Professor mocks Columbus Day with list of ‘15 most overrated White people’

Oliver Darcy
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A prominent Ivy-League professor denounced Columbus Day and mocked those who celebrate it by releasing a list of individuals he deems are the “15 most overrated white people” on Monday.

Marc Lamont Hill, Associate Professor of English Education at Columbia University, wrote that the holiday is one of America’s “most bizarre cultural rituals” and that he finds it perplexing people “continue to praise the vicious conquistador as a hero.”

Professor Marc Lamont Hill mocked Columbus Day by releasing a list of individuals he claims are the “most overrated White people.”

“To honor the true spirit of Columbus Day, I have created my own list of overrated white people,” he wrote in his article published on the Huffington Post.

The list includes Elvis Presley, Ronald Reagan, Babe Ruth, William Shakespeare, Tim Tebow, among others.

“Elvis didn't write his own songs (despite taking credit for them), barely played the guitar, and was a worse actor than the entire cast of Belly,” wrote Hill.

“Despite being a cheap facsimile of Little Richard, he is still known as the ‘King of Rock 'n Roll.’ Only in America,” he added.

Hill also unleashed on his Democratic allies.

“…Black folk regularly regard [President] Clinton as a messianic figure. He may have been better than Bush, but Slick Willie was far from a savior.”

Other targets of Hill include Donald Trump who is branded by the professor as “racist and dumb” and “the whole NHL,” with an exception for Black player Wayne Simmonds.

Hill hosts the nationally syndicated television show Our World With Black Enterprise and is a regular guest on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News. He describes himself as a “social justice activist and organizer” on his website and one of the “leading hip-hop generation intellectuals.”

Hill could not be reached for comment by Campus Reform at the time of publication.

See his complete list of the “15 most overrated White people” at the Huffington Post by clicking here.

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Oliver Darcy

Oliver Darcy


Oliver Darcy is the Editor of Digital Media at the Leadership Institute’s, where he is tasked with reporting on waste, fraud, and abuse taking place on our nation's college campuses. Additionally, he is responsible for editing the website’s video content and graphic design.

Prior to joining the Leadership Institute, Oliver founded, a video driven website dedicated to exposing the inherent failures found at the core of liberal philosophies.

Oliver holds his bachelors of arts degree in political science, with an emphasis in both International Relations and American Politics, from the University of California at Merced.

On his spare time, he enjoys running and hiking, in addition to watching the Star Wars saga and episodes of House.

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