In a recent interview on Fox & Friends, actress Stacey Dash suggested getting "rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards where you're only awarded if you're Black." But her remarks addressing February's Black History Month were the most publicized.
"There shouldn't be a Black History Month," Dash said on the show. "You know? We're Americans. Period. That's it."
Her comments were widely criticized by the media and by a number of celebrities, but a group of African-American children may have just provided the hands-down best response. Their reactions to Dash's anti-Black History month stance were captured by Because of Them We Can, a photo and video project created by Eunique Jones Gibson to celebrate children's heritage.
The kids couldn’t believe their ears.
"We're not canceling anything," one adorable child said in the video.
The kids perfectly defended our celebration of Black History Month, and, by extension, our national celebration of diversity.
"Black History Month is our time to acknowledge our strength, our accomplishments, our contributions and our beauty," the kids declared. "No negativity, no stereotypes."
Carter G. Woodson, one of Black History Month's founding scholars, stressed that studying Black history is important because the resulting knowledge can be used as a tool in the struggle for racial uplift. He hoped to promote the celebration of the achievements of heroic African-Americans as a bridge to racial equality.
And as evidenced by a 2014 Mashable interview, Gibson's purpose in creating Because Of Them We Can echoes Woodson, decades later.
"If we could show a greater appreciation for one another, respect each other and understand that we all have something unique to offer the world, through something as simple as a child showing us the way… that would be my ultimate hope," Gibson said.