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house Bill H. Res. 13

Should the House Formally Recognize The Significance of Black History Month?

Argument in favor

The theme of 2015 Black History Month is “Civil Rights in America” — a topic that needs to remain at the forefront of every American’s awareness. This resolution would help keep civil rights a part of the national conversation.

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02/21/2015
Black history is an integral part of U.S. history and should thus receive formal recognition.
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Dudewizard's Opinion
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08/07/2015
It's important because it makes people aware. Just because there aren't Asian- or Native American history months doesn't mean this one should be vetoed. White history month is every other month of the year - check your privilege.
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02/08/2016
Since every month is white history month, should recognize attempt to open eyes outside of that paradigm.
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Argument opposed

Simply resolving to recognize the significance of Black History Month will do nothing to change the state of civil rights in America. This resolution may be well intended, but action speaks louder than words.

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03/03/2015
As an Asian minority I don't think it is fair to have a Black history month without also having an Asian history month.
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05/16/2015
We have a month for every nationality except for........ White history month. Don't make it sound like they aren't recognized.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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03/14/2016
Either finally recognize all as equal and make a White History Month, or recognize all as equal and make an American History Month. Either way, make these steps to ensure a happy society. Also, why are we spending time "acknowledging" something when we could be stopping terrorism?
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What is House Bill H. Res. 13?

Black History Month is celebrated in the U.S. every February to acknowledge and educate civilians about the accomplishments and historical legacy of African Americans. 


The theme of 2015 Black History Month is “Civil Rights in America.” The state of civil rights in America became a major topic of national conversation in 2014, following the killings of unarmed people of color — namely Michael Brown, and Eric Garner — by white police officers.


This resolution does not specifically mention last year’s deaths, but instead takes a historical perspective. H.Res. 13 begins by honoring significant achievements of African Americans who succeeded, despite injustice, as artists, scientists, and leaders. It specifically states that the House:

  • Recognizes the significance of Black History Month, and encourages people to use the opportunity to learn about African American history;
  • Recognizes that ethnic and racial diversity is essential to the United States;
  • Encourages all states to include African American history in their year-round curriculum.

Impact

African American community leaders, educational institutions, students in the U.S., news outlets, and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 13

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In Depth: 

This bill has 23 original co-sponsors. Co-Sponsor Rep. Al Green (D-TX) has introduced this resolution every year since 2007. In last year’s press release, Rep. Green noted: 

“This resolution allows Members of Congress to once again reaffirm the importance and story of African Americans in the development of our great nation.” 

In 2014, the resolution also honored the 105th anniversary of the NAACP. This year, the text of the resolution is identical to that introduced in 2013.


Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Al Green (D-TX) Press Release

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African American History Month


(Photo Credit: Flickr user Duke Yearlook)

Official Title

Recognizing the significance of Black History Month.

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    IntroducedJanuary 6th, 2015
    Black history is an integral part of U.S. history and should thus receive formal recognition.
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    As an Asian minority I don't think it is fair to have a Black history month without also having an Asian history month.
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    It's important because it makes people aware. Just because there aren't Asian- or Native American history months doesn't mean this one should be vetoed. White history month is every other month of the year - check your privilege.
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    Since every month is white history month, should recognize attempt to open eyes outside of that paradigm.
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    We have a month for every nationality except for........ White history month. Don't make it sound like they aren't recognized.
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    Either finally recognize all as equal and make a White History Month, or recognize all as equal and make an American History Month. Either way, make these steps to ensure a happy society. Also, why are we spending time "acknowledging" something when we could be stopping terrorism?
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    Creating a declaration of an 'honored month' should not be regarded as contributing towards improving race relations. Time could be better spent.
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    Americans have no particular skin color, so why recognize one color?
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    I'm American Indian. What about recognizing American Indians in this nation for the history that was taken from us? If we recognize one group, we should recognize all. Continuing to call out one group such as our Afro American community only continues causing a big divide amongst Americans. Stop this nonsense of dividing and create one America that is united.
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    Valuing our nations history is important and valuing a historically neglected and marginalized population should be remedied
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    Absolutely not. If we're gonna do it for the blacks, do it for the natives, the Asians, the islanders, the Hispanic. Having a black history month only segregates themselves.
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    I thought you wanted to integrate? How about we teach history all year & integrate it
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    Waste of time and money. Also causes division. No emphasis should be made toward ANY race.
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    If the government keeps creating special allocations for certain groups of people, then they are going against their own liberal ideals. I'd rather have an American History Month.
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    Yes, and we should celebrate the positive cultural contributions.
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    why do we need to have a special month for black people? do we have a month just for white people? the answer to that is no. if we want equality then why are we treating people unequally?
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    The Black struggle continues: dehumanized,impoverized, unequal treatment are among the list of reasons Black History should be taught/remembered.
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    When there is also Asian history,Native American history, White History, Black. History?, nothing. Special
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    Why should we have months for certain races/sexes? This does nothing but make people feel entitled.
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    This is a waste of Congress's time as it only praises a holiday and its significance. It wastes taxpayer money for our congresspeople to take into consideration this resolution.
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