Charlamagne Quizzes New Yorkers On What They Know About Black History, And The Results Are A Mess

February 17, 2014  |  

Most of the things I’ve learned about black history came from my parents, not really from the education system. My father used to take us to a lot of African and Caribbean festivals in Chicago, buy us a lot of books about black folks, and ask us a lot of questions to make sure we were comprehending what we were reading.

Not only did I have an African American history bingo set as a kid, but we were one of the few families I knew of with the full volumes of Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African-American Experience by Henry Louis Gates sitting in the living room. Because of such encouragement, I used to do black history month announcements in elementary school. And even for the last few years, I’ve posted black history month facts on my social media for my friends.  I love February! That’s why I’m always disappointed when I see videos like this that show how little people know in general about black history and how little it also seems they care about it. It’s especially disappointing when these people just so happen to be black. What’s funny about confusing Condoleezza Rice with Michelle Obama? Radio personality Charlamagne tha god took to the streets for his show Charlamagne & Friends on MTV to quiz people, mostly black folks, about their knowledge of black people in history, and the results are mind-boggling at times:

I’m sure there were probably many people that he could have asked who knew they were looking at Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Condoleezza Rice and of course, Tyler Perry. Hey, maybe they even edited out those folks to make the video more shocking to some and funny to others. But man…this was a painful mess. What do you think? Share your thoughts below.

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