Pop Culture, Race & Politics

Fight Ignorance…With Ignorance?

I know this may come as a surprise to you, but ignorance is my favorite sport. I’m not sure how, when, or why it became so, but there’s a distinct possibility that this doesn’t make my mother proud. So when videos like this one from comedian Dave Ackerman entitled, “What do you know about Black History?” come across my inbox, I’m enthralled.

For those who can’t see the video, Ackerman dresses up in Blackface and dons Utah Jazz apparel and heads to Brigham Young University to ask white people what they know about Black History Month and Black people in general. Shenanigans ensue. Obviously the answer is not much. Even the Black people at BYU didn’t seem to know when Black History Month even was.

And the capper? He asked people if they know a Black person when they saw one, hoping that somebody would point out that he was indeed a white guy with makeup on. According to him, only 3 people made the revelation. Even the Black people he showed on camera didn’t notice. Or care. I can’t determine which one it is.

Obviously a perusal through the YouTube comments indicates that some people were offended all around by Ackerman’s audacity AND the fact that these white people in Utah had very little clue about Black History. The most telling part of the video to me was when he asked people to give their impressions of Black people and without fail, they all did…happily. And with reckless aplomb.

And you know what? They looked like my idea of what white people in Utah giving their impressions of Black people would look like. By the way the fact that a white chick actually said that Black History Month is the month that Black history started is beyond hilarious to me. Again, I enjoy and appreciate ignorance.

Ackerman’s point seemed to have been to expose how little white people at BYU know about Black people. Which might not be fair. I mean, its motherf*cking Utah. Except it is fair because we’re in motherf*cking America. But then again, it is entirely possible to live your entire life in places of this country without EVER coming into contact with a Black person without the Internet or television.

Now, these people are ignorant. Not ignant. And they are on a college campus, which speaks volumes, except it doesn’t because formal education has sh*t to do with social interaction education and exposure. Granted, if I was white, I probably wouldn’t spend much time thinking about race or Black people, especially if I lived in Utah. I’m sure there’s no reason to celebrate Black History Month there (I have no idea if they do or not). Everybody knows Martin Luther King, Jr because we all get a day off now.

But just when you think white people are a total disappointment in race relations, they do surprise you by getting some things. When the girls were asked if they’d rather date a Black guy who acted white or a white guy who acted Black, they all unanimously thought a white guy acting Black was ridiculous and stupid.

Yet, because white people do like to make sure our fistpump moments dont last too long, one of the girls stated that a Black guy acting white is classy. Wompington Whathafuckness, III. Oh, well.

The thing I took from the video, aside from the laughs I got, was the amazement at just HOW little white people know about Black people. I mean, not knowing when Black History Month is? That sh*t cray. I suppose its good that they all got in the right half of the year but still, that’s befuddling.

By the way, the fact that this comedian was in Black face doesn’t bother me in the slightest. I get it. If the ultimate goal is to truly test how ignorant some white people are, being a white guy made up as a white guy and going completely unnoticed despite the fact that he looks like a white guy made up as a Black guy, is the best way to prove that point.

So here’s my question: are videos like this necessary? Do they achieve any goal? Is there any greater good derived from something like this? If we all assume that most white people couldn’t give a flying f*ck about Blackness, and all this does is verify that, then was any progress made?

Further, was anybody surprised by how little these white (and few Black people) were unaware about anything pertaining to Blackness? What say you?

Because while I was amused, I wasn’t surprised. Nor did I care that much. La di da.

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  • http://iamyourpeople.com/ I Am Your People

    I heard about this video on twitter a couple days ago, with big caps lock ‘don’t watch it, he’ll just get more hits and get paid from YouTube.’

    But honestly, a white guy in Utah doing blackface in 2012? I just can’t…

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      of course you cant. you’re not a white guy in Utah.

      he is though. and he totally did.

      • #1snowflake

        Were you going to give me any credit for your post? Since you saw the video from my Facebook feed? Have you been to Utah? Good thing I am from there and can speak to my home state, compare, contrast etc. The video is by far the most ignorant thing I have almost ever seen. However, this does not reflect Utah- this reflects the campus of BYU and the people in the video at BYU. I too enjoy more than anyone being ignorant especially in DC where ignorance is a must have quality. “Hey hey Becky, have you ever been with a black man?” “ummm, No- you are my first” “Don’t you wash your hair everyday” “Go back to Virginia” “Get off of my bus” “We invited you into the neighborhood” But, I think what is the most hurtful about the video is the fact that he wore a Utah Jazz jersey. Shameful. It doesn’t matter where you live you can chose to be ignorant and not aware of anyone or anything. DC is great example of that with all the “Spanish” people taking “black jobs” and all the uppity Africans who are harder working than anyone, the Ethiopians half clueless, and most white people either totally unconcerned or trying to save everyone- at least these are the things I hear and see on a daily basis.

        • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

          You need credit because he saw the video on your facebook? That video is on youtube for the public to view. Ok let me butt out. :)

          Oh wait and Black people are ignorant too especially DC folk. They’re just terrible. Especially those Africans with their bell pepper noses breathing up all of the White man’s good clean air. Jamaicans are a much better breed of Black with our coconut oil infused skin. Let’s all be ignorant today. Might as well.

          I empathize with what you’re saying but please try to understand Black people who say ignorant things to you, they’re projecting. It’s an unfortunate side affect of being on the receiving end of slavery and racism. Maybe stop and talk about. Each one teach one and sh*t.

          • http://www.NWtoSE.com #1snowflake

            Wa ha ha ha ha! I always loved you– and will always love you (RIP Whitney :( but I totally agree with you — I always stop and talk about everything. I mean really you should see me at times it is hilarious! I have to laugh and smile and talk through things because some folk in DC are so hateful. I wasn’t raised to hate-period. I ask a lot of questions (that’s why people think I am cop). If you don’t know you don’t know. So, ya— I wanted credit for the video-ok. Panama doesn’t know anything about BYU, Utah, Mormons, or The Jazz — . That’s all I am saying LOL. I agree on the Jamaican comment– West Africans— yeesh. That could be a separate blog post/comment. Sorry about this disjointed response lol.

  • http://www.shardesaidwhat.blogspot.com ShardeMarie

    The vido was like “whatever” to me. I watched it but I wasn’t surprised at anything said or done. I did reply to a comment on youtube claiming nothing about it was racist in the slightest and Black people need to chill out. But overall, I don’t think it served any purpose. *shrug*

  • Royale W. Cheese

    He doesn’t really look like he’s in blackface. He just looks like an extra from Jersey Shore. And what are the two quarters there for…50 cent?

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      yeah thats the part that blew me. like…he looked like a white guy. thru and thru.

  • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/voodoochile88 Craig and Dem

    Dead serious I could hang myself right now for all those white people but even worse all those blacks that don’t even know when the jail Black History Month is! Like kinfolk #deadserious YOU NEED MORE PEOPLE

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      i did find that particularly disturbing. how you gon’ be black and not know when Black History month is. that’s a parenting fail.

      and #lifefail

  • Iceprincess

    If the white ppl in utah didnt really know about black history, thats on them. I get it. But 4 the black students 2 be just as ignorant, now thats not cool at all. Young black people 2day have it so good, they dont even realize it. They are too far removed from the struggle, its easy for them to be nonchalant. MLK & the like are rolling over in their graves @ this bullsh*t. But u know the old saying, unless we know our history, its bound to repeat itself…

    • griffdamagician

      There is an old saying that eloquence belongs to those who conquer and history is the voice of the victorius echoing through time. What we are seeing in this is the product of this country’s treatment of US. The sad thing about it was that black students had no idea as to any connection to the history of our people, it not about being black it’s about knowing who you are and a sense of identity. It sux that white and black people limit “blackness” to rap music, buffoonery, poor English, and the opposite of which, “a black acting white,” is classy.

      That what sux to me. is that those people really define me and my people off of lies and then got some of us to believe the ish and follow along. It’s like Malcom X said we have to have a sense of nationalism amongst ourselves first before we can make the white man respect us. You don’t see this crap about Asian, Indian, or Latinos, because they know who they are and that foundation keeps them solid thru all the similar attempts at conquest they have had with white people.

      • Onxy Lady

        I agree with you…except your inclusion of Latinos as a people who know their history. They know some of their history…but ask the average person when slavery ended in their country and a lot don’t even know it happened.

        • Asiyah

          Onxy Lady is correct. I’m Latina and I can tell you that a lot of us don’t know our history. We know some but not all. We do have a sense of identity, no doubt, though some more than others.

    • DG

      I agree wholeheartedly with you re: the black students, but while I think it is imperative for us to know our own history, I would venture that most students today (be they black or otherwise) are neither taught significant aspects of Black History nor encouraged to learn about it in the first place. Beyond the mention of MLK Jr., Rosa Parks, and (maybe) a brief discussion of the Civil Rights movement, I doubt that our public education system is focusing any meaningful time to the contributions of Blacks in this country (which is rather sad, because Black History really is American History…for it NOT to be taught in modern curriculums is truly a disservice to American students everywhere). So, where is the onus to learn about Black History? Is it being taught at home? At church? In private schools?

      Every true experiment needs a control, so I think it would be interesting to see if college students were more knowledgeable of Black History at 1) schools within states with a significant black population (i.e., 20% or greater…states like GA, AL, MD, etc.), and, perhaps more importantly, 2) at HBCUs. I’m inclined to believe that these students are more knowledgeable, but I do worry about these youngins nowadays.

      • http://vanityinperil.com Vanity in Peril

        That’s an interesting point. I find it disheartening that with the last of the civil rights protesters, freedom riders, etc dying out and with our stories of struggle and triumph over it being white-washed and completely eliminated from some text books, that it will leave this generation and the one after it completely on their own. People already have bought into the lie that racism is dead and we live on a level playing field. People have stopped fighting, incorrectly accessing the situation based upon rap music and a biracial president, and think we are almost there. People incorrectly assume because everybody is hush hush about race that racism is over. Just look at how those that even attempt to broach the discussion of institutionalized racism, the myth of prevalent reverse racism and the like are vilified. It makes me sick with dread inside. To roughly quote the movie The Road: Who the eff is gonna continue to carry the fire long after those who know better are gone?

        :( *very intentional sad trombone

        • DG

          Very good points (love the points you made downthread)…

          I think another interesting thing is this: the informal transfer of knowledge and history from generation to generation may be weakening. If you think about it, much of the more ethnocentric (i.e., black) knowledge one learns is learned not in the classroom, but at home, through family, friends, etc. True enough, I did learn about Nat Turner’s revolt, Toussaint L’Overture/Haiti, and other historical moments at school (went to a really good magnet school), so I did get some formal education about black history. But much of what I know came informally. My parents, aunts & uncles are all baby-boomers…went to segregated schools, worked in tobacco/cotton fields, all that…so you know they had stories to tell. Growing up, I was able to absorb that, and it fostered an interest in me to learn more about my history. With each passing generation, however, the impetus to learn these things lessens…particularly if parents aren’t encouraging/teaching kids to learn. As Iceprincess stated above, kids nowadays are too removed from the struggle…they probably can’t fathom what the Little Rock Nine went thru just to attend school…they can’t imagine why a lunch counter sit-in would be necessary…they can’t fathom being sprayed w/ fire hoses or attacked by dogs just to be granted basic human rights. They never had to, because prior generations paid that price. That’s why I think it falls on parents/families (i.e., prior generation) to ensure that informal transfer of knowledge remains intact….that their kids know not only the ‘what/who/when’ of our history, but the ‘why’ as well…

          Just my two cents, tho.

          • Justemetheguy

            Co-sign all of what DG said. I think that’s why I learned as much as I did. My parents came up in that time period and wanted to make sure i understood. After that it became interesting to me so I learned more on my own. That intergenerational transfer of knowledge and culture is vital beyond words!

          • http://vanityinperil.com Vanity in Peril

            True words DG… true words.

        • http://www.styleillusions.com WIP

          “People already have bought into the lie that racism is dead and we live on a level playing field.”

          I tend to be one of those people. I don’t feel racism affect my life on a regular basis. But every now and then I get put in check. I caught a documentary about the Freedom Riders on PBS; it was too much for me to even watch. The violence was pure evil (as far as I’m concerned). One has to wonder if that evil dissipated or has simply festered over time.

      • Jess7

        I think it depends on the public school system. I went to a predominantly white high school and we read the Souls of Black Folk and lots of other African-American literature. It wasn’t for Black History month either it was a part of the curriculum. Our history books focused on all aspects of American history…it definitely depends on the school system and how well rounded and cultured the school is aiming for students to be.

    • Kidsister04

      “They are too far removed from the struggle”

      Therein lies the irony. We’re really not that far removed from it.

  • Nola A.

    Fried chicken and grape juice?! for real! *dead*

  • sarah

    I wasn’t offended by the blackface. But, to the point where black folks are shouting from the social network rooftops that Black History is American History, but then “aren’t surprised” when whites don’t know our history is just…

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    I don’t spend much time worrying what White people think of Black people in general. I do think what my White supervisor at work thinks of Black people in regards to me and how it might affect my ability to move up at work.

    So I guess that’s what may be disturbing about the video. When a Black person comes into some sort of meaningful contact with these ignorant White students in a few years in the workplace, etc. how will their ignorance possibly harm/ adversely affect those Black people.

  • http://www.twitter.com/kali_ente_ kali

    No, most white people aren’t like that & the video doesn’t prove that. I don’t know, maybe most don’t care. I certainly hope that’s not the case. The bottom of the barrel of any group simply makes the most noise because ignorance always does.

    I’m SURE anyone who reads this as seen someone that has one or more identifing factors in common with themselves, do something that just made them *facepalm* or cringe.

    Sadly, every time I turn around I’m seeing something that makes me want to apologize on behalf of all white people. Obviously that’s not my place. On top of that I’m a TEXAN, so yea….

    Please don’t say most of us don’t care. I think most of us do, even if many don’t know how to. I assure you plenty of white folks cringed at this. Though I concede not enough cringed, and certainly not enough expressed their abhorrence loudly enough.

    • Ms.LegalAide

      “I’m a TEXAN, so yea….”

      I don’t think enough people get the significance of this comment lol! but well said, overall.

      There are so many things that I agree with about this comment but suffices to say I don’t think its just an issue of whether people care or don’t care. I believe it is an issue of social consciousness just like experiment serves to prove. There are certain “black” things I don’t know and have never truly been exposed to, possibly because of my “bougie” upbringing. This happens to white people all the time. (not the bougie upbringing) They just don’t become aware socially or culturally of black people or things dealing with them. And black people are acting like we’re asking them to do research projects on what makes us tick. Are we doing that for Asians, Muslims, or French people lol? Or do we go off what the collective consciousness stereotypes these people as and then evaluate on a case by case basis? I don’t think black people are more tolerant or educated about black people b/c I guarantee if you went around asking how Malcolm X contributed to the Civil Rights Movement to a good number of college age black youth today they might come up with some foolishness like “he was bad…”

      • Kali

        “I believe it is an issue of social consciousness just like experiment serves to prove. ”

        I very much agree.

        & yea .. texas.. I swear ive voted against rick perry in every election that I was able to..

    • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

      I’m sorry Kali but I’ve experienced completely different. I know there are many White people who aren’t ignorant to Black affairs however majority? I can’t agree. I grew up in a White neighborhood, in the south, and these people were far from poor. I can’t even share the amounts of ignorance and lack of caring from them on this blog. Majority whites I see have developed a tolerance for Blacks but nothing more. I can’t say majority care and are not ignorant. I wish but that is sadly not the case. As a woman from Texas, one of the most racist states I’ve ever been too (sorry), I am surprised. Most White Americans have these ideas and beliefs of Blacks as characters. They know not ALL Black people are this way but they still believe in the stereotypes and overall are not concerned with the state of Blacks in this country. I’m sorry but I get a tad bit annoyed when my white friends try to downplay the amount of ignorance that exists out of guilt for their white peers. It’s not you in that video, I know so you don’t have to apologize but please don’t down play it. To me, every time the topic of racism or stereotypes comes up, there’s some White person coming in to say it’s not that bad, etc. I can’t down play because it is what it is. We need to bring light to it. It’s a problem and the more we talk about it, the better. With the BYU students, majority of us aren’t even mad. We expect it due to lack of association w/ Black people.

      • jazzylia

        +1 on all of this

      • A Woman’s Eyes

        + 1

      • Mena

        “They know not ALL Black people are this way but they still believe in the stereotypes and overall are not concerned with the state of Blacks in this country. I’m sorry but I get a tad bit annoyed when my white friends try to downplay the amount of ignorance that exists out of guilt for their white peers. It’s not you in that video, I know so you don’t have to apologize but please don’t down play it. To me, every time the topic of racism or stereotypes comes up, there’s some White person coming in to say it’s not that bad, etc.”

        I have never had this experience with my white friends and I am from the south. If anything, it is always the exact opposite. I have seen white people that have sincere questions asked and then get completely demolished for asking. It gets to the point where the topic of conversation becomes so uncomfortable b/c the black person is getting upset. I have had to step in before out of fear that my white friend was about to get her behind whooped for just asking. So maybe whites downplay it b/c they are afraid to ask.

        Also, if i am white, and my only interaction with blacks is through tv and the media, trust and believe that i am going to think that the majority of black people are a loud mess. Just like I think that all Asians are smart doctors. My interaction with them are low but what i see from the news and tv states they are all geniuses so when i see an Asian person, i assume that they are smart.

        • CNotes

          What part of the south are you from? Are you African-American? This may have something to do with why you have never experienced what SFG is talking about.

          • Mena

            I am black and from SC. You cant get any more southern and conservative unless you are speaking of Mississippi. Our state motto is thank God for Mississippi.

            • CNotes

              “Our state motto is thank God for Mississippi”

              Yikes! : ) Point taken.

              However, you saying that you are black (I asked if you were African-American) could mean that you are Ethiopian, Brazilian, Mulatto, etc. With that said, the way you look and/or your ethnicity could possibly be the reason why you haven’t experienced the amount of ignorance that was being discussed. I’ve been a part of many conversations with white people who don’t view African-Americans and Black people the same.

              • Mena

                Gotcha. I am black American–my family is from here and i can trace my roots all the way back to my great great grandparents who were from the south as well. I don’t like the term African American. Way too politically correct.

                “the way you look and/or your ethnicity could possibly be the reason why you haven’t experienced the amount of ignorance that was being discussed. I’ve been a part of many conversations with white people who don’t view African-Americans and Black people the same.” I am dark skin–like there is no mistaking my complexion. :-) It is unfortunate that you have had these experiences around whites. Mine has been the total opposite. Not to say that I haven’t heard my fair share of ignorance but I can say that most of the white people that I have spoken with, that weren’t my friends, have been well intentioned.

                Also, I view African-American and Black differently as well. I didn’t until I moved to DC (even though i have always preferred to be called black and have corrected those that say African-American). There are so many Africans in this area that are 1 or 2 generations removed from the actual continent of Africa that I consider them African-American.

        • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

          I understand what you’re saying. I know White people may be afraid to ask. It’s a sensitive subject so questions MUST be worded very very carefully. That’s what happens to a race of people who have been enslaved, killed, beaten, segregated, etc. We deal with so much racism that it makes it a tad bit difficult to approach all questions with an open mind. I hope your white friends understand.

          If you’ve never experienced what I have then I applaud you. I guess White people get too comfortable around me. :) Either way, yeah we are def not represented well on tv but that’s another topic.

          • Mena

            If you’ve never experienced what I have then I applaud you. I guess White people get too comfortable around me. :) Either way, yeah we are def not represented well on tv but that’s another topic.

            Oh, dont get me wrong. I have heard the ignorance as well but it comes from both sides.

        • PoppySeed

          For me, it’s HOW the question is asked in terms of the questioner’s intentions.

          Some questions are asked from a place of bigotry or misguided resentment. I know what the questioner is trying to do, so I deflect. The person is dealing with their own issues, and they want me to accept their crap.

          But I’ve been asked some really good questions over the years, from people who wish to engage in real dialogue and conversation. I always admire these folks. We end up learning a great deal from each other.

          Always treasure such people and interactions.

      • Kali

        I dont mean to take the position of “its not that bad” at ALL. I think its much worse than most white people are willing to admit or have taken the time to comprehend. I guess my knee-jerk reaction to the post was just “wait! no! please! i promise were not all like what you see in this video!” It is naive and overly optimistic for me to say most white people arent like that. I DO think a significant percent of the folks hanging in the middle of the spectrum (not consciously prejudice or racist, not consciously making an effort to learn/understand/make an effort towards progress, etc) dont get it, dont appreciate the significance and scale of the issue(s) mostly because they just havent stumbled across an experience in their life that really made them dig deep and think about it, or try to understand it. Is that an excuse for complacency? of course not. It is worth noting that their ignorance doesnt come from a place of malintent. Intention does matter. I couldnt agree more that its something that we need to bring light to.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      You are right to some degree. But I do wonder how many white people would cringe b/c they did know all of that information versus because they just look bad on video.

      If I was white, I wonder if I’d care. And I mean that sincerely. If my life doesn’t really intersect with many Black people then why would I? And short of people living in major cities, most of America is filled with that very scenario.

      I went to high school in Alabama and I can say with confidence that the reason most of the white people I went to high school knew about the stuff he was asking is because the Black students in our school made a big deal about Black history month, etc. And let’s just say Feb was a tense time at my school. White students felt like we didn’t need it and felt like they were being forced to learn sh*t that didn’t matter. And some of their parents felt the same way. Granted that was in teh 90s but man is that sh*t telling considering I was in the “educated” part of the state.

      • http://vanityinperil.com Vanity in Peril

        That is so telling of the complacency that most white people in this country are allowed to live in whether they live in a state/town with lots of black people or not. White students don’t understand why we need to learn about black people but would look at us like we were cray if we said that about American History aka white history. Why? Because they don’t see it as “white history”— they see it through the prism of “The Main Story” whilst minorities see it in this instance for what it is “Your somewhat whitewashed fairy tale about how you guys boot-strapped it all the way to the top of the pops with minimal assistance from black or brown people and invented everything that is good”. The point is they don’t see it as “their” story like they see black history month as “ours” because it’s the feature presentation. Black History information should be incorporated into the curriculum of the year (along with the latino story and every other ethnicity of people that has been underrepresented in text) but that would require the story to be not just edited but rewritten… for truth this time. I won’t hold my breath.

        • Royale W. Cheese

          “The point is they don’t see it as “their” story like they see black history month as “ours” because it’s the feature presentation. ”

          Bingo. Pride is a double edged sword. We demand special packaging to feature “our” history, but also demand that the outsiders embrace it, too. And white people are guilty of the same thing, come to think of it. Our history needs to be less prideful and more truthful. You can’t beat segregation (white-washed history) with more segregation (Black history).

        • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

          THIS! …all of it.

        • Mena

          “but that would require the story to be not just edited but rewritten.” This line right here says it ALL.

        • https://twitter.com/#!/DonQ___ QG

          +1 to all of this

      • Kali

        I can only say why I cringed. I cringed because of the black face.. not so much just the makeup but the way he was trying to act, thats how black people act in his eyes. To him theres nothing wrong with getting dressed up and acting like that. I cringed because of how amusing it was to these kids, that the were clueless. Thats funny? thats not funny, they should be ashamed. Its a glimpse of a broader issue that plaques us and its painful to watch.

        I think most white people dont care, for exactly the reason youre saying but they should! they should because this is our history too! as americans. I completely understand WHY a black history month is necessary right now, but I look forward to a time when its not. When American history is american history and we respect all of it and all of it is significant and celebrated.

    • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

      “I’m SURE anyone who reads this as seen someone that has one or more identifing factors in common with themselves, do something that just made them *facepalm* or cringe.”

      Black folks know this feeling ALL the time. We’re always judged as a whole on what a select few do. So, you’re amongst friends in that respect. lol

  • Geneva Girl

    OMG. That make up job just makes him look dirty.

    • http://ladyngo.blogspot.com Lady Ngo

      Thats what i said when i first saw it! He didn’t look black, he looked like he needed a freaking bath

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      yeah, he did look mad dirty. like jim jones after a bath.

      • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

        ——->