"We will NEVER get our stories told if we wait about for Black people to tell 'em. It may have taken a White man 25 years and his OWN money to produce thisBLACK film. But at least SOMEBODY did it!! When a whole lot of other "somebodys" DID NOT!!!"
This is very true. Tragically, American Negroes seem content letting others document their history. Their group indifference and apathy is shocking. Not that there is anything wrong with non-black authors writing or directing documentaries about black history or related subject matter (someone has to do it). But the vast majority of well written scholarly books and documentaries about black people are written by whites –not blacks. Where are the black historians and academians with widely respectable and acknowledged pedigrees? Why are they not the major and leading contributors to literature/documentaries concerning black history? This is a sad and inexcusable narrative about the American Negroes lack of academic interest and desire to research and write about their own history. I’m sure George Washington Williams, Carter G. Woodson and John Hope Franklin are rolling over in their graves.
Many years ago I attended a speech by a great American war hero and the commanding officer of the Tuskegee airman, General Benjamin O. Davis Jr. The crowd was 90% white! Another time I went to see a number of Tuskegee airman speak and the results were the same. There was a white woman who had three small children and she ushered them forward to meet with the former pilots. She said to her children, “Listen, theses are great American heroes. Say hello to them”. The Tuskegee airman, one black woman and I, were the only blacks present. Everyone else was white. What’s wrong with this picture? E’nuff said….