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Celebrate Black History Month at Cornell with Your Favorite Black Friends

It’s February, so that means it’s time to celebrate Black History Month! We all know about Martin Luther King Jr. and Harriet Tubman, so let’s take this opportunity to reflect on all of the meaningful connections you have made with your black friends, emphasis on the “s!”  What a good person you are! Without further ado, here’s a tribute to your favorite Black People™ at Cornell:


Here’s Cynthia!  Remember her? You walked over her while she lying down in protest in Willard Straight Hall. While you’re not sure why she’s so angry all the time, she certainly has some spunk! This one’s for you, Cynthia!


Johnny sat in from of you in chemistry last year, and you liked his Facebook post about racism on campus. Good for you, bud!

That One Group of African Students

African students are an important part of the Cornell community and they deserve some recognition too! You don’t actually know any them but maybe you can ask them to give you some African lessons!


Don’t forget about Kahlil! He invited you to a Alpha Phi Alpha party and you managed to last five minutes without clutching your wallet and crying! He also taught you to dab without embarrassing yourself! Yay Kahlil!


Imani over there is the only person of color in your sorority, who thankfully fulfills your chapter’s diversity quota. One of these days you might even have a substantive conversation with her. Baby steps!


You haven’t even seen Isaiah in person, but you have a friend who’s friends with him, so that counts too, right? Score one for diversity!


While Luis is Dominican, you’re still unsure whether he’s black or not. Regardless, you don’t speak Spanish, so you’ll probably never find out anyway. Three cheers to you, Luis!

Wow! With so many African American friends, the possibilities for celebrating Black History Month at Cornell are endless!

The White Man’s Guide to Black History Month

Hey team!

I’m Daniel, and six years ago I recognized my white privilege. Phew! Thank golly. Well I’m sure all of you know that African American history month can be really awkward for us Caucasians here at Cornell. But fear not! I’ve compiled a list of the best ways to survive life on the hill from what I’ve learned over these awkward few weeks.

1.   Don’t watch Twelve Years a Slave.

The number one mistake white people make during African American history month is watching Twelve Years a Slave. It’s a classic mistake that will vividly force you to confront the fact that my great grandfather might have owned yours.  Yikes! That doesn’t sound like any fun.

2.  Post an MLK quote

Post the chillest Martin Luther King Jr. quote you can find on Facebook. Make sure it’s about peace and/or love. Not one of those weird ones where he justifies urban riots.

3. Remember Cornell is diverse

Forget that only 5.5 percent of all full-time faculty at Cornell are black. Seriously, just forget it. Right now. Have you forgotten it yet?

4. Pat a black person on the back

Walk up to a black person, give them a warm pat on the back and whisper “I’m glad you’re African American.” This is a great way to make up for centuries of racial conflict.

5. Be convinced it’s not your fault

Finally, and most important: know that you are not a part of the problem.


Good luck out there!

In solidarity,

Your white brother