Although it’s the shortest month of the year I as an African American man always welcome Black History Month. It was the time when in Catholic middle School I got to learn about Martin Luther King Jr. every single year. It was the time at work I would be questioned if I thought if OJ was guilty or innocent. It was the time during playing pick up basketball my other raced friends got to use the N-word and then catch themselves and say, “It’s ok; some of my best friends are black.”
Finally it is the time that BET rolls out specials like, “Are too many guns getting into the hands of our youth? Or, “Are their too many young black males in our jail systems? Then after asking those questions immediately returning to music videos showing guns in our youths hands or black men rapping from jail cells.
Yes Black History month is a trip. I remember when the state of Arizona didn’t even want a free day off to acknowledge the Martin Luther King Birthday as a holiday. I forgot what Arizona’s argument was but I assume it may have been because Martin Luther King didn’t carry his birth certificate with him on a traffic stop.
I over heard someone state that having a Martin Luther King birthday is singling out a man who was not the greatest of human beings. They stated that he was a womanizer, divided the masses, and did many other things that were questionable. I thought to myself there is a President’s Day right? I believe that George Washington owned the most slaves of any president.
So let’s take a look at America if there were no African Americans. First off I would not be able to upload this blog to the Chicago Tribune Chicago Now offices without the microcomputer system with bus control means for peripheral processing devices. The microcomputer processing system was created by Mark Dean and his co-inventor Dennis Moeller.
As a matter of fact let me think about my day up to this point and see what type of inventions I used that were created by African Americans.
When I woke up this morning it was dark in the room and I had to turn on the lamp. The latern/lamp was created by Michael C Harnye.
After I send this blog I will take a shower and put on my shoes. Couldn’t put on a shoe if it wasn’t invented by William A. Deitz, or the shoe sole which was invented by Ronald S. Demon.
As I get out of the shower I see my wife is still on the bed curling her hair. That would not be possible without the curling iron created by Solomon Harper.
After drying off I am going to brush my teeth. Imagine that the toothbrush and paste holder was created by Jesse Harrison.
Then I am going to walk downstairs and go in the kitchen and cook some breakfast. I forgot, couldn’t cook anything without a stove, which was created by Lewis B. Dorcas. While eating breakfast I am going to listen to one of my favorite singers and guitar players, Prince. You guessed it, couldn’t listen to Prince play the guitar if it wasn’t created by Robert F. Flemmings Jr.
After breakfast I am going to catch up on my sports by watching ESPN. Couldn’t do that without the mass release mechanism for satellites created by Wilson E. Hull. I love ESPN they are showing golf highlights right now. Tiger Woods won again. He hits that golf ball farther and better than anyone I have ever seen. He couldn’t hit the ball that far without the tapered golf tee that was created by George F Grant.
Ok before I go I must get on this stupid scale to check how my diet is going. This is an invention I am not too happy with. The scale was invented by John W. Hunter to terrorize DJ FINK.
That is not the only reason I hate the scale. It is also used to weigh baggage at the airport. Remember when you could stuff everything in one bag and check it in. Now if your bag weighs over 50 pounds it is an extra $75 dollars to check it. Question? How are they going to charge me the extra $75 for the bags and I already have my ticket? You guessed it again. They can charge my credit card with the remote control device with credit card reading and transmission that was created by Andre Henderson.
Anyway it is time to catch a flight. I couldn’t get on an airplane if it wasn’t invented by Hermon L. Grimes and William Hale.
And that’s just one day without African American inventions. Imagine all of the other things that African Americans invented that I didn’t tie into the story.
Remember that as you celebrate Black History Month. And keep this in mind. The N-Word you are using could also stand for N-Ventors.
Just my thoughts man…