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Overrated White People

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On Monday, our nation will celebrate Columbus Day as a national holiday. Although Columbus was an immoral treasure hunter who merely stumbled upon a region that had already been “discovered” by indigenous non-white peoples, we continue to praise the vicious conquistador as a hero. In the true spirit of Columbus, I have decided to make my own list (partially tongue in cheek, of course) of overrated white people. (Yes, there are lots of overrated Black people too. Keep reading…) This list is not exhaustive, nor is it offered in any particular order:

Elvis Presley – Elvis didn’t write his own songs, 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.

Bill Clinton – Despite bombing Africa and the Middle East regularly, approving the Welfare Reform Bill, the Prison Litigation Reform Act, and “three strikes” legislation, Black folk regularly regard Clinton as a messianic figure. He may be better than Bush, but Slick Willie was far from a savior.

Babe Ruth – While there is no doubt that Babe Ruth was the most dominant player of his era, he was also the beneficiary of smaller playing fields and a segregated league. Still, Ruth, rather than Hank Aaron or Willie Mays, is the single most celebrated player in the history of the sport.

Bill Walton –Walton embodies hyperbole. As an announcer, Walton regularly refers to at least eight different players as the “best player in the world, bar none” and regularly refers to routine turnovers as “the worst play in the history of Western civilization.” As a player, Walton put together one of the greatest college careers in NCAA history and led Portland to a championship. Still, a career full of recurring injuries and his sixth-man role in Boston make Walton’s placement on the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players list dubious at best.

Eminem – Without question, Marshall Mathers is a dope MC. His first two LPs (particularly the second) will go down as classics. Still, the genius label is too quickly attached to Em at the expense of more significant old school rappers like Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane, as well as contemporaries like Black Thought, Kool Keith, and Common.

Tony Romo – From mishandled to untimely interceptions, Romo finds new ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Still, the Cowboys quarterback is considered a top-tiered QB.

Justin Timberlake  – Yes, he can dance. Yes, he can sing. But is he any better than dozens of Black R&B singers? NO

Paris Hilton – What does she do again?

For my next trick, I’ll make a list of overrated Black people. My top choice? Here’s a hint: it rhymes with Schmarack Chlobama

116 comments

  1. Andre - October 17, 2009 6:14 am

    Clearly we’re not going to agree on this one. Tossing words like “facts” and “research” into this discussion (gentle euphemisms for “my opinion”) won’t make Elvis any less overrated to me…and I suspect hoards of other people of color. So please feel free to continue worshipping El-Boogie like he was born with a golden guitar in his hand. It’ll make for a much more interesting story when we’re all chillin’ in Heaven listening to Elvis himself tells us stories about how he was grossly overrated. Just don’t be mad when I say “I told you so.”

    Oh, come on. I kid, I kid! :)

  2. Chickoo - October 17, 2009 6:41 am

    And who are you again?? Picking on Elvis was a big mistake…

  3. James dONT - October 17, 2009 5:23 pm

    Marc puts this stupid story up every few months to drum up web hits and blow his name up. Ever since he switched to the new format this place has become a ghost town of the few regulars. This article, story whatever you want to call it is nothing more than a publicity stunt for his misguided website.

  4. pam - October 17, 2009 7:33 pm

    well something we can agree on!! your right we’re NOT going to agree on this and alot of people of “color” as you put it respect elvis for what he did, you would know that if you knew anything about him that meant anything and i hope with all my heart he’s singing with the angels, thats the lords decision and thats all i’ll say about that i WON’T argue over that!! and i don’t worship elvis i ONLY worship GOD, i just happen to think elvis was a wonderful singer and man. oh and he was born VERY poor and worked very hard to get to where he was no one GAVE him anything. except of course the talent the Lord gave him.and there will be no i told you so’s, he didn’t understand his fame but he did understand that God gave him that wonderful voice and the talent to hear a song and know how it should go. you may be right about that “my opinion” statement to a certain extent but you have to admint that sometimes when you learn more about a situation opinions can be changed!

  5. Alfonso - October 17, 2009 8:45 pm

    WTF??? Since when Columbus Day is about celebrating Columbus life??
    I am from Spain and not even here the guy is celebrated like a hero…but to call him an ‘immoral treasure hunter’ and a ‘vicious conquistardor’ is a bit childish…he lived in a completely different time under a completely different set of rules and ‘moral expectations’…would you have behaved completely diiferent 5 centuries ago…as if you were born with the current ‘human rights declaration’ coded in your DNA? Give me a break…

    And what´s with all this ‘white/black’ take on things…even if it´s made tongue in cheek …seriously…it has to go.

    ( Apologies for any errors…english is my second language ).

  6. Fred - October 18, 2009 12:21 pm

    Not for nothing, but we are still waiting for Mr. Hill’s list of overrated black people. Until such time, I’ll be considering Mr. Hill a RACIST.

  7. Gusella - October 20, 2009 9:37 am

    I do not know why FOX fired you and I do not know if the article “Overrated White People” had anything to do with the firing, but if you are the author of the Article “Overrated White People” it was not a smart thing to do. Are you sure you even wrote the article or is there an imposture? How is writing an article like this not going to inflame whites? The article is incendiary. The title is abrasive. It is not what you say, it is how you say it. I respect you and I enjoy listening to you, but is there not a smarter way to make your point without being so offensive especially since you are a professor. You are supposed to be racially sensitive. You have to be careful how you attack peoples GODS and ICONS. Attacking Elvis is like launching an attack against ISLAM or JUDAISM or CHRISTAINITY.
    People like Rush and Hannity would love to chew you up and spit you out. Why then make yourself their fodder. Maybe you should have written the article “Overrated Black People” first. Maybe you should not have written such an article at all. What purpose did you hope to serve? Some things are better not said. It was more an attack article rather than academic dialogue and you being a professor, people expect that you would be professional especially on issues like this. If you truly wrote this article, then this is a new low for you and FOX was right to fire you because you have become a part of that “divide the races crowd” by giving the races something else to fight about. This kind of rhetoric be it fact or fiction is not going to help America move forward. America is about moving forward for the good of all Americans. I thought so highly of you that I am still hoping this is a joke and you really did not write the article.

  8. BigSmooov in DC - October 20, 2009 2:30 pm

    I have to disagree with you on Eminem Dr. Hill. He deserves his props.

    But you can add Brett Farve. Everyone and their mother knows if ANY black QB get the same chances and opportunities…they would get the same treatment. On the flip side to that, if you have the same black QB throw as many INT’s as he did….then they would’ve been yesterday’s news light years ago.

  9. BigSmooov in DC - October 20, 2009 2:43 pm

    As far as Elvis….Dr Hill…YOU ARE CORRECT!!!!!

    People think Elvis was a hero from a racial front!?!?!?!? That tells me right there they know nothing about that redneck! Only “barriers” he broke down were the ones between the rednecks and the middle class whites! LoL He was a music stealing racist simple and plain.

    Micheal was bigger than him by far. Even “banged” his daughter. LoL Until you show me footage of a mass amount of black men and woman that fainted at his concerts vs. Michael having masses of white fans (male and female) passing out ……than just be quite.

  10. Heather - October 23, 2009 4:22 pm

    i am a white person and you know what is so over rated its black people going around hollering all the time Discreamination when they don’t get their way , that is over rated and the other two things i think is so overrated is Michael Jackson who cares everyone knows he was a pediphile and those kids were not lying on him and if you want to talk about something talk about Jon and Kate Gosselin they are white but they got on national tv and told a bare face lie in order to obtainm free stuff and they expolited their 8 kids to get the free stuff.so lay off of Elvis he done nothin to you i thought the Michael Jackson passing and funeral was overrated like anyone really cared i know i sure didn’t. before you start to critize Elvis or anyone else please look deeply into what Michael Jackson done and the word Discreamination that is used all the time by black people when they don’t get their way.

  11. Heather - October 23, 2009 4:35 pm

    and one more thing you know what else is overrated is the day people celebrate Martin Luther King Day in January when all places are shut down to honor this man i don’t see what he done so great all he done was go from state to state starting trouble with the white people that is all he done and why people want to remember this man i don’t know why cause i don’t he nothin more but a trouble maker black person.he is overreated me and my family don’t celebrate MLK day he didn’t do nothin for us he was just another trouble maker causing trouble everywhere he went always running his mouth about things he knew anything about like always.

  12. Vixen - October 25, 2009 8:44 pm

    amber rose on the list please

    who are all thee elvis water carriers??? lmao

  13. DCI74 - October 26, 2009 11:16 pm

    @ Vixen – although I still don’t quite know what Amber Rose does she’s only half white. She’s Italian and Cape Verdean.

  14. Pat - October 28, 2009 1:52 pm

    Elvis Presley: For you to include *Elvis Presley* in your list of overrated White people, only goes to show your ignorance as well as your self rightoues bigoted attitude! I hope you include yourself in the list of overrated Black People, which I have yet to see. Elvis Presley had more talent in his little finger than you could muster up throughout your lifetime. Elvis Presley never took guitar lessons, piano lessons or voice lessons. His ability to do all of it was a gift from God and for you to insult that is disgusting!. The Guitar was not his thing, he was a amazing singer and entertainer, so you should know what your talking about before bashing him or anyone else for that matter. Elvis was also a great Actor, his films were not chosen by him but by the Colonel for him which Elvis himself did not like. There is not a day that goes by, that either Elvis Presley, one of his songs or an event honoring him is not seen on T.V. Either in a commercial, a movie or on a talk show. Every Single Day you will hear or see Elvis Presley. 31 years later, Elvis Presley is honored by his millions of fans even today. Wonder who will honor you, 6 months after you pass on. I would imagine NADA!

  15. Really? - November 10, 2009 5:57 pm

    Most overrated black people: YOU

  16. Repl - January 7, 2010 3:35 am

    Facsimile of Little richard?? LOL! Elvis is way before little richard, check discographies!

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