Can you imagine the outrage if a white commentator wrote an article with the headline "The 15 Most Overrated Black People?"
On Monday, African American Studies professor and political commentator Marc Lamont Hill published a piece at the Huffington Post entitled "The 15 Most Overrated White People."
To honor Columbus Day, Hill began his piece by bashing one of our nation's most beloved figures.
"Although history proves that Christopher Columbus was an immoral treasure hunter who merely stumbled upon a region that had already been 'discovered' by indigenous non-whites," wrote Hill, "we continue to praise the vicious conquistador as a hero."
"To honor the true spirit of Columbus Day," Hill continued, "I have created my own list of overrated white people. Of course, this list is not exhaustive, as there are countless other White people who are equally underwhelming."
Imagine a white person writing, "To honor the true spirit of Martin Luther King Day, I have created my own list of overrated black people. Of course, this list is not exhaustive, as there are countless other Black people who are equally underwhelming."
That would be the end of that person's career, wouldn't it?
By contrast, Hill will probably win a Pulitzer Prize.
Here are some of Hill's "most overrated white people":
To be fair to Hill, he did recognize the absurdity of Barack Obama winning a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.
According to Front Page magazine, that caused him to embark on his list of overrated black people.
I can't find any evidence that he's published such a list though.