Black Future Month: Examining the current state of black lives and envisioning where we go from here
Aiming to highlight and celebrate the contributions of Black people to human history and combat racial prejudice, the “Negro History Week”, institutionalized almost 90 years ago, evolved into the Black History Month. These numerous commemorations take place every year in February in the USA and Canada.
However, given the perpetuation of racial discriminations against Black people in today’s society – as shown by the representation of Black people in prison population and victims of police shootings – solely commemorate the past isn’t perceived as being enough by several communities defending the rights of Black people.
Consequently, Opal Tometi – Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and Co-founder of Black Lives Matter – calls to seize the opportunity of this month to take action and change the course of history by shaping the future.
Black History Month is thus rebranded as Black Future Month.
Such changes are necessary considering that, “far from ending, systemic racism reinvents itself to conform to what is publically acceptable”. Moreover, frontal attacks against Black people keep happening in a society that hasn’t evolved to become a “post racial society”.
As a result, while Black History Month is concerned with making sure black people remain a part of US’s collective historical memory, Black Future Month focuses on black people’s dreams, breaking open how black people are envisioned in the futures they are creating.
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"Il devient absolument urgent de mettre un terme à cette injustice. Il y a un manque de connaissances et de recherches. Il faut donc promouvoir le recueil de témoignages, mais aussi construire des mémoriaux, organiser des expositions..." - @BenjaminAbtan