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African American History Month

I would like to participate in African American History Month by writing about my appreciation and admiration for African Americans. More commonly referred to as Black History Month, the month of February is a time reserved for remembering the people and events during the diaspora of the African people; diaspora is a term used to describe a people moved from their homeland. However, I will not use the term Black in my writing as I believe it distracts from the importance of the location in which those who identify as African American hail from. Also, when one says Black History, I personally interpret the saying as history that we would prefer to forget; African American History is more specific and for international discourse, makes more sense. For these reasons I am a strict adherent to the term African American to describe the many distinct peoples who originate from the African Continent, but have made their home in the United States. 

From the moment the earliest Africans landed on the East Coast or any number of neighboring islands, this became their home. They became African Americans and their children and grandchildren helped us build our nation in many capacities. However, we as a people were still discovering that all humans are born with the same inherent inalienable rights and in the early years of African American History, there was enormous suffering, confusion, animosity, and a pessimistic outlook for the future. Yet, out of this suffering came a movement so strong, that the United States would be changed forever. The African American people and fellow supporters for human rights came together and over the next century, would rewrite the book and bring the world to new levels of racial equality.

In 2020, I believe we can all agree that we as a people condemn racism and defend the inalienable rights of all people. Our battle to be legally equal across race has long since been won and what remains now is the commitment to forever make racism an issue of the past and discriminatory practices eliminated. I pledge my loyalty to the African American communities and will forever speak out against human rights violations and condemn racism entirely. I would also like to thank the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and for over a century of unity, direction, and strength. I also recognize the six NAACP Game Changers, the principal objectives of the Association, and I am eager to help this mission as a United States Senator, and a friend. 

My loyalty to the African American people comes from a lifetime of friendship, respect, and collaboration. I have been exposed to a range of African cultures and studied African History at the University of Oklahoma. I quickly found myself enthralled in the continent, its rich history, and the incredible flora, fauna, and natural resources known only to the mysterious rock, Africa. I thoroughly understand the underlying issues that have led to many problems in stabilizing the African continent and as a firm advocate of the United Nations, truly believe the world will be coming together to ensure the many peoples of Africa observe economic gains, maintain their progress, and are protected against further deteriorating actions; this also entails assisting the member states with uprooting corruption.

I do not mean to digress from the subject of this essay, African American History. From the many African cultures that relocated to America, I have been fortunate to attend a couple tribal events. Being Native American, I have an appreciation for ancestral dances and customs, but I have yet to encounter the same energy and distinct styles used in ancestral African dance; this is an art truly unique to its people and I encourage all African Americans to enjoy the richness of their heritage and reconnect with their tribal ancestry.

I would like to end this piece by proposing future recommendations for Politicians. Too often the African American people are classified into one demographic and as our nation is restoring its economy, it is popular to promote new business activities among African Americans; this is no doubt an enormous untapped asset, but I do not feel the approach is effective. The African American men and women know they are smart, capable, and have an opportunity in 2020 to build new businesses, add capital into existing operations, and to prosper. Simply stating the obvious situation is not what will encourage a demographic of people who have known more years of suffering and neglect in our nation than years of joy, peace, and liberty. 

What I propose to help encourage African Americans to participate in new market opportunities is to promise under oath that there will never be racism in the United States ever again, the African American enterprises will never be damaged or destroyed by the any state or federal legislation, and that every measure will be taken to protect the African cultural identities that may be lost, but never forgotten. I wish all those of African descent the most joy during the observance of African American History Month, and for all those who are African American, I am honored to represent your needs in the North Wing of the United States Capitol. 

Committee to Elect Bevon Rogers
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