Draymond Green calls for an end to Black History Month, says 'teach my history' all year
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Draymond Green has made a powerful call to end Black History Month and instead just celebrate the history all year round.
The NBA star delivered a resounding speech to reporters following the Golden State Warriors win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Black History Month in the United States is observed throughout the month of February - the shortest month of the year.
It’s a tradition that Green has taken exception to.
The 32-year-old was responding to a question about George Clinton, a funk musician who is often mentioned in conversations about afrofurism, an art genre centred around Black history.
He said: “I don’t listen to George Clinton every day, but what I do want to go back to is Black History Month.”
“Teach my history from January to December 31st” - @Money23Green— BET (@BET) March 1, 2023
Draymond Green thinks we should end Black History Month. pic.twitter.com/cd8HcMGDgE
Continuing: “We’ve got governors who want to take our history out of schools, and I’m not going to be the fool to say, ‘Yeah, we can celebrate it for 28 days.
“So at some point, I’d like to get rid of it. We’re making all these changes in the world — can’t talk about these people, can’t say this, can’t say that.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis last month blocked a national high school advanced placement course on Black history.
According to the ACLU, 30 state legislatures have been introduced to reduce education on Black history whilst hundreds of books written by authors on race history have been pulled.
Green, who was wearing a shirt that read ‘Built By Black History’ wasn’t interested in taking a one-month celebration as a consolation prize.
The Warriors star wanted to ensure that his comments weren’t misread as minimising black history, but more so the one-month observation.
He continued: "At some point, it’s time to get rid of Black History Month.
“Not get rid of Black history, like they’re trying to do. But Black History Month? Nah, teach my history from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, and then do it again. And then again. And then again. And then again."
"That’s what I’d like to see."
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