The Dangers of Whitewashing Black History

Should white people care about the whitewashing of black history? Most people will likely answer yes to this question, if only because it sounds politically correct to do so. What will hopefully become clear is that whites have as much to lose by whitewashing black history as their African American peers.

“I plan to expose the serious dangers of altering black history to soften the reality of white supremacist terrorism,” Ikard said. “One of the great human costs of this phenomenon is that it puts the burden on blacks not only to correct the historical record, but also to educate whites about how to treat blacks as human beings. What I will show is that even though blacks carry the undue burden of correcting the historical record, whites have as much at stake in reckoning with our shared history as their fellow black Americans.”

David Ikard is a Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University. His research and teaching interests include African American Literature, black feminist criticism, hip-hop culture, black masculinity and whiteness studies. He is the author/co-author of four books and many essays in magazines.

Breaking The Silence: Toward a Black Male Feminist Criticism“ (2007)
Nation of Cowards: Black Activism in Barack Obama’s Post-Racial America (2012; co-authored with Martell Teasley and winner of the 2013 Best Scholarly Book Award by DISA)
Blinded by the Whites: Why Race Still Matters in 21st-Century America (2013)
Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs (2017).

…have appeared f.e. in the African American Review, MELUS , Palimpsest, African and Black Diaspora Journal, The Journal of Black Studies, and Obsidian III.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. TEDxNashville

p.s. And a familiar kind of criticism is adressed on teaching history in the educational curriculum in Britain.

[Source: The introduction was written by the ISD Gießen on the basis of the preliminary to the TEDx video and other material on Prof. David Ikard´s work found on the internet. The video was published on Jun 13, 2018 in the name of TEDx Talks likewise on yt.]

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