I'm always a little, how shall I say...apprehensive when Black History Month comes around. Although the premise is fundamentally a good thing; to un-cover un told history of the 'black' diaspora and bring it into the mainstream in order to educate, nurture and enlighten etc etc.
It's just that I feel it has now become a way to enclose 'black history' (whatever that actually means) into the tiny space of a month.
Speak about the history of Africans in Britain since the 1500's; fine. Discuss the Wind Rush and the integration process for West Indians; wonderful. Go into schools and dramatise the life of Mary Seacole; fantastic- as long as it's within the month of October. Outside that and people will begin to thing you're a civil rights vigilante.
Colonising countries such as Great Britain, America, Spain, Portugal, France have ALL benefited from black people. 'Black History' should simply be HISTORY.
Do you know who puts it best? Mr Morgan Freeman...