Friday, March 05, 2010

Wish You Weren't Here...

The folks over at The Root posed an interesting question recently:

"Who would you erase from Black History?"

...but then they followed it up with a fairly obvious list:

Marion Barry
Michael Steele
O.J. Simpson
Sheila Dixon
Dennis Rodman
Alan Keyes
D.C. Sniper, John Muhammad
R. Kelly
Dr. Conrad Murray
Flavor Flav
Clarence Thomas
Bishop Don Magic Juan
Amarosa Manigault-Stallworth
Soulja Boy
Wesley Snipes
Karrine Stephans
Idi Amin/Papa Doc/Baby Doc/Robert Mugabe/Rafael Trujillo

Conservative commentator, John McWhorter, picked up on the lameness of The Root's list and posted his own, typically provocative, but I think ultimately much more interesting, list:

Malcolm X
Price Cobbs
Al Jolsen
Paolo Freire
William Ryan
Ron Karenga
Jonathan Kozol
O.J. Simpson
Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward

(Go to the articles to see the justifications for these choices.)

What do you think about these lists? Who would you "remove from Black History," if you had the chance?