Black people deserve a time to celebrate themselves and the decency of other communities to listen and learn. Black history is something that should be taught throughout the year.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case, with educational systems banning critical race theory and quashing any attempt to reckon with our nation’s racial legacy. To counter these efforts, it is even more important to be good allies. Recognize internal biases, work to understand and undo them, consume content from Black creators or even take an African American Studies class at a local university.
We live in a society where Eurocentric history and content are taught as the norm, so it is crucial to support the Black community by giving a platform to Black creators, exposing ourselves to Black-focused content, and recognizing the central importance of Black experiences in our teachings of American history—not only during Black History Month but all year. Only then can we truly become a more equitable and tolerant society.