Political and cultural website the Root has released a list that lumps Clarence Thomas, Alan Keyes, and Michael Steele along with world dictators and other mass murders as “Black Folks We’d Like To Remove From Black History.”
The online magazine explains that, “As happy as we are for the nation to get its yearly reminder that black people do exist in the context of American history, there’s a growing list of characters that has us harking back to Zora Neale Hurston’s famous words: ‘All my skinfolk ain’t kinfolk.’ Indeed, while we love our own, we sure do dream of erasing a few of them from the history books. Some are politicos, others are pop culture figures, but they all share one common attribute: They’re embarrassing.”
The list of “embarrassing” blacks includes O.J. Simpson, Beltway sniper John Allen Muhammad, Idi Amin, François “Papa Doc” Duvalier, Robert Mugabe and Rafael Trujillo. But it lumps them together with Thomas (the second black Supreme Court justice), Steele (the first black chairman of the RNC), and Keyes (nutty, yes, but really?).
The Root, which lists Henry Louis Gates as its editor in chief, describes itself as providing “thought-provoking commentary on today’s news from a variety of black perspectives.”
Perhaps its time to add, “unless your perspective is politically conservative, in which case you’re on par with serial killers and mass murdering dictators.”
UPDATE: Michael Moynihan has more.