Personally I like the idea of (ADD NAME HERE) history month. In my day to day I don't tend to think about particular topics unless it pops up on Twitter or Facebook. In fact, I only learnt that it was LGBT+ history month because of twitter. So these history months I find fascinating as it gets me to think about social history. How far we have come and how much farther we can still go.
Now I focus more on the LGBT+ community side of things as a few years ago I found out that I'm a part of it. I don't follow race issues as much, as I thankfully don't come across racism as I used to in my youth. Though race issues do come up from time to time that just baffles me.
Things that seem to come up with movements, rights, parades etc. I do come across people (online and R/L) who say "Well we don't have straight pride parade" "Why don't we get white history month?" "If women get woman's day, when do we get Men's day?"
Now obviously I'm not saying that every single straight white man says this. Thankfully it is very few.
My thoughts? Well, These events have come from an angle of subservience, ridicule and dehumanisation. And if last year has taught us anything, it's still here.
Another thing I find interesting is that some of these people thing that feel that more rights to others means less rights for them, which I don't really see. You can still go about your day to day.
The last point I'll being up this that I still feel that our modern rights groups are still necessary. However there are still issues within the groups. The Malcom X's of the groups. The people want to be "more equal then others" which opposes the foundations on which the movement was build.
I was a YouTube video that was published after the US legalised guy marriage. This YouTube channel was about tips and tutorials on how to grow and maintain dreadlocks. So this man put out a video about gay rights verses black rights. I did not watch the video though. All I could think was why did you put this video out? Who is this helping? To me, black rights and gay rights are to different. They fought for different things. It feel like a one sided argument for a two person discussion. And worst of all, making more division.
I'm an optimist. Which isn't easy. But I still hope that one day all of this nonsense will stop and we'll all just be happy.