Sunday, February 1, 2009
February... AMERICAN History Month
I am a veteran.
I have served my country for the better part of my life.
I have been to foreign countries representing my country, I have even carried the American Flag in some of those countries while participating in Military parades.
I love this country with every thing I am. I owe the Military my life.
If I had not talked my mother into signing the papers that put me in the Army at 17, I would either be an inmate,deceased, ex convict or on my way to be any of above mentioned things.
That is where my life WAS headed.
NOW thanks to the Military and the men that taught me how to be a man, I am a Husband, soon to be a father,and a home owner. I have a degree in Computer Technology and I am currently working on a degree in Project Management.
I am drug and disease free, I do not have to worry about the Police and I do not have a baby's mama.
My bills get paid when they are due ( most of the time), my car has never been reprocessed, I have never been evicted from anywhere.
But everything I am now, I would not be if it were not for Black people like this and this.
These Brave Americans put their life on the line for a country that did not give a damn about them.
They SACRIFICED everything just to be treated as HUMANS.
They FOUGHT beside the same men that they could not sit beside.
They BLED the same color of red as the men that treated them worse than their dogs.
They PROTECTED the same women that they were lynched for looking at.
They captured and killed America's enemies. The same enemy that they had to sit BEHIND during military functions .
They did all that just so I could do this.
I can go where I want. I can eat where I want. I can live where I want. I can say what I want.
My History is to broad to be put in one damn month.
Without Black History there would be no American History.
Why does my History have to have a label?
Why is my History not taught and celebrated?
Why do I have to wait until February to be reminded that I am an American?
My history IS American History!!