In celebration of the worthy chosen months, Google usually creates graphics for their homepage to express their appreciation for a special time of year. Last year, Google paid homage to the iconic Harriet Tubman during Black History Month by recreating a moment in time when Harriet was escaping from enslavement through passageway of the Underground Railroad. This year, I’m waiting on the Google search page like…
I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t wake up to a display of a proud moment in Black History. A proud moment in my history. I thought to myself that maybe I was overreacting, but I think the issue is that people aren’t reacting enough. Think about it, Google literally does a graphic for anything you can think of, Breast Cancer Awareness month, Christmas, Thanksgiving and several other meticulous days and movements that the average person can’t even remember. But my complaint is not the the support of the myriad designated days that Google chooses to celebrate or rather, acknowledge. It is the lack of attention towards a great movement. One that has been around for years, that was fought for by our ancestors, and that continues to be at the bottom of the celebratory totem pole.
Black history month does not mean “anti-everything-else,” nor is it an attempt to make the rest of the world uncomfortable. Black history is an ode to our parents, brothers and sisters before us to show our pride and appreciation for a heritage that was once referred to as a negative condition. The least we should have this month, is a tiny picture decorating the Google O’s.
It’s way deeper than that of course. Ideally, I’m not upset at the non-decorative Google homepage, I’m more angered by the corporate sharks behind the scenes of these corporations who refuse to recognize the importance of Black representation in mainstream.
Recently, Beyonce was scrutinized by several media outlets for her tasteful attempt at a Michael Jackson/Black Panther tribute during her Super Bowl 50 performance. Nonetheless, most fans didn’t even recognized the blatant testimonial to Black history and the historic narrative of the Black Power movement. Wearing leather boots and outfits, afros and barets; Yonce and her team stole the evening with a power performance filled with brown queens.
The negative backlash from her performance is quite despicable considering that any given artist has the divine right to artistically express themselves―and Queen B did just that.
Essentially, I think that it is necessary for blackness to be celebrated every month among our own people, but for this one month especially; the world should celebrate it. We live in a society so separate that it’s difficult to see where equality is prevalent. Google, you’re a multi-billion dollar company and the most influential media service we have―you need to do better.
“An Angry Black Woman”