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On a recent episode of T.V.’s Jeopardy, three non African-American students strategically and obviously avoided the category regarding African-American History without as much as a second look from Jeopardy’s long-time host Alex Trebek…or the studio audience for that matter.  At first glance, this may seem outrageous.  However, when you consider that there even remains a need for an African-American History Month as well as a separate category for African-American History (as opposed to an American History that is inclusive of all Americans), some of the outrage subsides.

After all, why should students, college or otherwise, black, white or other, waste time learning about a category that has not yet made it into the history books?  Is not used in mainstream education as an actual part of history?  And, continues to be treated as a special section of history that doesn’t warrant a position in everyday history lessons?

Why study and memorize this particular aspect of history as long as there is no real reason to do so?  Unless you are majoring in African-American Studies and plan to teach it, what might this particular knowledge do for you in terms of your career?  Overall knowledge of this category will certainly not determine your ability to win at Jeopardy or any other game show where the answers to 90% of the questions relate to white-American history (better known as American History or simply History).

Nevertheless, the question must be asked:  Doesn’t history occur as it unfolds?  After all, isn’t history, history?  So how can patches of it be edited out, shuffled off to the side and ignored and history still be considered accurate?

The knowledge of African-American History will certainly not assist you in completing necessary SAT exams to gain college entry.  This particular knowledge will not prepare you for any job other than specified above.  So, even in 2014 with an African-American president in the White House, African-American History continues to remain in the background, taking a backseat to other areas and times in history that are required for all to know in order to even remotely be considered “smart” and knowledgeable enough to be successful in America.

Suffice it to say that, most often, on Jeopardy or anywhere else in America, the question to the answer is more likely to be:  Who is George Washington than who is George Washington Carver.  Can anybody hear me?