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Victoria Jackson Calls For “White History Month”

By February 5, 2013

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Actress and comedienne Victoria Jackson has a history of making controversial and insensitive comments. After the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Jackson quipped that the shooter was "just doing what abortionists do every day." Now Jackson has offended the public by calling for a White History Month in a column posted on her website Thursday that she has since removed. In the column, Jackson wrote:

"Just for the record, white men invented rockets, space travel, airplanes, the automobile, the English language, the U.S.A., most medical advances, electricity, television, telescope, microscope, Ivy League Universities, the computer, the Internet, and on and on. I think white men should be praised and respected. White Christian Conservative Men especially, should be loved and adored. They were the backbone and originators of the greatest nation on earth. We need more of them now."

I'm not sure why Jackson felt the need to tout the achievements of white men on the eve of Black History Month. Firstly, the creation of "Black History Month" has nothing to do with the denigration of white men. Carter Woodson, the Ivy League-educated historian who launched Negro History Week (which eventually became Black History Month) did so because he thought the black experience was either misrepresented or ignored in history books. Secondly, both blacks and whites worked together to make Negro History Week an event the entire nation recognized. Both groups recognized that blacks and not just whites were the backbone of this country. Perhaps if Victoria Jackson took time to research the origins of Black History Month rather than just use the occasion to defend "persecuted" white men she would know this. Instead, she used a time that has been used for decades to reflect on the achievements of African Americans and to honor activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King or Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz to harp on how horribly mistreated white men are.

Without Native Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos and blacks, the United States would not exist as we know it, as people such as Malcolm X pointed out in his speeches, so I'm terribly offended by Jackson's assertion that white men both "invented" this country and are the backbone of it.  Furthermore, there are cultural heritage months in the United States that honor whites in this country, including Irish-American Heritage Month and National Italian American Heritage Month. A simple Google search would have revealed this, but that wouldn't have fit into Jackson's sensational narrative that white men and their achievements are persecuted and ignored in the age of Obama. Meanwhile, she's overlooked the fact that men still out earn women, whites still out earn blacks and schoolchildren learn about the impact white men had on this nation every single day. But I do have to give Jackson credit for one thing--having the good sense to remove her irresponsible column from her website.

 

Comments

February 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm
(1) Lee says:

Miss Jackson is correct.

February 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm
(2) Buck Shumway says:

I never knew she had a Conservative Political Webshow before reading this article and doing a search on her. Thanks for that. As for the White History Month, why not? You racist or something?

February 9, 2013 at 3:33 pm
(3) Krystal Chaffins says:

who knew victoria jackson was so smart after all television makes her out to be a dimwit – Hats off to you Victoria !!!

February 9, 2013 at 3:35 pm
(4) Chuck says:

Victoria Jackson is totally correct. And to answer the author of this piece it is historical fact that 97 percent of all achievements between 800 BC and 1950 were done by the white race. Meaning the idea of black, asian, hispanic etc. history month is like celebrating Kwanzaa. It is based completely on facts someone made up and has no basis in history. America would be on Mars at least if it was still a 95 percent white country.

February 9, 2013 at 3:43 pm
(5) Janky says:

WOW. She made a simple comment addressing her respect for the white men who helped built society, and you decide to take offense and turn it racial??
Holy reading-way-too-far-into-things crap.

It’s not ok to respect white people that accomplished admirable feats? That’s rage-inspiring and “offensive” to you?
Just pathetic.

February 9, 2013 at 3:51 pm
(6) Sarah says:

Interesting, I guess it depends on the perspective. I feel every day has been white history and black history isn’t addressed the same way. You see media showing a certain perspective, the white perspective if you will. And I think they focus more on the negative in the black portion of society than the positive so you don’t get to see all the amazing things that have happened from black people. Having one month that reminds you what they’ve had to overcome in society and where they’ve come from etc… Anyhow it’s just an interesting difference of opinion and I think depends on your perspective of things in society.

February 9, 2013 at 4:03 pm
(7) hayley says:

Love Victoria, she researches & tells the truth, she was right on!

February 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm
(8) cowfy says:

with a middle name kareem, it’s no wonder you have a problem with miss jackson’s words.

February 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm
(9) Katherine says:

Wow Victoria makes a comment on how she feels and gets tore up about it. I would have left it on there!

February 9, 2013 at 5:29 pm
(10) Jess says:

Last time I checked, this is still America, and citizens still have the right to free speech. Racism has been mislabeled as white people oppressing black people and this is partly why it is still such an issue in this country. It can go both ways! Equal rights for all- if there is a black history month, why not have a white history month as well? If this nation truly is so multicultural, as you say, why not promote a Native American month and Asian American month also?

February 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm
(11) Ropomile says:

Wow, you are showing racism. White and proud of my race. Why can’t all people be proud. Only whites are being taught to keep their pride hidden. Ugh!

February 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm
(12) Ben says:

It’s not that big a deal, just celebrate these achievements with us. Heck, your using them to write this post…

February 9, 2013 at 5:50 pm
(13) Cindy says:

Perhaps she is making these comments to show that there shouldn’t be preferential to blacks if you aren’t going to tout other nationalities such as hispanic, asian, indian, white etc. These are topics that should be studied all year round and not just one month. I love how if someone non-white says anything pro-white they are a disgrace to their race and stupid. Think of Stacy Dash when she didn’t back Obama. If that is truly how people are supposed to feel then your stereotype of whites makes them only doing what they should be doing already. Wake up people, racism is not white exclusive. Anyone can be racist and they are. I am proud to be white, female and of mainly German heritage. I’m married to a Romanichal (Gypsy) who I tease that people think he’s Mexican but can’t speak spanish with his darker skin. Who cares.. it’s what you do with your life that defines who and what you are. I personally don’t care what color you are, do your job and take care of you and yours.

February 9, 2013 at 6:28 pm
(14) Abigail says:

Your offense to her opinion offends me. So you must stop being offended, because according to you, anyone offended by anything anyone does is wrong and should be stopped. So stop.

February 9, 2013 at 8:58 pm
(15) Lynn says:

It’s really time to stop the history month. We have come so far and we do have a black president. It’s time to get rid of dedicating a month to any one color. How many years has this been going on?

February 9, 2013 at 9:02 pm
(16) Lynn says:

If we can have a black history month, then we should be fair. Why not have a white history month. It may educate some people on the founders of this country, as children in school are not being taught about them.

February 9, 2013 at 10:16 pm
(17) Tim says:

Who gives a damn if the author is offended? We need more people to speak the truth.

February 9, 2013 at 10:20 pm
(18) Cag3db1rd says:

Irish Heritage Month? Really? THERE’S BEEN ONE IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF AMERICA. LAST MARCH. THAT IS ALL.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/01/presidential-proclamation-irish-american-heritage-month-2012

As an American of Irish descent, I’m highly offended that you would use that as an example of being multicultural. It sure does let me know what you’re full of.

We get ONE Day a year, and all of you non-Irish ppl use it as an excuse to get RIP ROARING DRUNK, claiming that you get to be Irish on that one day. THAT is offensive. How would you like it if we Irish did that during your beloved Black History Month?

You need to get your facts straight and your priorities in order.

February 10, 2013 at 1:12 am
(19) Georgie says:

Ms. Jackson is 100% correct. No, I am not a racist for being proud to be white, anymore than it is racist for a black person to be proud to be black. Or Asian, latino, native american, etc. Except all of the above can say it without being berated and called racist, except for whites. Just does not seem fair does it? And before I hear about all the “bad” things whites have done, let me say this. If i can’t be proud of my race because of the actions of some in the past, then noone else can either. No race is comepletely sinless. Every race has a less than squeeky clean past.

February 10, 2013 at 6:15 am
(20) Dave says:

I agree with what many have already stated. This is reverse racism. It apparently is ok to have black history month, Black entertainment televsion, NAACP awards, etc. But blacks do not include whites in their awards do they? Grammys, Oscars, Tonys, Emmys all created by Whites but have all been won by blacks. Lets all just forget about this childishness shall we? Does it really matter in this day and age?

February 11, 2013 at 4:34 am
(21) S says:

Its hard for me to believe that most white people seriously don’t get it when it comes to this subject. You are the majority, those “white” inventions and people she named are taught in schools and shown on tv everyday. That’s why there is no month for white history. While 95% of black history is only taught and shown on tv during this one month each year. Now how is that unfair to white people…?

You want to know what its like having a history month? We’ll gladly trade situations. You all can take february and change it to white history month, while black people teach their history year round instead…

February 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm
(22) kristin says:

Looks like Victoria Jackson got all her fans to comment on this. We don’t need a White History month because children learn about whites (particularly white men) every month. It’s sad that children only seem to learn about the contributions of Black Americans in February.

February 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm
(23) Nadine says:

Yes, Miss Jackson has come a long way from the dumb blonde from TV and she has right to express her opinion. but black history is about education everyone the achievements of black throughout history. Now as far as history goes, yes we need a month to educate school children about all history in this country whether your Irish, Italian, Asian, Hispanic, etc. All of these people contribute to this country. So, if Miss Jackson wants to lobby for a month, then AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH should be her focus and that will include everyone who has made historical contributions to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

February 11, 2013 at 4:21 pm
(24) Kim says:

White people, it’s ALWAYS white history month, and that’s the problem. Maybe instead of getting defensive you should check this out:

http://untraining.org/untraining.html

Seriously. For the good of all, including white people.

February 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm
(25) Jayneen says:

For all you folks wanting a white history month, as a student in an integrated school, we were NEVER taught anything about what Black people did in this country. Never knew we made so many accomplishments until I was OUT of high school and began to read exactly what our people DID accomplish in SPITE of white bigotry and hatred.

February 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm
(26) Kim says:

White people hating this column: Even though you don’t get it, it’s ALWAYS white history month.

For everyone’s good, including white people’s, quit getting defensive and think about checking this out:

http://untraining.org/untraining.html

February 11, 2013 at 5:05 pm
(27) Kristinkepitis22 says:

I agree, and disagree on this one. Historically African Americans have bent delt less of an advantage than those of white (or typically European) decent. I think African Americans should be touted for their contributions to making our counrty as great as it is.

On the other hand, I live in the great state of California that I love very much. This past month those of Mexican and other latin decents have by the numbers become equal in California to white americans. That is also simply assuming those that are of current legal citizenship in our country and state of California in specific currently. When taking into account estimates of those of Latin decent that are here illegally, their population actually surpases the white population.

I guess given that, I think every nationality should have a week or month here in the United States. We should have an Irish heritage month, Italian, Polish, ect. etc etc. That along with black history month and latin history month. We should all be celebrating where those of us from other cultures and nationalities. That should be all of us. So I agree with a history month for all cultuers, as opposed to just black and latin months.

February 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm
(28) Vivica D. Houston says:

I agree with my beloved comedienne Ms. Victoria Jackson, I think she’s on to something, for one thing, it tends to be either repetitive or patronizing, maybe a little embarassing, because the ones who accomplished those awesome things would be bullied today as nerds, gays and geeks. We don’t seem to celebrate brains, purity, and love for science in our culture, it’s not the “in” thing. Perhaps if we take off the color and put it in a category so all people will be included in the making of America? Like the history of Classical Music, the history of Jazz, the history of the Railroad, the history of the Textile Industry, etc. This is for the children, children need to know this stuff, most older people are jaded, at least I know that I am.

February 11, 2013 at 7:16 pm
(29) Calvin says:

I am embarrassed by the ignorance and hate expressed by many on this website. Sad to say Ms. Jackson does represent too many of those living in the USA.

February 12, 2013 at 12:58 am
(30) Dan says:

Victoria Jackson is slow and whines just to get in the media. She’s a tired washed up nobody. If all whites were as dumb as her this country would be in extremely serious trouble.

February 14, 2013 at 1:24 pm
(31) JC says:

Non whites are jealous and have an inferiority complex coupled with an intense hatred for white people that is why they reject the idea of a white history month. The only white history that is allowed are the negatives while at the same time only the positives are shown with regards to non-whites.

All races are guilty of some very bad things, the fact that only white peoples bad deeds are shown day in and day out is abject racism.

February 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm
(32) Veronica says:

It’s sad to see that the majority of you on this board are still not getting the point. But then again, people who have historically had it all (including Ms. Jackson) will never see the effects of the pain inflicted on people with a skin color other than white.

February 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm
(33) bpl says:

The fact that u r a target for negative comments means u are being effective. In terms of hate rating your column is neutral with very little of yur opinion. You are asking questions. The haters are operating from a place of paralysing fear that keeps them from having an open mind to have real discussion about this rather then venting

February 16, 2013 at 7:09 pm
(34) M says:

Thank you Ms. Kareem Nittle. Clarity and truth in the midst of paranoia and lies are always refreshing. God knows truth is in short supply these days. Please continue to share .

February 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm
(35) SpeakTheTruth says:

Dang there are alot of White people on this board hating right now. LOL. Thats because you Ms Nittle you spoke the truth. I think Ms Victoria Jackson is an ignorant racist, her and the rest of the people on this message forum who agree with her. After looking her up on the Internet I could tell that she didnt seem too bright of a person so I saw no reason to really take her seriously. But you Ms Nittle keep doing what your doing and keep on exposing the truth about these racist, hateful people. Proud of you. Keep going.

February 19, 2013 at 3:52 am
(36) Doris says:

I can’t believe the hatred, prejudice and racism being spewed in these comments. It is chilling and these types of thoughts and comments lead to hostile work environments, discrimination in employment and housing, and even murder.

I’m glad that we live in a country where we have free speech, but sad that so many choose to exercise it in a way that hurts others.

March 26, 2013 at 8:49 am
(37) Kevin says:

Well, as far as I’m concerned, the history books do not reveal the full and complete truth about slavery.

Perhaps you should dig into your research and find out how many “free slaves” that owned slaves in the 1860′s. There were a lot of black slave owners. Not only that, but did you know that white men were slaves to black men as well?

Not trying to start an argument, but these are the facts.

July 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm
(38) Bexarpaw says:

My take on this whole thing is that there are white people who are just as proud of their heritage as blacks, hispanics, or indians, or jews or whoever. AND IF everyone else has a parade float, and a peice of the celebration then ALL people should be able to participate.

Celebration of your heritage and roots isn’t exclusive property of any one group! It is still America no matter how skewed we have become in our thinking.

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