Feb 3, 2006 4:41 PM
Subject: Fuck Black History Month...
Body: This is a press release we have sent out...Please circulate the message, I would like people to think about why this celebration exists and how truly dysfunctional it is.
Subject: M-1 SPEAKS OUT AGAINST 'BLACK HISTORY MONTH'
PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: FEB 1, 2006
M-1 SPEAKS OUT AGAINST 'BLACK HISTORY MONTH'
(NEW YORK, NY) Rapper M-1, of dead prez, sounds off regarding yet another
Black History month celebration this February. The rapper and activist
feels the need to acknowledge Black contributions should be year round and
the acknowledgement of this celebration also acknowledges the fact that
Black life is marginalized. Below is his commentary on what he believes
to be yet another insult thrown at Black people living in the United States:
"Well, first of all I think the concept of Black History Month is insulting
and offensive to all people of African descent. It seems like a measly,
meaningless offer from the parasitic and capitalistic system that has
amassed an empire of wealth from our worldwide community. Instead of
offering us 28 days in February, we should be awarded reparations as this
so-called Black History month doesnt include any agenda to lift oppression
from Black life i.e. war on drugs, taxes, awful healthcare conditions, and
economic disparity. Further, the actual name of this "sacred" month- Black
History Month is damaging propaganda in it of itself. As my partner
Stic.man would say, we should call it Crack History Month because of the
damage that has been done to our community. This is the reason why my most
recent video, Til We Get There, ends up with a group of kids in the hood
around a mural that we created which depicted the words Black History Month scratched out to reveal a more appropriate AFRICAN HISTORY YEAR Therefore, I propose a ban on the term Black History Month because it doesnt identify the land mass and the people that produced everything that we know of as culture today."-- M1, dead prez
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