Thursday, March 4, 2010

Fictional Black History Month Invades the Real World

We at SBPDL have worked extra-hard to celebrate Black History Month correctly, identifying characters from cinema and television that have made outstanding contributions to world history.

Of course, these are entirely fictitious contributions but film and television help craft positive images of people through a form of "coerced reinforcement of positive values" that simply don't exist in the real world.

The Huxtable Effect puts this theory in perspective and articulates smoothly the origins of the positive light that Black people currently find themselves bathed in, in America:
Have you been following the discussion on the Huxtable Effect? The term refers to an idea circulating about The Cosby Show and its impact on how people voted in this year's presidential election. Many white Americans, it is believed, experienced their first realistic glimpse inside the lives of African Americans through the fictional Huxtable family. Some theorists say this appealing depiction of a middle-class black family on the '80s sitcom made possible the candidacy and election of Barack Obama as President of the United States.
Continually watching the same happy family in a loving environment - albeit a simulated, fictional one fueled with funny scripts - conditions people to accept Pavlovian responses to any perceived Black failure in the real world.

But what about the Cosby's...?

Well, Stuff Black People Don't Like celebrated Black History Month by profiling those characters from film who've helped create positive images of Black people in vocations to few Black people have dared to enter successfully.

Now, three teachers in California who found the challenge of celebrating real Black History Month for 28 days a daunting puzzle for the lack of eligible pieces capable of creating an image worthy of honoring. In essence, so few Black figures of prominence or relative significance exist in history - just ask Bill and Ted - that pop culture figures are deemed worthy of celebration:
Three Los Angeles elementary school teachers accused of giving children portraits of O.J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman and RuPaul to carry in a Black History Month parade have been removed from their classrooms, a school district spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Children from other classes at the school displayed photos of more appropriate black role models, such as Nelson Mandela, Harriet Tubman and President Obama, Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman Gayle Pollard-Terry said.

The incident occurred Friday at Wadsworth Avenue Elementary School in South Los Angeles, where the student body is more than 90 percent Latino.

District Superintendent Ramon Cortines placed the teachers - all white men who teach first, second and fourth grades - on administrative leave on Tuesday while an investigation is conducted, Pollard-Terry said.

"The superintendent will not let anyone make a mockery out of Black History Month," she said.


J said...

1)America's unhealthy fixation w/celebs- that's a whole other issue.
2)Can you name a black person(innocent or guilty)who escaped the US criminal justice system w/out running? OJ is historical!
3)OJ didn't do it.

Phalluster said...

These three dubious characters were pre-approved for use by the school. The problem, obviously, is that the teachers are white. They followed the curriculum and are being castigated for their white skin. What a lesson for Black History Month!

"Children at Wadsworth Avenue Elementary School were carrying pictures of the men at a parade Friday on the school playground, said Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman Gayle Pollard-Terry. She said Supt. Ramon C. Cortines learned about the incident Tuesday and had the teachers, who are white, pulled from their classrooms pending an investigation.


Pollard-Terry said Simpson, Rodman and RuPaul were included on a list of prominent African Americans approved by the school for study during Black History Month."

Anonymous said...

1. IS true.
2. I don't feel bad for the majority obvious guilty blacks
3. Yeah he did. Many blacks knew it too and they were glad he got off.

Jack said...

OJ didn't do it? lol you negros are so funny.

Stuff Black People Don't Like said...

The head of the local NAACP wants the three white teachers fired... SBPDL will compile a list of Black heroes that are deemed "acceptable" to celebrate in the coming month, so that this kind of action will NEVER, EVER happen again.

Anonymous said...

The school is 90% Latino. Why are they're even having a "Black history" parade in the first place? I'm familiar with that section of Los Angeles. It is populated largely by poor Mexican immigrants. What sane black person would even live in that area?

If I desired information about blacks I'll will go to another black person. A white person talking about my culture is just a signal to tune out. No offense to all of the "liberal" white folks out there.

So, the white teachers shouldn't be fired. They should be thanked for showing the true colors of most whites. They were just being honest.

The few black parents that have children attending this horrible school. Look into charter schools or private education

Once again you guys have proven why "Black history month" needs to be abolished.Black traditions need to stay amongst black people.

-Black guy

Anonymous said...


O.J. is a white woman loving house negro that ultimately got what he deserved. The Jury that convicted him was all white. Therefore he was truly judged by a "jury Of his peers"

Also O.J. did do it.

-Black guy

Phalluster said...

"The few black parents that have children attending this horrible school. Look into charter schools or private education"

what world do you live in?

Anonymous said...


I live in the real world. Most black parents did just that. It is the reason why the school is 90% Latino.

Once again proof positive why any discussion of black issues should remain amongst blacks

I'm an avid reader and I enjoy History. I find it kind of amusing the way most white people get so angry at the mere mention of black historical figures. I didn't cry when we studied about Washington, Jefferson, Thomas Paine, school. Yet, you guys go into a 28 day crying jag during the month of February.

So, what world do you live in

-Black guy

Anonymous said...

"Black traditions need to stay amongst black people."

Dear Black "gotta have the last word" Guy:

I think that your comment explains black on black crime phenomenon perfectly!

I do agree that unique black traditions like high illegitimate birth rates, welfare dependency, anti-intellectualism, materialism, pimp-ology, and ghetto fabulousness should stay amongst black people. Only without whites, blacks and therefore black "traditions" would never exist. Bummer.