A Reader Reports His Students Refer To Ancient Nubians As “African-Americans”
James Fulford’s blog item “African-Americans”, The Oscars, And PC
From Professor Of Mystery [Email him]
James Fulford mentioned 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen being called an “African-American”, when he’s actually from the UK.
I teach art history for my sins. (Funnily enough, Steve McQueen CBE actually started in the art world.) Anyway, I have the students write a compare-and-contrast-on various monuments. One of my favorite assignments is to compare the “Sphinx of Taharqo” [from the Sudan, 680 BC] and Ramesses II statuary.
If I had a dollar for every time the students call King Taharqo an African American I`d be able to retire.
Who knew that the 25th Dynasty rulers, while quite clearly black, were also AA hires!?