Uh. No. Discrimination is being discriminant about these things. If anything, the months themselves are discriminatory.
Women’s history month celebrates women’s history at the exclusion of men.
Black history month celebrates black history at the exclusion of all who aren’t.
1. an act or instance of discriminating.
2. treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit: racial and religious intolerance and discrimination.
3. the power of making fine distinctions; discriminating judgment: She chose the colors with great discrimination.
4. Archaic . something that serves to differentiate.
dis·crim·i·nate [v. dih-skrim-uh-neyt; adj. dih-skrim-uh-nit] verb, -nat·ed, -nat·ing
verb (used without object)
1.to make a distinction in favor of or against a person or thing on the basis of the group, class, or category to which the person or thing belongs rather than according to actual merit; show partiality: The new law discriminates against foreigners. He discriminates in favor of his relatives.
2. to note or observe a difference; distinguish accurately: to discriminate between things.
verb (used with object)
3. to make or constitute a distinction in or between; differentiate: a mark that discriminates the original from the copy.
4. to note or distinguish as different: He can discriminate minute variations in tone.
… both illustrate this.
So, no. These months don’t actually help anything. They only serve to further the separation that breeds discrimination.
But, hey. Probably just white, male, ‘splanation. Prove me wrong.
So, women and people of color aren’t allowed to celebrate their achievements without the inclusion of the very people who are marginalizing them? Because, you know, White Male History is celebrated every single fucking day. I think women and people of color deserve more than just one lousy month, don’t you?
First, POC doesn’t equal black. If you go there, then where the fuck is Chinese history month? Egyptian? Mexican? Korean? Eskimo? Syrian? Libyan? Iraqi? Iranian? Afghan? How many months are there? Oh right. Black and white. There. There’s 12. Happy now? Or do you just want the months in principle?
Second, I have oppressed no one. Fuck that. Racially, my ancestors were even in Canada at the time of this marginalization you speak of! Don’t you think you’re making a bit of a mass conclusion about me because of my skin color? If you are, fuck you. My ancestors never owned slaves, or oppressed black people, and I resent the racist sentiment. Deal with me, not my melanin levels. And sexually, my family was Feminist in the era of womens’ mass right reclamation. So, no, not even there. Deal with me, not my testosterone levels.
And “White Male history” is not celebrated every day. Human history is. You can’t change what happened by altering concentration of “celebration,” you can only exclude based on these petty factors, which makes you no better than the society you claim to be angry at. Your comment attempts to invoke pity for the sake of righteousness. It won’t work with my blog. I’m unapologetic, because I don’t need to be apologetic. I’ve done nothing wrong to my multiracial brethren or the women of the world, so why the fuck am I marginalized, even for a month, by this society, upon which I have left no racial or sexual scars?
So, no. Nobody “deserves” a month. All that does is say, “Hey, racism, and sexism are fun! Join us in the festivities.” Additionally, go far enough back, and all ancestors are guilty of a bit of oppression, even you. So don’t even go there.
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