Do we really need a list of the most ‘overrated white people’ in America from Marc Lamont Hill? I thought he was bigger than this racially motivated cheap shot. Right off the bat, Marc Lamont Hill would be on my list of one of the most overrated black men in America. Here’s a partial list:
Elvis Presley - Elvis didn’t write his own songs (despite taking credit for them), barely played the guitar, and was a worse actor than the entire cast of Belly. Despite being a cheap facsimile of Little Richard, he is still known as the “King of Rock ‘n Roll.” Only in America…
Ronald Reagan - You can’t have a conversation with a Republican without hearing Reagan’s name invoked as the patron saint of American politics. As a result, Ronald Reagan moves closer and closer to the Mount Rushmore of our public imagination with each passing year. How easily we forget that Reagan was largely responsible for shutting down mental hospitals, bloating the military, shrinking benefits for the needy, sparking mass incarceration, and declaring ketchup a vegetable for our children’s school lunches.
Justin Bieber - Sure, the kid can sing and dance. But is he better than dozens of black R&B singers? Nope.
Donald Trump - The Donald was always obnoxious, but he dipped to new lows this year by jumping on the Birther train. But that alone doesn’t make him overrated. Just racist and dumb. No, Trump is overrated because people actually look to the self-important hack for legitimate political insight. The only thing more inflated than Trump’s intellectual value is his net-worth, which is nothing close to the “many billions” he alleges.
Joel Osteen - The only preacher in America who can give an entire sermon without referencing a bible. Somehow, Osteen has convinced the world that he is a legitimate theologian rather than a schmaltzy self-help salesmen in pastor’s clothing.
The Whole NHL (except Wayne Simmonds) - Has anyone noticed that the whole season is about to be canceled? Nope, didn’t think so.
Bill Clinton - Despite bombing Africa and the Middle East regularly, approving the Welfare Reform Bill, Prison Litigation Reform Act, and “three strikes” legislation, Black folk regularly regard Clinton as a messianic figure. He may have been better than Bush, but Slick Willie was far from a savior. Source
I guess the one question I have to ask Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is if he would tolerate a list of the “15 most overrated blacks?” This is just shameful racebaiting. This man, is the Associate Professor of English Education at Columbia University. Makes one wonder what kind of people are imparting knowledge to our kids on college campuses. There are overrated people of every racial background, but stereotyping and finger pointing is plain wrong. Yeah, I have problems with Christopher Columbus and his so-called discoveries of the New World, but please, this list is a bit much.