Locals and Marylanders Rank High on List of "Black Folks We'd Like To Remove From Black History" ~ Annapolis Capital Punishment

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Locals and Marylanders Rank High on List of "Black Folks We'd Like To Remove From Black History"

Have you read The Root? This is how The Root describes itself:

"The Root is a daily online magazine that provides thought-provoking commentary on today's news from a variety of black perspectives. The site also hosts an interactive genealogical section to trace one's ancestry through AfricanDNA.com, a DNA testing site co-founded by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who is also The Root's Editor-In-Chief. The Root aims to be an unprecedented departure from traditional American journalism, raising the profile of black voices in mainstream media and engaging anyone interested in black culture around the world."

What is its connection to Maryland?  Read on... Readers will recall how The Root Editor and Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. figured prominently in the news a few months back.  Well, this interesting website has come up with a ranking of  "Black Folks We'd Like To Remove From Black History" and the list has got some pretty prominent folks with serious local and Maryland connections. Marion Barry is number one. Michael Steele is number two. Sheila Dixon is number four. DC Sniper John Allen Muhammed is number six, Alan Keyes is number eight. Did you notice how Democrats and Republicans make the list?

But there is of course a much brighter side because a more positive list would likely include Thurgood Marshall, Harriett Tubman, Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Anthony Brown, Kweisi Mfume, Billie Holiday, Elijah Cummings, Matthew Henson and maybe even H. Rap Brown, and many other accomplished Black leaders from Maryland. See: www.theroot.com/multimedia/black-folks-wed-remove-black-history

Perhaps one day we will be proud to to see such a positive list include some of our local Black politicians, but, well,  I guess you can just say that I have a dream.  Hey local readers--visit our own local museum--The Banneker-Douglass Museum at: http://www.bdmuseum.com/ to learn more about Maryland's African American history or Baltimore's Maryland Black History Museum at: http://www.africanamericanculture.org/

Thanks to Josh Stewart for Tweeting this website to my attention!

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