Op-Ed: What is Dead Black Celebrity Syndrome?

Posted Oct 4, 2013 by Alexander Baron
Race hustlers often complain about the "under-representation" of blacks in all fields of endeavour, except prison. So what are we to make of this?
On the 12th anniversary of the day the world changed, the Fame10 website published a list of what it called Most Shocking Celebrity Deaths of the Millennium (So Far)! Adherents of Missing White Woman Syndrome might wonder if this is the flip side, ie Dead Black Celebrity Syndrome.
Top of the list is Michael Jackson, and in second place is Whitney Houston.
Doesn't Michael Jackson count as white? Okay, we've all heard that joke before, more than once. Here though is the full list from top to bottom:
Michael Jackson
Whitney Houston
Heath Ledger
John Ritter
Steve Irwin
Cory Monteith
Brittany Murphy
Michael Clarke Duncan
Natasha Richardson
Lisa Lopez
Cory Haim
Amy Winehouse
And in 14th place, last and by all means least, Anna Nicole Smith.
Of the above, no fewer than five were black. Jackson - Houston (who according to someone who knew her should have married Jackson); Michael Clark Duncan; Aaliyah; and Lisa Lopez (in spite of her Hispanic name). What are we to make of this? Do blacks make up nearly a third of the population, of celebrities, or even of dead celebrities? Heck, do people named Cory make up nearly an eighth of the population? All but six of the above were American, two were Canadian, two Australian, and two were from London.
Is it not a fact that more than one person in three on this planet lives in either India or China? Why are there no Indian or Chinese celebrities on this list? Michael Clark Duncan died at the age of 54 from a heart attack; surely his death was no more tragic and a great deal less shocking than that of Bollywood actress Jiah Khan who inexplicably committed suicide at the age of just 25 with the world at her feet? She was not only a stunningly attractive rising star, but she spoke fluent English.
Was race a factor in compiling the above list? Almost certainly not. As it was compiled by an American website it is hardly surprising that it has a heavy US bias, nor that all those listed were native English speakers. Any list of this nature will be subjective; there have been many black celebrities who died without fanfare; unsurprisingly, someone has compiled a list of them. The reality is that human beings are not statistics, and different people grouped by race have different talents, achievements and incomes as both Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams pointed out long ago. Indeed, this division of talents goes much further. Sometimes genius runs in families, other times it doesn't. Some countries or even cities are renowned for certain things. Greenwich Village in New York became a Mecca for musical talent, as did certain areas of London. Paris became a centre of artistic excellence, among other things. These are easy to explain, but others are not so, for example, Pinner, a town that even today has a population of less than twenty thousand was the birthplace of Charlie Dore, Tony Hatch and Elton John. This is not racism or any other ism or privilege. No explanation is necessary, some things just are.