The month Black people anxiously await for is nearly upon us, and February can barely contain the narration we are soon to be inundated with as Black History Month prepares for 28 days of chronicling the trials, tribulations and overcoming against all odds that Black people continue to endure on a daily basis.
We at SBPDL believe Black History Month to be a special time to reflect upon the contributions of Black people to the United States of America. However, the endless and comical quest of locating individuals worthy of admiration and remembrance is a task on par with cleaning the Augean Stables.
Peanut butter? Traffic lights? Compared to the people who built rockets that have sent man-made objects out of our solar system, conquered the atom and created the iPhone, stories of refusing to get off of a bus in Montgomery appear a tad overblown in their historical importance.
It seems Black History Month is an exercise in futility, an endless search for relevance in a sea of achievements by other people of surprisingly monochromatic color.
Outside of the Civil Rights struggle for equality and sports achievements, Black people and their historical resume in the United States appears surprisingly dubious and nearly without merit.
It is commonly pointed out that February is shortest month of the year and the 2010 edition of the month only graces us with 28 days to enjoy the serenity and ecstasy of Black history. And yet, Black people and their achievements in the United States amount to a mere footnote in history (see the history of the Nobel Prize and Black people), unless history is stripped to a continuous deconstruction of white peoples intolerance and racism that had to be overcome.
The historical tableau of Black people and their collected achievements is nearly a blank page, and when you consider the Out of Africa theory of life and the sorrowful state of Haiti – the Black-run Island devastated by the twin disasters of an earthquake and possessing only a population of Black people – Black History Month seems superfluous.
Thankfully, Stuff Black People Don’t Like is here to rectify certain inequities, and beginning on February 1st, we will dedicate each day to sprucing up Black history with the advent of the “SBPDL Guide to Fictional Black Characters”.
You see the need for fiction to augment the desolate pages of Black people and their chronologically listed contributions to the world – outside of sports – showcases the inadequacies of the historical significance of Black people.
Thus, we will fill the void and provide the top 28 fictional Black individuals from television, cinema and literature that show Black people succeeding in a contrived setting and we will plead the case that these characters from imagination should qualify as Black people worthy of gracing the pantheon of Black achievement.
We have stated that film and television have helped “mainstream” positive images of Black people to the general public, and without Dr. Huxtable and The Cosby Show (and countless other images from cinema and TV) where would Black people.
This Black History Month, we honor the true stars of Black history. Not Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman or Barry “Mein” Obama. No, these Black people are merely creations of Disingenuous White Liberals and their importance is buttressed by the incessant rantings of Crusading White Pedagogues bent on reinforcing fabrications packaged as truths.
No, we honor the true heroes of Black history, those fictional characters that can be watched with reverence in films and television, who have the capability of filling our hearts with joy and work to disprove negative stereotypes of an entire people.
Black people have come far in America, and it is through movies and television shows that this occurred and how this situation is preserved.
Something wicked this way comes. Stuff Black People Don’t Like is excited about finally contributing true Black history to February’s festivities, through the medium of television and cinema characters that Black people brought to life.
These Black characters from movies and television are the true muses of this current epoch we live in, not the Black people peddled by politicians, corporations and teachers.
So sit back and come February 1st, be ready to learn the true stars of Black History; fictional characters from film and television.