February 4, 2011
I just read where the Long Beach, California Bishop, William Ervin, has asked black youngsters to stop letting their underwear droop so low it is shocking and disturbing to the few remaining normal citizens who chance to encounter them as they sashay around town.
The teenagers and preteens are also advised they should pull up their pants and underpants to “show respect for Black History Month.” Now what this has to do with showing respect for Black History Month is beyond me. What is Black History Month anyway?
They showed a picture of Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron. In another portrait was the great Jackie Robinson. All four of these gentlemen were truly great baseball players. I am sure every youngster has heard of them, and, of course, with Jackie Robinson no one could say he wasn’t a part of American history. When we salute these great athletes, are we honoring their sports accomplishments or are we trying to convey a much more profound lesson?
History was always my favorite subject from elementary school through college. History was almost a passion with me. I did not consider it hard work to study history because to me it was fascinating to learn the history of the world, the history of the creation of America, and the history of empires who at one time or another dominated their part of the world until a combination of events saw them relegated to the dustbin of history.
But, if someone were to say to me, “Robert, did you study your history lesson today? Did you learn how many home runs Babe Ruth hit? Did you learn how many games Cy Young won?” I would think this person was confusing the study of history with the study of the sports pages.
I am not in any way minimizing the accomplishments all our great athletes have achieved. But, to suggest that this is somehow what a black youngster should consider as a knowledge of history, seems to me to be absurd. But, what is the reason for so-called Black History Month anyway? And what about our non-black youngsters who may be white or Asian? What month is set aside for them?
The truth of the matter is that great intellects like Dr. Thomas Sowell and other black academics feel the time has come to stop observing a black history month. If an African-American youngster still has self-esteem problems, what good has this feel good about yourself charade accomplished?
Maybe it is the white youngsters that need some esteem building. Come to think about it, what has happened to all teenagers, regardless of race? They seem to be lazier than ever. They seem to be interested only in sex and they have less and less self respect and respect for their parents with each passing year.
Am I being too critical? Am I being too negative? Perhaps. But, I ask all of you reading this to let me know what you think and I also ask you to read the February 1 column written by Kevin Mooney in The American Spectator online. You can find the story by clicking here
I want to thank my good friend Alex of White Plains for calling my attention to Mooney’s excellent article.