This article originally appeared at FrontPage Magazine, on October 12, 2009.
“Am I the only one who thinks that awarding Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize is ABSURD?!?!?!”
Hill coupled that with this:
“Ok, now I HAVE to to start my ‘overrated Black people’ list. A NOBEL PRIZE? REALLY?”
We at NewsReal are going to take Hill up on this insightful suggestion (and we will also invite Mr. Hill to post his own candidates). For what Marc Lamont Hill has stumbled onto here is one of the tragedies of our time, inflicted on black people by progressives pretending to be their defenders.
Shelby Steele has written an insightful book called White Guilt which examines how whites have rewarded behaviors by individual blacks with levels of incompetence that they wouldn’t tolerate for a second in themselves. They have done it in the name of enlightenment and “social justice.” But the effect is just the opposite. It deprives blacks of the tests of self that make achievement possible. In Steele’s formulation “no one ever learned to jump higher by lowering the bar.” (There are no affirmative action athletes and consequently no black superstar’s credentials are questioned. ) Preferential treatment for blacks in intellectual fields undermines the real achievements of African Americans by casting doubt on any credential that they receive. This is an injury that cannot be repaired by more quotas, or by any quotas.
Barack Obama is a man of several obvious talents but a Nobel Prize is not one of them (and being president probably isn’t either). Of course there are plenty of over-rated whites — Al Gore, an empty-headed, truth-challenged blowhardwhose politically correct prejudices got him a Nobel, an Oscar and an opera at La Scala is obviously one. But it is blacks who have suffered the most from affirmative action prizes and unearned promotions. We are launching this list as a service both to the African American community and the country at large, since this ongoing hypocrisy and the double-standards it supports hurt us all.
I will begin the list with my favorite black phony, Michael Eric Dyson, an overpaid professor of sociology at Georgetown University (previously DePaul and UPenn) who once gave an Ivy League seminar in Great Religious Thinkers (at the time he was a professor of “religious studies”) which was solely devoted to the religious works of the rapper, gangster and convicted rapist Tupac Shakur. TheBoston Phoenix describes the perpetrator of this hoax as America’s “preminent black intellectual” thus implicating all black intellectuals in his ongoing farce.
Since the leftwing Yahoos rather than providing evidence that we have misjudged these cases will undoubtedly attack and defame the list as “racist,” I should point out that there are many obviously intelligent and worthy black intellectuals, just as intelligent and worthy — and in some cases more intelligent and worthy — than many of their white peers. These would include Thomas Sowell, Orlando Patterson, William Julius Wilson, Juan Williams, Shelby Steele, Walter Williams, and even Henry Louis Gates. Just for the record.
Our subject for today, Michael Eric Dyson, has just published a collection of his wisdom. It is titled Can You Hear Me Now? The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson. It is designed to celebrate him as a modern day prophet. It comes with a blurb from President Barack Obama, as inflated as its subject:
“Everybody who speaks after Michael Eric Dyson pales in comparison.”