A Different Take on BHM

The end of February also signals the end of Black History Month. Past president AC Anderson made a very good point on how we look at BHM. A lot of people will tend to use it as a way to bring up bad things in the past but really we should be celebrating achievements. Take a look:

"As a former leader and President of the Omicron-Pi chapter of Kappa Sigma, I was asked to write a personal piece giving my opinion on Black History (BHM) as it relates to the brotherhood. Given my former status within the organization, and as a first-generation Jamaican-Canadian I said, “I’m on it, no problem.” Little did I know gathering my thoughts and compiling them into a written form would lead me to have a slightly different perspective on BHM than just four weeks ago. Allow me to explain.

Although some historical textbooks may not include much (or even accurate) black history in their writings, the impact Black people have made in Canadian and worldwide history cannot be disputed nor be ignored. On an annual basis, the month of February tends to bring highly racialized topics to the forefront of mass and social medias. Of course, this would happen considering the racial tensions that exist in North America and the rest of the world alike. However, for the one month out of the year, debate should never be the focus; the focus should be celebrating the achievements of historical black figures. As a black Canadian citizen with interests in sports and legal matters, I admire persons such as Donovan Bailey and The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander. It is powerful feeling when you belong to a minority group but have witnessed (or read about) others who share your skin colour and have achieved a level of excellence during their lifetime. It’s simply admirable and gives hope that boundaries and barriers can be overcome regardless of world history.

So how does Omicron-Pi and BHM relate exactly? We aren’t a predominantly black organization after all. The answer is simple. I belong to an Order where diversity is the norm, inclusion is a habit, and the melting pot of our Brothers gives us an identity far more unique than the average fraternity. There’s a level of respect that we maintain for one another regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation. No matter the world event or recently trending news topic, I have yet to encounter a period where a Brother had to bite their tongue or withhold their thoughts due to an opinion that varied from the majority. If anything, our cultural differences have only bettered any dialogue on sensitive topics and has allowed for perspectives from all lights to shed during even the most heated discussions. Let the conversations continue."

Yours Truly,

AC Anderson

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