A black professor who describes himself as “one of the leading hip-hop generation intellectuals in the country” and holds a faculty appointment in African American Studies at the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University says he’s determined the 15 most “overrated” white people.
Included are President Ronald Reagan, Elvis Presley, Tim Tebow, Donald Trump, Babe Ruth and William Shakespeare.
The verdict comes from Marc Lamont Hill, who has appeared numerous times on the Fox News channel.
The list was spotted by reporters with CampusReform.org, among others.
“Although history proves that Christopher Columbus was an immoral treasure hunter who merely stumbled upon a region that had already been ‘discovered’ by indigenous non-whites, we continue to praise the vicious conquistador as a hero,” Hill wrote.
However, Columbus wasn’t on Hill’s list.
But Elvis Presley was. He’s the one, according to Hill, who “barely played the guitar” and was a “cheap facsimile of Little Richard.”
Reagan, Hill said, “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.”
Hill said of Trump, “The only thing more inflated than Trump’s intellectual value is his net-worth, which is nothing close to the ‘many billions’ he alleges.”
According to Hill, Tebow is “at best … a 2nd or 3rd string player.”
And Hill concludes that William Shakespeare has been deified. “We ignore the fact that many aspects of Shakespeare’s work – such as the writing in Hamlet or the generally narrow range of female roles in his plays – just aren’t that awesome.”
Hill said Babe Ruth “was … the beneficiary of smaller playing fields and a segregated league. … There’s little doubt that Ruth would have lower career numbers if he had been forced to face Satchel Paige and his peers on a regular basis.”
Hill calls Joel Osteen a “schmaltzy self-help salesmen (sic) in pastor’s clothing.”
Others in Hill’s bull’s-eye are Sarah Palin, Bill Walton, Eminem, Bill Clinton, the NFL, Kate Middleton, Barack Obama’s economic team, Prince Harry and Justin Beiber.
On the Marc Lamont Hill website, he describes himself as a “social justice activist and organizer,” and says he was chosen in 2005 by Ebony Magazine as one of America’s top 30 black leaders under 30.
His site states, “His research focuses on the intersections between culture, politics and education. He is particularly interested in locating various sites of possibility for political resistance, identity work, and knowledge production outside of formal schooling contexts. Particular sites of inquiry include prisons, black bookstores, and youth cultural production.”
Reader comments on the Huffington Post ranged from an endorsement of Hill’s opinions to one that said, “I don’t see why Mr. Hill finds the need to create such a list, when we all know if a white professor did the same thing against black famous people Mr. Hill would be the first to scream racism.”