As the nation celebrates Black History Month, a viral video that has become a hit on YouTube demonstrates that much work needs to be done to educate American college students on the subject.
Dave Ackerman, who works as a stand-up comedian, donned blackface and went out on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and interviewed students on Black history. While it is impossible to determine whether those students presented on the video are representative of the student body or are simply a small minority of all students interviewed, the video clearly shows a significant level of ignorance and racism. One student said he celebrated Black History Month by “eating fried chicken and drinking grape juice.”
Ackerman said his purpose in making the video was to fight ignorance. During the course of his shooting the video, Ackerman said only three students commented on the fact that he was a White man in blackface. This fact he said, “was disturbing.”
Here is the video. It has been viewed more than 640,000 times on YouTube.