It's Black History Month

Get over it. No seriously. Over the past five years--much like the "Whither Kwanzaa" debate--the "Why do we have black history month?" debate has become an annual feature. 

You know me well--I don't light no candles, and I don't force my kid to memorize "black facts." I realize that Black History month, and Kwanzaa, have become profane and commercial over the years. But look, nothing says American like ethnic gimmickry and a noble idea turned into a racket.

No one's demanding you sing "Lift Every Voice" every morning before you go to work. No one's ordering you to hoist the Red Black and Green. It's the shortest month of the year. Get over it. It'll be March soon enough.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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