The tweet claimed that Black History Month had been "expanded" to include Asians.
The tweet has since been deleted, but this is the internet. Nothing here is ever truly gone.
The account initially tweeted about #BlackHistoryMonth before asking another account to discuss "inspirational figures."
The Tweet says:
"Welcome to our #BlackHistoryMonth Relay. We will be asking for inspirational figures from nominated participants. Watch this space for updates. As the Army's #BAME Champion, we will pass the baton first to @UrchTyrone #forceforinclusion @ArmyBAME #BHM"
The tweet mentions #BAME.
In the UK, BAME refers to "Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic" people.
People asked about why the included image didn't include any Black people and why the tweet mentioned BAME for Black History Month.
The British Army gave their now infamous response.
"We missed a trick here, we didn't explain that #BlackHistoryMonth has been expanded to include the history of Asian people and their contributions too. Hence our recognition of our historic partnership with the Indian Army which also features our #BAME Champion @UrchTyrone @adgpi"
This was probably a poor choice of words.
@BritishArmy @UrchTyrone @ArmyBAME @adgpi Expanded to include??? https://t.co/X4QbpYMHle— Kalya🦋 (@Kalya🦋)1569956215.0
@BritishArmy @UrchTyrone @ArmyBAME @adgpi Come again??? Expanded ?? Its in the name....BLACK history month.— VeryBrownSukali (@VeryBrownSukali)1569958947.0
@BritishArmy @UrchTyrone @ArmyBAME @adgpi So you’re saying black history month has expanded to include people that aren’t black? Cool.— 🇸🇱 Strider (@🇸🇱 Strider)1569954860.0
@BritishArmy @UrchTyrone @ArmyBAME @adgpi Awwwn "expanded" like its some rubber .. https://t.co/ufBb1yQcPW— mr rammage (@mr rammage)1569960406.0
The blame for this doesn't rest solely on the army's shoulders. They referenced information from the BBC's Newsround website.
The site has also since been changed, but it initially said:
"This month was originally founded to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to this country over many generations."
"Now, Black History Month has expanded to include the history of Asian people and their contributions too."
The site has been updated to say:
"Now, Black History Month has expanded to include the history of not just Afro- Caribbean black people but all black people in general."
Regardless of where this started, this was a bad idea and the army shouldn't have tried this.
@BritishArmy @UrchTyrone @ArmyBAME @adgpi Its day 1 of Black history month and these colonisers have already starte… https://t.co/rWDe9j9Nky— Shutting down events is what I do best!! (@Shutting down events is what I do best!!)1569959521.0
What? No inclusion of Latin Americans or Pacific Islanders? https://t.co/JXQ4xf7Uyn— Ian Geldard (@Ian Geldard)1570044280.0
@BritishArmy @UrchTyrone @ArmyBAME @adgpi So for black history month you recognise the Indian army? Totally not a r… https://t.co/YhQ0hr2bXz— 🇸🇱 Strider (@🇸🇱 Strider)1569954962.0
@BritishArmy Don’t do this again. EVER!! Black History Month is for Black History. You have no right to “expand” it. https://t.co/mZ8khv6fso— MrHunte (@MrHunte)1569965300.0
Before you go looking, yes there were people asking why there isn't a "White history month". Which, we get why that's a ridiculous question, right?
Much of the world history that is taught and celebrated is about the White cultures that practically invaded the rest of the world, especially in the Americas, Asia, Australia and Africa.
Events such as "Black History Month" are attempts to tip the scales and make them somewhat more equitable. This is why there isn't a "White History Month" and why trying to lump together different groups under the same banner is offensive.
This tweet absolutely deserved to be called out.
@BritishArmy : “we’ve decided to include Indian representation for Black History M-“ Black Twitter: https://t.co/iQBK7BI9gJ— 🇧🇧 & 🇬🇩 (@🇧🇧 & 🇬🇩)1569964590.0
@BritishArmy @YORKS_REGT Are you going to expand it to include tea?— Kundai💋 #Aubameyang ❤ #Özil 💙#Lacazette (@Kundai💋 #Aubameyang ❤ #Özil 💙#Lacazette)1569963072.0
@julian_brazier @BritishArmy There are 11 months in a year, you can also push for Asian History month if that is important to you, sir.— Klatsaa Kwame (@Klatsaa Kwame)1570169458.0
Evidently the British think “Black” and “BAME” are the same. @BritishArmy tweeted “we’ve expanded Black History mo… https://t.co/PnM4lYnf0R— Yoru-Babe 🌸 (@Yoru-Babe 🌸)1569956096.0
There isn't an official group that organizes Black History Month, however official institutions like the BBC or the British Army pushing certain ideas will affect the opinions of the general populace.
Other ethnic minorities should absolutely have their history and contributions celebrated, but it shouldn't come at the expense of Black people.
Think before you tweet.
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