• Atlanta Blackstar Falls for Hoax Prank on Racist Textbook

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    According to its website, Atlanta Blackstar is a “narrative company” that publishes “narratives intentionally and specifically to enlighten and transform the world.”

    Its latest salvo is titled, “7 Inappropriate (and Often Racist) Moments in Textbooks.

    It’s a fairly straightforward piece about how some text books contain “cringeworthy” content about black people.

    The first item on Atlanta Blackstar’s naughty list is titled “‘America’s First N***** President.’”

    However, there’s just one problem: the source the writer cites is National Report, which is a well-known spoof and hoax website. Snopes.com describes National Report as a “fake news site that publishes sensational, made-up stories.”

    Sadly, it’s not hard to find a few examples of ignorance and racism in a textbook. But did the author and editor(s) of this list not do any fact-checking before deciding to publish this article?

    What remains of Atlanta Blackstar’s other 6 examples of inappropriate and racist text book moments appears to be a mashup of examples of passages found in several different pseudoscience and history text books from across the county.

    But again, this article points to episodic examples from some bad actors. That is not evidence of an overly racist American educational system.

    For decades, excepting a recent spike, 95 percent of black and white Americans said they didn’t think “race relations” or “racism” was a major problem in America according to Gallup polling.

    Narratives are important. And yes, bad apples do exist. But the first item on Atlanta Blackstar’s list promotes a rather false narrative.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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