Black history is often overlooked by the textbooks, media and society. It really is up to us to teach and preach. Not just to our own kind, but to others. You can’t properly teach American History without Black History. We are co-authors, not footnotes.
If you think that the official narrative is fair and balanced, take an African American studies course. Or a Native American studies. The presumption of Caucasian identity of key figures in our history can often be wrong. Like the Lone Ranger. Or the first to perform open-heart surgery. Or the inventors of key American technologies, like dry cleaning, the blood bank, UV photography, mass shoe production, elevator automatic doors, etc etc etc.
For those who question the importance of pointing out race in cases like these, my response is if it isn’t important, then why were we taught that they were not Black? Also, the clarification shows just how INTEGRAL Blacks are in the Advancement of American technology, academia, economy, society and history. As kids and young adults, a much different perspective of our relevance is hammered into us.