I must admit that for me, personally, this is shaping up to be quite a great Black History Month. Of course, it’s all about the initiative you put into it, but I must say I’ve learned some great facts this month and it’s not even half way over. And since I’m learning such good things, it’s only right that I pass the news along.
Filmmaker, author and activist, Janks Morton, teamed up with the folks over at Black and Married With Kids to debunk some of the myths that discourage and degrade the black community in a new series called “Truths You Won’t Believe.”
In the first episode, they tackled the myth that there are more black men in prison than in college. And in the second episode, they’re shining the light on a beautiful truth about black women.
Here it is. Right now, there are more black women enrolled in college than ever before. Evah.
The number is over half, actually. For African American women ages 18-24, 50.4 percent are enrolled in college.
**Yes! High-fives the nearest black woman.**
Here’s what Janks Morton had to say.
“Never in the history of African Americans in this country have we had such a high uptake of post secondary enrollment. It just hasn’t happened. A moment that we should celebrate. A moment that we should pause. A moment where we should say, ‘Congratulations, keep pushing.'”
You need to ask yourself have I been lied to and if I’ve been lied to, why?”
Though there were clues, I know I’ve been lied to– at least by omission. And Morton explained why it’s so important that we recognize this truth but also the fact that it wasn’t readily reported by mainstream media outlets.
“We need to take a moment and celebrate this historic achievement. CNN won’t cover this, FOX News definitely has no interest. If we do not begin to share our own stories, uplift and elevate our own accomplishments, then we are destined to continually see reruns of “Good Times”, Ignorant and Vile Rappers, denigrating reality shows and numerous other skewed portrayals of modern era Black Identity, further narrowing the perceptions of African Americans as the disproportionate exhibitors of least desirable behaviors in this society.”
You can watch the full video below. And then check out other episodes from the “Truths You Won’t Believe” series here.
Great Black History Month indeed. If this story inspired or uplifted you, be sure to spread the word and tell a friend.