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You’d Be Amazed At How Ignorant People Are About Black History

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By Andrew Scot Bolsinger

February’s focus on Black History may not be reaching the average person on the street, at least not those interviewed by MTV2 television host Charlamagne.

Charlamagne took to the streets to interview blacks about basic black history. He held up photos of Michelle Obama, Malcolm X and Rosa Park among others and asked people to identify them. Many in the clip couldn’t identify the person in the photo.

One man was stumped at pictures of Rosa Parks, calling her a “Spanish lady,” and Malcolm X, whom he said was “the original Tookie Williams.”

“Have you ever met black people,” Charlamagne asked him.

It seemed more people successfully identified movie producer and actor, Tyler Perry.

“Why everybody know Tyler Perry but you don’t know Rosa Parks?” Charlamagne asked.

The results were less funny to Madam Noire writer Wrote Victoria Uvamarogie.

“I’m always disappointed when I see videos like this that show how little people know in general about black history and how little it also seems they care about it. It’s especially disappointing when these people just so happen to be black. What’s funny about confusing Condoleezza Rice with Michelle Obama?” Uvamarogie wrote.

Black History Month first started being recognized in 1926 under the name “Negro History Week.” Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard graduate grew disconcerted about how distorted and absent from American history books were at the time. He established the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915. A year later, he founded the Journal of Negro History. In 1926, he launched Negro History Week to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history.

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Source: madamenoire

Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com

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  1. marcus davis

    February 20, 2014 at 10:18 am

    No excuse not to know anything about black history especially with black people.

  2. ormash

    February 20, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    How can you know your story if you don’t love yourself. The problem is internal and deep and has a lot to do with the wounds of slavery. We have never been deprogrammed and our minds have not been returned once they were removed. However, it is an individual responsibility at the present time. Religion hasn’t help because most are waiting on a savior to come and take us to heaven while we waste a possible productive life. Remember the prodigal son?

  3. cheche

    February 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Why is anyone surprise? If he had shown pictures of rappers or video dancers they would have been Identify! And when did Charlamagne start promoting black history on his radio show since he only is interested in rap???

  4. Ruby

    February 20, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Is Black History a part of public schools’ curriculum? It wasn’t when I was in school. I’m self taught our history, and I’m still learning at age 70!

  5. DoverDavisJr

    February 20, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Why does Charlamagne care about Black History? He uses the N-Word. He just wanted to discredit Black people.

    He is now a Black History buff, please. Just because people don’t know faces doesn’t mean that they don’t know Black History.

    What do Crisps Attucks, Ida B. Wells and Paul Robeson look like?
    I will bet Charlamage doesnt know.

  6. Shirl

    February 20, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Just read what Ruby said and You will get the right answer !!!

  7. Rev. George Brooks

    February 21, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Why would anyone be surprised that blacks don’t know much about black history, when black the majority of black folks don’t read books, magazines, newspapers, or ANYTHING. And don’t just blame blacks on the streets for not knowing black history, because many of our educated “NEGROES,” including college professors, doctors, lawyers, bankers, etc., don’t know a heck of a lot about it either. They all focus more on “de Bible,” which contains far too many fairy tales and lies, than the great history of our black race. I write black history, and just put out a newsletter that included a piece about the black aborigines of Australia having been there in that land for over 50,000 years, which is far longer than Adam & Eve of the Bible. Which I’m told has left many scratching the tops of their empty heads. Especially because of their full focus on “de Bible,” and no other books, including the history of themselves. — Rev. George Brooks.

  8. RAY

    February 23, 2014 at 8:33 am

    WHY IS IT THAT YOU WANT TO SADDLE SOME ONE ELSE WITH OU SHORT COMINGS . YOU CAN GO TO ANY LIBRARAND GET BOOKS ON BLACK HISTORY. AND WHAT YOU READ YOU CAN CROSS REFERENCE . THAT`S THE ROBLEM WITH SO-MANY OF OUR PEOPLE WE DEPEND O OTHERS TO DO FOR US WHAT WE SHOULD DO FOR OURSELVES. A LOT OF WHITES ARE THE SAME WAY ABOUT THEIR HISTORY. YOUNG PEOPLE DON`T KNOW THE CAPITOL OF THER OWN STATES. AMERICAN YOUTHARE FAR BEHIND THE REST OF THE WORLD ON A LOT OF STUDIES. MY OPINION ON THAT IS THEY ARE TO BUSY BEING AMERICAN. THEY FEEL THAT THEY ARE ENTITLED TO EVERYTHING. KEY WORD ENTITLED.

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