'Overrated White People'Columbia professor makes outrageous list

Oct 9, 2012 Read more: WDOV-AM Dover 14

In honor of Columbus Day, Marc Lamont Hill, associate professor of English education at Columbia University, HuffPost Live host and political commentator, penned an op-ed on Monday in which he lists the "15 most overrated white people" - a very interesting way to observe the national holiday.

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Since: Oct 09

Paris France

#1 Oct 9, 2012
Shakespeare apart, he is quite right with his funny list.

a whiteboi
Barros Serrano

Reserve, NM

#2 Oct 9, 2012
Hill's piece had it humorous bits, however, the premise puzzles me. Is the point to be made about columbus that he was white?

This $hit was funny in Civil Rights days, but now it's just tired. Why do whites need to be lambasted? I mean... so-and-so is talented but I can think of black artists who are better? That's not very deep...

And it ends up just smacking of the allowable racism against whites which is popular and oh so funny on the comedy stand-up circuit.

But what purpose is served by this rhetoric?

A much better article would have listed historical figures about whom the TRUTH has been obscured, starting with Columbus, of course.

The point about Columbus is that he was a serious criminal against humanity. Whether someone was already here when he “discovered” it doesn't diminish the significant accomplishment of crossing the Atlantic as he did. The problem is, within 5 minutes of landing he was thinking up schemes to abuse the Natives, bring Africans over as slaves, etc.

I could make a list of over-rated black people: Condy Rice, Clarence Thomas, Cat Williams... but what's the point?

Yet again, as Columbus Day approaches, I think there should be more concentration on the very serious crimes he committed. It is not about getting credit for “discovering” an inhabited place, it is about what he did to the inhabitants once he arrived.

“Obsidian Princess”

Since: Sep 09

louisiana

#3 Oct 10, 2012
kind of funny. made me think though.
Low Rider

Atlanta, GA

#4 Oct 10, 2012
Typical rhetoric from a typical black hater.
This schick is getting old and tired.
Time to man up, grow up and quit making excuses for failure.
TravelExplosion- Dot-Com

Bronx, NY

#5 Oct 10, 2012
I think you'd be best suited traveling. If you can 't visit the Travel Explosion and travel the world in minutes!

Since: Apr 12

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#6 Oct 10, 2012
Barros Serrano wrote:
Hill's piece had it humorous bits, however, the premise puzzles me.
And it ends up just smacking of the allowable racism against whites which is popular and oh so funny on the comedy stand-up circuit.
But what purpose is served by this rhetoric?
What bothers me is that people like this are in academia, our universities, and are invited to give commencement speeches at university graduation ceremonies.
fo shizzle mo nizzle

Denver, CO

#7 Oct 10, 2012
The most over-rated White person is still worth more than a 1,000 negroes....lol
Obizzle

Denver, NC

#8 Oct 10, 2012
Now why is it that a Columbia University professor can express his racism, but if a white professor of even a community college does it, he will be lynched by the media and lose his job?

This whole nation is a double standard, lol.

I'm glad that white America is starting to wake up.
Gary

Columbus, GA

#9 Oct 10, 2012
The most over rated black person is Barack Obama.

“I'm a proud grandma”

Since: Feb 12

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#10 Oct 11, 2012
It is not appropriate for a professor to be making these types of statements publicly. I think that anyone that has a job dealing with the public in this way, should not be making these types of politically incorrect statements.

“I'm a proud grandma”

Since: Feb 12

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#11 Oct 11, 2012
Barros Serrano wrote:
Hill's piece had it humorous bits, however, the premise puzzles me. Is the point to be made about columbus that he was white?
This $hit was funny in Civil Rights days, but now it's just tired. Why do whites need to be lambasted? I mean... so-and-so is talented but I can think of black artists who are better? That's not very deep...
And it ends up just smacking of the allowable racism against whites which is popular and oh so funny on the comedy stand-up circuit.
But what purpose is served by this rhetoric?
A much better article would have listed historical figures about whom the TRUTH has been obscured, starting with Columbus, of course.
The point about Columbus is that he was a serious criminal against humanity. Whether someone was already here when he “discovered” it doesn't diminish the significant accomplishment of crossing the Atlantic as he did. The problem is, within 5 minutes of landing he was thinking up schemes to abuse the Natives, bring Africans over as slaves, etc.
I could make a list of over-rated black people: Condy Rice, Clarence Thomas, Cat Williams... but what's the point?
Yet again, as Columbus Day approaches, I think there should be more concentration on the very serious crimes he committed. It is not about getting credit for “discovering” an inhabited place, it is about what he did to the inhabitants once he arrived.
During the last 600 years, most of the wide scale genocide has been done by whites. When you look at going to another continent and attacking the natives or purposely killing people with diseases and advanced weaponry.

You think we should admire Columbus and also be reviled by the barbarism of the Europeans?

“I'm a proud grandma”

Since: Feb 12

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#12 Oct 11, 2012
Gary wrote:
The most over rated black person is Barack Obama.
I thought whites were saying Obama isn't Black, at least some of the bigoted ones around Topix do. Would he be an overrated mulatto?
Barros Serrano

Reserve, NM

#13 Oct 11, 2012
Ms Mack wrote:
<quoted text>
During the last 600 years, most of the wide scale genocide has been done by whites. When you look at going to another continent and attacking the natives or purposely killing people with diseases and advanced weaponry.
You think we should admire Columbus and also be reviled by the barbarism of the Europeans?
Did you not see that I said Columbus was guilty of grave crimes against humanity? Hardly someone to be admired. I would give him credit for the voyage, that's it.

There has been extensive atrocity and genocide committed by all kinds of people, including black Africans. History's greatest genocide ever was committed by Muslims (mostly turko-mongols) in India.

The Europeans have not behaved any worse than a lot of others I could name. But Euroimperialism occurred when navigation technology existed to conquer most of the world, so that's what they did.

Were the Arabs any nicer in their conquests, slavery, and rule over oppressed peoples? Hardly...

But Columbus... in Latin America they do not celebrate HIM, they celebrate a "Diá de la Raza", to acknowledge the meeting of 2 continents and subsequent biological and cultural mixing.
Masud_S_Hoghughi __

Netherlands

#14 Oct 11, 2012
....wot about overrated niccuz like MLK?........

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