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Greatest African American in history

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Davidson Deac II    4,210

Was it MLK? Muhammad Ali? BHO? Steve Smith? State your choice and post your argument here.

George Washington Carver. He was an African American version of Thomas Edison. A brilliant man who contributed a great deal to Southern agriculture and society.

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pstall    5,759

To avoid some obvious names I will go with Garrett Augustus Morgan. The inventor of the "modern" traffic light.

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rodeo    13,776

too broad of a question. too many great things by too many great people. could you pick the greatest white person? that's kind of a silly question isn't it?

neil degrasse tyson and cornell west are on my list of favorite living people in general.

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Matt Foley    1

too broad of a question. too many great things by too many great people. could you pick the greatest white person? that's kind of a silly question isn't it?

neil degrasse tyson and cornell west are on my list of favorite living people in general.

I could pick the greatest white American. Ronald Wilson Reagan, baby.

I gotta go with my homeboy, Cassius Clay. So sad that Parkinson's has taken away his ability to speak. He really is a great guy, and not just a great athlete. I don't think he had anything for Tyson, though. Ali in his prime and Tyson in his prime? TKO in three.

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Coach C    2

George Washington Carver. He was an African American version of Thomas Edison. A brilliant man who contributed a great deal to Southern agriculture and society.

I agree with this assessment.

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bredy087    21

I dont think a sports figure should be in the running for greatest African American, there are so many others that have done a lot for the advancement of their people. MLK has to be up near the top for me.

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King Taharqa    322

IMO, the only sports figure who should be considered is Jackie Robinson. My vote would go to either Marcus Garvey or MLK. The greatest black man in history is the real King Taharqa. :cool:

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Davidson Deac II    4,210

IMO, the only sports figure who should be considered is Jackie Robinson. My vote would go to either Marcus Garvey or MLK. The greatest black man in history is the real King Taharqa. :cool:

I would add Jesse Owens to the list of sports figures considered.

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Matt Foley    1

I dont think a sports figure should be in the running for greatest African American, there are so many others that have done a lot for the advancement of their people. MLK has to be up near the top for me.

Ali transcended sports.

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StepandFetch    17

its funny how we still use racial labels when talking about many of the men and women who worked their whole lives to promote a world where people would be described according to character, not with labels of color or ethnic origin.... African American/ black/ *****/ gay... over American.. or human being...

labeling is simply the naming of groups of people. Seeing a population as a variety of groups is collectivism- it holds the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups- rather than individuals- and collectivism encourages the judgement of large numbers of people, and this often leads to the ugly form of collectivism- racism. When humans are seen in groups and not as individuals, they can not be judged in the context of character or any ethic or virtue. America was founded as a republic of individuals. Men like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton encourage the group mentality... and they aren't alone, but they are often the most vocal. These advocates of so- called "diversity" actually perpetuate ( and profit) from racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racist.

I'm just saying, if you are going to use the labeling of different people, then you should

know that you yourself are perpetuating the problems that men like MLK and Frederick Douglass devoted their lives to stop.

by the way, Obama, himself, stated that "We are no longer a collection of individuals."

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