Now, put away your pitchforks and torches and listen to this amazing video by Aya Korem (it’s in Hebrew with English subtitles, but you’ll have to read fast because she does the equality run in less than 12 parsecs¹:
I asked this question over on Facebook:
Answer me this: why should more than 50% of the earth’s population be given a single day of celebration? Just sayin’.
Listening to Ms. Korem, I was reminded of the following exchange Morgan Freeman had with Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes:
WALLACE: Black History Month, you find …
FREEMAN: You’re going to relegate my history to a month?
WALLACE: Come on.
FREEMAN: What do you do with yours? Which month is White History Month? Come on, tell me.
WALLACE: I’m Jewish.
FREEMAN: OK. Which month is Jewish History Month?
WALLACE: There isn’t one.
FREEMAN: Why not? Do you want one?
WALLACE: No, no.
FREEMAN: I don’t either. I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.
WALLACE: How are we going to get rid of racism until …?
FREEMAN: Stop talking about it. I’m going to stop calling you a white man. And I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You’re not going to say, “I know this white guy named Mike Wallace.” Hear what I’m saying?
So yes, I get it. Happy International Women’s Day. It’s never inappropriate to celebrate the accomplishments of anyone. But in today’s world of #MeToo and #TimesUp, it seems jejune to celebrate half (more than half, statistically) of humanity by giving them a single day.
When we achieve the kind of gender equality that people of humanity strive for, the kind of equality that Morgan Freeman was alluding to, then we can truly celebrate.
¹ Any respectable Star Wars fan knows that a parsec is a measure of distance, not speed. It’s a joke.
My grandson *just* asked me when International Men’s Day is. I said there isn’t one. He asked why. I said because men hold most of the power in the world. It makes sense to me to celebrate a day or week or whatever for those who don’t have as much power. But Morgan Freeman is right; why relegate black history to one month? I hate to see people like Charles Drew, Mary McLeod Bethune, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Langston Hughes, etc. all thrown into February and then forgotten.
Also — LOVE the video!