In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford became the first American leader to formally recognize February as Black History Month.
With this new development, he said, Americans "can seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."
But what about caucasians? They need that same kind of recognition, too. Or so say some Twitter users are now deeply concerned history is getting white washed, leaving them out all together.
On Monday, those espousing the sentiment took to Twitter to express their dismay at the start of Black History Month, furious that white people do not have more days in the year dedicated to recognizing their race.
When the hell is white history month? I get that black people have overcome shit and still arnt accepted 100% but seriously?
— Nicole (@Mega__Fangirl) February 1, 2016
Wish there was a white history month... https://t.co/qbGO3mU9PG
— Cat™️ (@TyCatania) February 1, 2016
Alas, this is not a new trend. A Tumblr started back in 2012, entitled "When Is White History Month?" features equally dismayed contributors.
And, more recently, a deli owner in Flemington, New Jersey, posted a sign on his store door in March, declaring the start of White History Month.
"No matter what you are — Muslim, Jewish, black, white, gay, straight — you should be proud of what you are. I shouldn't have to feel bad about being white," owner Jim Boggess told Hunterdon County Democrat at the time.
But the sign backfired. Customers were outraged, and by August the deli was out of business.
Similar backlash hit on Twitter on Monday. There appear to be just as many users vocally rejecting the idea of White History Month as there are proponents.
me: happy black history mon-
random person: why isnt there a white history month?
— Meechael Myers (@DemetriusHarmon) February 1, 2016
"But why isn't there a white history month!?" - Dumbasses on social media in February
— Red Flag Respecter (@t_deg) February 1, 2016
Fair warning: I don't wanna hear any "why don't we have a White History Month?" pic.twitter.com/BEgzJKwqZA
— the bigot bully🦸🏾♂️ (@prettypr0social) February 1, 2016
A number of government-affiliated institutions and organizations are spending the month "paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society," the official African American History Month website explains.
But there's one user that put it best, and it's a trope any kid who ever complained about having a Mother's Day and a Father's Day but no Kid's Day would be well acquainted with:
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