So, it’s Black History Month again, which means that it’s time for whiny racists to renew their annual cry of, “Why isn’t there a White History Month? Isn’t that reverse racism, which is really just racism? You know, whites are actually this country’s second class citizens.” And so on.
There are two responses that you normally hear, both of which I am sympathetic to. The snarky one is that every other month is basically white history month. The earnest one is that we need a black history month because the history and contributions of African Americans are still underrepresented in the public consciousness when compared with the canonical history of the Washingtons and Roosevelts.
But there is another, less snarky version of the first answer, which is that there are, in fact, numerous recognized history and heritage months celebrating the history and contributions of people who are by and large subsets of “white.”
So, here, for future reference, are your White History Months, (as per this Awareness Month Calendar from Nellis Air Force Base):
- March: Irish-American Heritage Month
- March: Greek-American Heritage Month
- April: Arab-American Heritage Month
- April: Tartan (Scottish-American) Heritage Month
- May: Jewish-American Heritage Month
- July: French-American Heritage Month
- September 15 – October 15: German-American Heritage Month
- October: Italian American Heritage Month
- May: Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
- June: Caribbean-American Heritage Month
- November: Native-American Heritage Month