Depending on where you live or grow up, you may become accustomed to a certain type of teacher. You may also become accustomed to a certain type of doctor, or professional. All of your teachers may have been young women, who were attractive and intelligent. All of your doctors may have appeared to be professional and trustworthy. It may have gone unnoticed, but many of your stereotypical professionals may have been Caucasian.
However, these fields are becoming more and more diverse. Reports show that there has been a rise in African American teachers and doctors over the last decade. This surplus is an important one to note, especially during Black History Month. Black History month is extremely crucial, particularly in these political standings. Black History month allows us to recognize and celebrate those who have accomplished outstanding things. This month also allows us to reminisce and remember on those who have been tragically taken too soon. By remembering these people, we are remembering their journey and stance within this political world.
Throughout history, there have been many celebratory black figures that have achieved outstanding things. It is important to recognize these people and give thanks, no matter what field they belong to.
Even at Marymount Manhattan College, we are accustomed to a certain type of professional. While our professors are outstanding, it is important for us to create a variety within the teaching staff. This will help students feel more welcome, especially if they have a professor that they can relate to.
It is crucial to dispose of this stereotype that certain races belong to a certain profession. It is crucial to demonstrate to our children that in society you can be anything you want to be, regardless of your racial ethnicity.
The Washington Post reported on a black woman who was not believed to been a doctor in a time of need. A man lost consciousness on a plane, and the staff requested any medical staff onboard. When the woman, who happened to be black, stepped forward, the staff refused her assistance. While this situation is outrageous, it is not uncommon.
“I have been a teacher for the last fifteen years, and people still find the need to question my credentials. I don’t carry my diploma with me. Why do you ask me? Because I am black,” said teacher Rebecca Crabbe.
Crabbe may be in a different field, but the discrimination is present in both. It is clear that people are still stuck in the mindset of only white people being in these two distinguished fields.They are beyond wrong, and have been proven so for years. “It is really sad that people still think like that. If you are skilled and talented in your field, that should be enough,” said Marymount Manhattan junior, Stephanie Algeria.
While Alverio’s comment is powerful, it has proven to not been enough. The Washington Post reaches out to women within the medical field who have had similar situations. These situations are devastating and often a huge loss of confidence.
It is important for our generation, and future generations, to be exposed to the variety of talent we have in this world. It should not be the case where whites are only perceived to be worthy of a position in these fields.
I hope it is clear that Black History Month is not the only time to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans. People should be aware and give less attention to the color of someone’s skin. The attention should be on how a person treats their coworkers and the people they interact with. The attention should be placed on their level of skill and knowledge within this field.
I think if we focus less on a persons skin color, and more on their abilities as a professional, the world will be filled with less hate and discrimination.
This Black History Month should have emphasis on all of the wonderful accomplishments our African-American professionals have achieved thus far. I am more than confident that we will be expecting many more outstanding achievements from their community.