In “A World Without Black History” (2016), the best “Decoded” yet on MTV, Chescaleigh takes Chad to a world where there were never any Black people. His grandfather is dead – because there are no pacemakers or open heart surgery. Mobile phones or personal computers are less advanced. On the radio the music is polka, Irish step dancing, crooning and classical. Potato chips do not taste as good. Light bulbs burn out after a few days. Clothes are boring. New York is a boring-ass town. The US ends at the Mississippi River, never to become big food producer or world power.
“Decoded” is MTV’s weekly video short on US racism, featuring Chescaleigh, aka Franchesca Ramsey. She used to make videos about racism on her own, now and then, but with MTV putting her on a weekly production schedule, we get one every week! However, she just joined “The Nightly Show” with Larry Wilmore, so I do not know how many more we will get.
– Abagond, 2016.