history is just history, and for Britain it is only of very very minor significance.
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    We never had it at our school and I didn't realise it happened here

    I don't have much of an opinion on it, but it seems patronising as **** to Black people and at the same time makes you wonder why there isn't an Asian history week, Jewish history week, Chinese history week etc
 
 
 
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