Today is Throwback Thursday. It’s also the 19th of February. February is Black History month in the United States. So, I’m sharing this post, which led to a great conversation about who gets to tell the story of black people. With the events of police killings of black citizens that felt very much like events from 1964, a fresh conversation has been opened about race relations in the U.S. Once again, this article feels relevant. Who should tell the story of black people, not just in the U.S., but worldwide?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!
I just read an article on Tavis Smiley’s blog that raises an excellent question: Are Whites Entitled to Write Black History?
On the surface, some think the race of the person writing the historical event should not matter. For argument’s sake, let’s take race out of it. I suggest that we let scholars in Vietnam write American History. Oh…now that changes things doesn’t it? Certainly, the interpretation of why certain events took place would change. Or maybe we should allow the British to take charge of telling the American story. (I hear patriotic folks passing out all over the country.) So, why is this question of which race is able to interpret black history better such a controversial question? Why does this matter in 2011?
The proverb referenced in Alan Katz’ post says it best: “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify…
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