In honor of Black History Month, my column this week is being written by Board member and owner of SIP Wine & Beer, Cassandra Scheag.
James Rowten (JR)
Equality, resilience, and perseverance come to mind when I reflect on Black History. Black America unwaveringly sacrificed for equality, remained resilient when faced with bouts of unjust violence, and persevere as business owners, entrepreneurs, and political figures.
Black history represents trailblazers who risked their lives for equality. Black history is the never-ending fight to be treated as human beings. Black history is acknowledging historical events many ignore.
Black history is an opportunity to learn, make amends, and change a narrative-driven by fear and hatred.
The call to action is to overcome the discomfort encountered when the topic of Black history arises. Understanding black history widens the road to equality, and understanding ourselves solidifies our path to unity.
When I opened SIP Wine & Beer in Escondido, I chose this city because of its history, multicultural roots, and charm. I enjoy connecting with the community, patronizing businesses, and hearing about the history of the "hidden city." Understanding Escondido's history gave me the worldview to appreciate the city's growth. I encourage you to research and understand Black History. I believe you will uncover the stories of equality, resilience, and perseverance. I am thankful to be a part of Escondido's history, and your unwavering support gave me the strength to endure our current environment.
I encourage you to be research and be a part of Black History and am grateful to call Escondido home.