There’s a general effort in the U.S. to massively inflate the contributions of black inventors in the mind of impressionable children. As I pointed out last year, if you type “American inventors” into Google, you’ll will see pictures of inventors, the great majority of whom are black. Here’s Google’s current Top Ten:
Thomas Alva Edison in 8th place and nine blacks. So it’s hardly surprising that Americans would grow up assuming that if Eli Whitney was an American inventor, the odds are he was also an African American inventor. I mean, didn’t blacks invent practically everything we were taught about in school.