Apparently someone on CNN’s staff did not do their research before asking Professor Jelani Cobb to appear on their network to say blackface isn’t a big deal.
For those not familiar with Cobb’s work, he’s an Associate Professor of History and Director of the Institute for African-American Studies at University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. Cobb is also the author of “The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress” (Walker, 2010)and To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic (2007). Cobb is a contributor to The New Yorker, and writes about race, culture and politics.
Needless to say, Cobb was shocked when CNN asked him to appear:
I ignored the Hough incident — can’t comment on every stupid thing people do — but I did talk to my class about the history of minstrelsy.
— jelani cobb (@jelani9) October 29, 2013
CNN, next time you want to find a black person to cosign some dumb white people stupid shit, you may want to contact someone of a lower intellectual caliber when it comes to race relations and the historical aspect of blackface. Or just get your resident black guy, Don Lemon, to speak on it.