History for all

By: 
Patrick Fisher, New Prague Times

Let me begin this by saying I apologize if I came across as too flippant in last week’s piece. February is Black History Month and it is a time to take a deeper look at the inventions, accomplishments and contributions of our fellow Americans. For me personally there is journalist Ida B. Wells, who fought for civil rights both for women and Blacks.

Our country was built by many people from all over the world or were already here. There are months dedicated to our fellow Americans who helped our country. November is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month, National Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 to October 15 and March is Women’s History Month.

Some might ask why we need to learn the history of others. That is one of the issues we are facing and has been going on far longer than we would like, the creation of “others.” People are also creating divisions when they use generalizations. “They are all like that.” “Everyone who belongs to that group believes that.”

We have to remember that we are all Americans. That our country’s motto is “E Pluribus Unum,” Out of Many, One. That just like our English language came into being from many different languages, so is our country. We have to remember the United States is continuously reaching toward the declaration, “All are created equal.” It’s been a long hard struggle for us to reach this point in our history. It’s going to continue to be a long struggle to reach the goal of equality.

Learning the history of everyone who has lived in our country will help us reach that goal. When more of us know history it helps us avoid the mistakes of the past and create something better.

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