The Amazing Racism - Geographical Bigotry

  • Aired:  10/03/11
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Wyatt Cenac uncovers overwhelming evidence that there aren't enough black people making American maps. (4:15)

OVERSIGHTS.

FOR MORE ON THIS STORY WE GOT

TO WYATT CENAC COMING TO US

LIVE FROM TEXAS.

( APPLAUSE )

WYATT, I KNOW YOU GREW UP IN

TEXAS.

IT'S GOT TO BE HEARTFUL AND

HURTFUL AND HURT YOUR HEART TO

BE REMINDED OF THE CASUAL

RACIAL INSENSITIVITY THAT HAS

LONG MARRED THAT STATE.

>> ACTUALLY, JON, I'M NOT IN

TEXAS.

I'M IN YOUR STATE.

I'M STANDING IN FRONT OF

NIGGER LAKE NEW YORK.

WOOO!

(LAUGHING)

>> Jon: SO THAT WAS YOU?

>> I LOVE IT.

>> Jon: I KNOW.

YOU'RE KIDDING, RIGHT?

THAT'S OBVIOUSLY NEW YORK.

WE HAVE THAT IN.

>> IT'S REAL.

UP HERE IN HAMILTON COUNTY.

THE STATE EVEN LISTED IT ON

ITS WEBSITE UNTIL RECENTLY.

YOU CAN SEE WHY.

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL LAKE.

UNLESS YOU'RE A NIGGER.

>> Jon: WOW.

WYATT, I GUESS IT TAKES A

WHILE FOR NAME CHANGES TO GO

THROUGH.

>> HOW LONG DO YOU NEED?

YOU CAN CALL IT ANYTHING.

CAT (BEEP) LAKE.

FART SWALLOW LAKE.

TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES LAKE.

OR HOW ABOUT (BEEP) OVER

THERE?

I MEAN, THE POINT IS EVERYBODY

IS RUSHING TO CONDEMN TEXAS.

SURE, THERE'S A LOT OF RACIST

(BEEP) THAT GOES ON IN TEXAS.

BUT GUESS WHAT.

THERE'S NIGGER HEAD RAPIDS

IDAHO.

NIGGER HEAD POINT FLORIDA.

NIGGER HEAD POND VERMONT.

NIGGER HEAD CREEK NORTH

CAROLINA, GOOD FISHING.

DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE OVER

100 PLACES THAT HAVE BEEN

CALLED NIGGER HEAD IN THIS

COUNTRY.

THERE WAS EVEN A NIGGER HEAD

POINT IN NEW YORK.

IT'S OVER IN WAYNE COUNTY ON

LAKE ONTARIO BUT OUT OF

RESPECT THEY CHANGED IT TO

NEGRO HEAD POINT.

>> Jon: WOW, THAT'S....

>> THEN THEY REALIZED THAT

STILL WASN'T VERY RESPECTFUL

SO NOW THEY JUST CALL IT

GRAVE'S POINT.

>> Jon: GRAVES?

WHO DOES THAT REFER TO?

>> I DON'T KNOW.

PROBABLY SOME NIGGER NAMED

GRAVES.

>> Jon: WYATT, I DON'T KNOW

WHAT TO SAY.

WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT

AMERICA?

>> IT SAYS THERE AREN'T ENOUGH

BLACK PEOPLE MAKING....

>> Jon: PERHAPS WE CAN....

>> IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT

INSULTING BLACK PEOPLE.

THAT RAND McNALLY GUY WAS KIND

OF A RACIST.

WHY ON EARTH WOULD THERE BE

PLACES LIKE CHINK PEAK?

DAGO PEAK?

SQUAW'S HEAD MOUNTAIN?

JAP ROAD.

SPOOK WOODS AND MEXICAN GULCH?

>> Jon: THIS IS EMBARRASSING

FOR AMERICA.

>> JON I DISAGREE.

WHILE AMERICA MAY HAVE A

LEGACY OF INTOLERANCE IT'S

ALSO SHOWN IT HAS THE CAPACITY

TO LEARN FROM ITS MISTAKES AND

TRANSFORM THOSE UGLY FEELINGS

INTO EXPRESSIONS OF OUR

HIGHEST IDEALS.

>> Jon: WOW.

THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL, WYATT.

IT'S SO EASY TO GET CAUGHT UP

IN THE SHAMEFUL PARTS AND

OVERLOOK THE BEAUTY OF THE

COUNTRY.

>> YEAH IT REMINDS ME OF THAT

SONG, "AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL.

"THE LOST VERSES.

SING ALONG.

♪ OH, BEAUTIFUL FOR RIVERS

WIDE ♪♪

♪ AND STRONG LIKE DARKEY

CREEK ♪♪

♪ FOR HALF-BREED HILL AND

DAGO'S NOSE ♪♪

♪ THE SNOW UPON CHINK'S PEAK ♪♪

>> Jon: DON'T DO THAT, WYATT.

>>

♪ AMERICA, AMERICA, GOD SHED

HIS GRACE ON THEE ♪♪

♪ AND KEEP THE BLACKS ACROSS

THE TRACKS ♪♪

♪ FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA ♪♪

>> Jon: WYATT

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