Let’s be honest with ourselves, Black Americans have contributed far more to American culture than many care to admit or even are aware of. There are tons of inventions designed and perfected by African Americans that we use every single day. That red, yellow, and green light keeps us from plowing through each other on our way to dinner, aka the traffic light, was invented by an African American man with only a 6th grade education. Shout out to Garrett Morgan for saving so many lives we can’t even count ‘em.
A strong independent black man who don’t take no sass, actually invented the potato chip when serving a customer extra thin fries after getting a complaint for too thin fries. We basically have an entire aisle of the grocery store dedicated to George “speck” Crum and his sass now. Lesson: good things can come from being less than polite.
And the reason you can see your food while you’re shamelessly searching for a midnight snack in the fridge is because Luis Latimer perfected the light bulb for practical and regular use in homes, stores, restaurants and most importantly, the fridge.
Southern soul food is practically based on the soul they gave us! We use Alfred A. Calle’s invention every day scooping our ice cream for our fried ice cream dessert. Their fearless creativity to just mix whatever even if it might not make sense and their hope for the best, carved a path towards our famous fried chicken and waffles. The fact is, it’s black history month and we have a lot to more than a months worth to thank them for.
With the post-holiday blues just yesterday, this month is a great time to recognize the lovable things in life. Whether you’re in a romantic relationship or not, there are so many things to love! You can start by simply loving the fact that, you are able to even read this blog post. You have working eyes, english reading skills, and internet access! That’s actually really lucky.
And don’t forget to love both the good and the bad. You have love your mistakes and the mistakes of others to truly appreciate the lessons that made you better because of them. After all, how could you know life is actually all that good, if it’s never really been bad?
The love you share for your friends, family, and those who support you is a love that could never go unnoticed. They help you make cherished and sometimes crazy memories to love and remember.
The love you hold for what you have now is one of the most important feelings to keep in your heart daily. Loving where you are now, even if it is difficult, it couldn’t be worse than actually being dead. Unless you’re reading this from the undead, then I apologize, but would also like to note, you don’t pay bills anymore, soooo… Love for being present in such a crazy advanced time on Earth and in the US.
Loving the potential memories to be made. Love for the potential growth to be had, the potential jokes to be heard, potential sights to see. Love for the potential desserts to taste and foods to gush over. Love for the potential Station 22 mac & cheese and chocolate cake. For self love of course.