Why Draymond Green Wants To Do Away With Black History Month

‘At some point, can we get rid of it?’ the NBA power forward asked. But he gave his reasons why he wants the change.

Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green has an issue with the timing of when we celebrate Black History Month and has recommended getting “rid of it.”

Following a victory Tuesday (Feb. 28) over the Trail Blazers, the power forward came to a press conference wearing a Black History Month T-shirt. Green commented to reporters that they’ve never seen him wearing a Black History Month shirt during the month-long celebration.

“I really just threw this shirt on because I didn't have another shirt to throw on. But Black History Month, at some point, can we get rid of it? Like, at some point?” he asked.

Green continued: “Why we got to keep getting the shortest month to celebrate our history? You got governors wanting to take our history out of schools. And I'm not going to be the fool to go say, yeah, we can celebrate it for 28 days.”

Green clarified that he doesn’t want to get rid of Black history, as some Republican governors are accused of doing. He just doesn’t want it limited to a 28-day celebration of Black achievement and the struggle for equality.

“Teach my history from January 1 to December 31, and then do it again, and then again, and then again, and then again. That's what I'd like to see,” he said.

Green’s sentiment reflects that of many others who have called for teaching Black history throughout the year. But to clarify, Black History Month is in February because in 1926 historian Carter G. Woodson wanted to encourage teachers to focus on Black history in education, so he sent out a press release announcing “Negro History Week.”

He picked February because it contained the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, two very popular figures in the African American social narrative of the time. From there the concept gained traction and more course materials for the study of Black history circulated. In 1976, with the Black Identity Movement in full flow and with more demand for the study, the week was expanded to Black History Month.

A Push To Block Black History

During Black History Month, officials in several states, including Arkansas, Virginia, North Dakota and Mississippi, were reviewing whether Advanced Placement African American Studies should be banned from high schools in their state.

The drama over AP African American Studies began Jan. 12 when the Florida Department of Education sent a letter to the College Board saying that the course content "is inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly lacks educational value."

Florida Gov. DeSantis Defends Banning AP African American Studies In State High Schools

After a backlash, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis defended his opposition to the course, claiming that some of the course material includes CRT (Critical Race Theory) and has an agenda to indoctrinate students, pointing to topics on Black LGBTQ studies, reparations, mass incarceration and the Movement for Black Lives.

Under the leadership of DeSantis, who has his eyes on a possible 2024 White House run, the Republican-dominated state legislature passed a measure dubbed the “Stop WOKE Act'' that the governor signed into law last April. It restricts how race is discussed in public schools, colleges and workplaces, prompting accusations that his agenda is to rewrite history.

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