Reflecting on Black History Month
What Black History Month means to me
By Cain Tichareva, Service Manager, Harrogate
Black history month, for me, is about reflecting on how the life of black people has evolved in the UK and around the world. By reflecting on how the past has been for black people makes me appreciate the changes that have taken place for us to reach the stage we are at now.
It’s about acceptance, recognition, integration and achievements to name a few. It should give us the desire to make our society better no matter the colour of our skin. We should always strive to learn from the past and make sure the future is bright for our children and theirs after and so on.
There are still a lot of things happening that need to change, like the unfairness of the justice system towards people of colour, and not being properly represented in institutions that have a vested interest in us i.e. government and educational institutions.
Ethnic and racial hatred are things that we will not be able to fully extinguish, but how we react to them will determine how we move forward. ‘’An eye for an eye makes the world go blind’’ is a saying that has always made sense to me and I wish that more people can see it that way in the future.Black history month should be used to celebrate the accomplishments that we have made and encourage us to look forward with hope. We have come a long way and I feel confident for my daughter’s future; it’s up to me teach the consequences of our actions and for our children to be confident in whatever they choose to do.