Why A White Guy Digs Into Black History

Every month is black history month to me.  I dig into all the black history I can find.  When I tell people that I am into reading and studying black history they usually look at me with a puzzled look and ask “Why?” as if to say, “What’s a white guy doing that for?”

Here are some of my reasons:

1)  I find most of the black history makers to be amazing people who overcame almost impossible odds.  For example, men and women who were held by intimidation and violence in forced bondage, denied any education, and treated like animals, courageously found ways to survive without hatred.  Many found ways to escape and to tell (and write) their stories in some of America’s greatest literature called slave narratives.

2) Black history reveals many cruel secrets of American history, what I call hidden history.  Without black (and Native American) history, American history is whitewashed and incomplete.  I want to know the whole story of  American history, not just the parts that make America look good.

3)  As a white guy, I want to understand the full American experience, not just my own or the experience of people with a similar skin shade.  I want to, as much as I can, learn from their experiences.

4)  To ignore black history is a form of denial — a pretending that it didn’t happen or was irrelevant.

5)  I find black history both inspiring and heart-rending.  It makes me feel great pain and compassion for those who suffered unjustly on our shores and it amazes me with the human ability to overcome. “The Negro’s past, this endless struggle to achieve and reveal a human identity, human authority; yet contains for all its horror, something very beautiful.” –James Baldwin

6)  When I read black history I discover and am challenged by a passionate Christian faith and trust in God that is a rarity in our time period.

Click here for 10 blogs I’ve written about black history!

Advertisements

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
This entry was posted in history, lifestyles, religion, self-help and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

24 Responses to Why A White Guy Digs Into Black History

  1. Steve Simms says:

    “The Negro’s past, this endless struggle to achieve and reveal a human identity, human authority; yet contains for all its horror, something very beautiful.” –James Baldwin

  2. Pingback: Where Did Sojourner Truth Get Her Name? | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  3. Pingback: Frederick Douglas — Freedom Fighter | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  4. Pingback: Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  5. Pingback: When Freedom Broke Out — My 7th Greatest American | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  6. Pingback: Leader Of A World Wide Revival, William J. Seymour — My 3rd Greatest American | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  7. Pingback: Was Jesus Whipped In America? | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  8. Pingback: Top Ten Christians After The New Testament | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  9. Pingback: Tennessee’s Abolitionist’s Newspaper — The Emancipator | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  10. Pingback: America’s Big War Wasn’t “Civil” | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  11. Pingback: Some Americans Suffered An Atrosity | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  12. Pingback: Experiencing God In Strangers | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  13. Pingback: Frog Legs & Prejudice | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  14. Pingback: Istanbul (Not Constantinople) — Nicholas Cabasilas Quotes | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  15. Pingback: Negro Spirituals — A Message We Desperately Need! | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  16. Pingback: George Barna’s 9 Challenges For American Christians | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  17. Pingback: Black Is Beautiful (Just Ask Retailers About Black Friday) | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  18. Ms. A says:

    I thank you for what you are doing for we are an amazing group of GOD’S Family.

  19. Valerie says:

    I really appreciated your post Steve. 🙂

  20. Pingback: What Skin Color Is Your Church? | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  21. Pingback: I Saw Lincoln (You Should Too!) | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  22. Pingback: My Top Ten Blog Posts For Black History Month | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

  23. Pingback: A White Guy’s Thoughts After The Charleston Church Shooting | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (A blog to jog your mind and unclog your heart . . .)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s