Ending Black History Month at the beginning—in 1619
We cannot undo America's history of racism, but we can reckon with it and repair it to create a future in which Black lives matter and everyone thrives.
We should resist attempts to censor education about the history and legacy of slavery and racism in the United States if we are to achieve the America that our laws aim to protect, that our values uphold, that people before us fought and died for, that we dream still is possible and that decency demands.
Fifty years may seem like an eternity to many readers whose parents hadn’t even been born then. It was a time when homosexuality was illegal, and discrimination was an inherent part of social structures. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) people were subjected to slurs, intimidation and violence. It makes me sick just to think about it.