Recently, Larry Watson saw proof in one of the college classes he teaches that Black History Month was needed more than ever.
“I asked the students in my class whether they knew who their Senate representative was,” said Watson, who teaches music and sociology at three colleges in Boston. “No one knew. And when I asked who was Sen. Edward Kennedy — the most activist senator in our country — the only thing most of my students could say was that he was fat and that he was drunk…”
Don’t blame the students, Prof. Watson. I have lived in Massachusetts for over 25 years, and while I knew that the senior senator from my state was fat and drunk, I never knew he was black.