There's a black man standing in your Oxfords with you
February 21, 2011 9:01 AM Subscribe
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Bill Cosby: "A lot of people think we oughta wash white, but we aint gonna, you see." "People think that we Afro-Americans started with nothing but little grass skirts like the kids in the Tarzan movies....but uh, we
had something before we left Africa." "Now if you want to look history right straight in the eye... you're going to get a black eye. Because it isn't important whether a few black heroes got lost or stolen or strayed in American history textbooks. What's important is why
they got left out."
Black History: Lost, Stolen, or Strayed. (Part 1
)Find at your local library.
Some of the people mentioned: Norbert Rillieux
, Jan Ernst Matzeliger
, Jim Beckwourth
, Jean Baptiste du Sable
, 5000 black cowboys & Deadwood Dick (pictured page 11 of PDF)
, Matthew Henson
, Daniel Hale Williams
In the second part, Cosby looks at the drawings of black and white children and talks about hollywood's portrayal of black people and the white audience's desire for these portrayals. In part three Cosby continues to examine characters in films, discussing white actors' roles, how they legitimized the messages for white audiences and created lasting memories. Part four continues with Cosby showing the portrayals of black people on film, mostly as servants or other stereotypes, then transitions into the effects of these portrayals, down to a black man's hairstyle. Part 5 opens up with a discussion of black people's acceptance into American society, and goes into a response and reaction to these messages. Cosby returns in the last segment to wrap things up.