Okay, I teach at a majority white liberal arts college in MN. I have been extremely disappointed with respect to the lack of attention to AAHM/BHM, particularly this year.
I subsequently address two black administrators at the college, one in the presidents office as Director of Diversity Initiatives, and the other Director of Multicultural Affairs. Both men are ~ 50.
The Diversity Director told me that he was unfamiliar with celebrations associated with Black History Month. The Multicultural Affairs Director said that if there is any activities that take place on campus, they would have to be student generated, and the financial resources obtained from Student Government. There is nothing, in his recollection, that has involved the larger campus community, administration, or town.
I had a talk with my wife that was the catalyst for this conversation, and when I told her the responses that I got, she was shocked, I was shocked and pissed.
I want to call BS on both this men. How in the hell does a Black man reach 50+ without knowing anything about BHM, celebrating it, etc. I feel like they are simply going along to get along, but that is not me. I am not as active as I used to be, and I also realize that as nontenured faculty, I am vulnerable, but this is really got me heated.
Am I being irrational, or am I right to begin my master plan to subvert the status quo?