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.