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My granddaughter is black – adopted, from Ethiopia. She lives in a mostly white community and school system.
Her school, I gather, has largely ignored February as Black History Month.
Granted, Black History would not teach her much about Ethiopia. Or even about Africa. Black History, from what I’ve seen, deals mainly with American slavery.
Slavery is not limited to American experience, of course. For centuries, all over the world, slaves were property. The mighty could measure their wealth by the number of slaves.
Until recently, the stories of American slavery were not transcribed into words. They were handed down orally. Just as Indigenous stories were. Just as biblical stories were.
Categories: Soft Edges
Tags: Slavery, Black history, Oscar Peterson, jazz