Why HBCU's Will Always Be Relevant
As America was dealing with the tragedies of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Wendy Williams addresses these events, along with the petition circulating to fire Jesse jackson from Grey's Anatomy, becasue of his pro-Black speech on the BET Awards. While stating her opinion on the matter, she made comments about the purpose of historical black colleges and universities (HBCU's) which did not sit to well, not only with her audience, but with many African Americans across the nation, including myself. Williams is known for having her foot in her mouth most of the time, her talk show is nothing but her gossiping and hating on other successful individuals. I honestly do not see the purpose of her even having a talk show, because every time I happen to tune in, I am immediately disgusted with her belittling and making judgments on someone else's lifestyle choices. It is her no-filter personality that allows her to have a following, because I couldn't think of any other reason why a decent human being would ever hold value to anything that comes out of her mouth.
Williams stated, "On the other hand, I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically white college. We have historically black colleges. what if there was the National Organization for White People only? There's the NAACP."
As one can read, Williams and many others like her, do not seem to grasp the concept of giving African Americans an opportunity to an education, so that they can become successful and have a slice of the American dream pie. Obviously Williams missed history class and never understood the purpose of HBCU's. First, there are historically white colleges, they are categorized as PWI's, predominately white institutions and there are way more than 107 of these throughout the United States. Secondly, HBCU's were created, not to segregate blacks from whites (which was already being done), but to allow blacks a chance to receive an education, a right that was continuously denied to us by the government and these PWI's Williams is advocating for. Third, with educational institutions implementing Jim Crow laws and denying blacks admittance (even still in 2016) based on race, it was completely necessary to continue HBCU's and always encourage Black excellence.
As a graduate of the illustrious Bennett College for Women and advocate for African American women rights, still in the year of 2016 I feel it is important to continue the mission of HBCU's. My experience with attending a HBCU is one that I will cherish forever and holds a significant value to the woman I am now and am working towards being in the future. I graduated from a predominately white high school. The area I grew up in is very diverse. I have friends of all backgrounds that attended all kinds of universities. Growing up I always dreamed of to a HBCU, I didn't even apply to any other type of school, because I wanted to be in an environment that is dedicated to helping women like be become successful. I wanted to have the ability to exercise my right to an education with students who shared the same ambitions, skin color and history as me. I do not judge Black students who choose to go to PWI's, but I will feel some way if you think HBCU's are not significant to the Black community.
A degree is a degree, its value does not change because of the institution that awarded it to you. A degree proves you have the educational background to be considered in your distinctive field. it is your experience at these institutions that helps your growth as an individual and how you utilize the tools given to you, to accomplish your goals. Coming to Bennett I had plans to pursue my childhood dreams of becoming a lawyer. After four years, my plans had changed and definitely for the better. I discard who I was a woman, who I wanted to be and my ultimate purpose in life. Bennett College taught me, not only the importance of strong minded, independent, Black women in America, but also how to conduct myself as one. It gave me the opportunity to meet wonderful and driven Black women, who share a lifelong sisterhood with me and showed me the value of Black women in this society.
Carolyn Mahoney, President of Lincoln University of Missouri, wrote an article titled, "The Important Role of HBCU's in American Higher Education," in which she highlighted the major contributions of HBCU's not only in the Black community, but in the higher educational system. Mahoney stated, "There is a strong sense of mission and place shared by all employees, and there is a certain calm yet enthusiastic confidence that they can make a positive difference in the educational lives of men and women. Firmly grounded in their historic missions and significant experiences educating African Americans, many HBCUs currently are providing excellent and affordable educational programs to a broader population reflecting varied social, economic, educational, and cultural backgrounds." Mahoney stressed how involved HBCU's are in the community and how dedicated the institutions are in providing a quality education.
There are things your high school U.S. history class never taught to you, or were watered down to make America seem as though they are incapable of committing crimes against humanity, but we all know that is not true. HBCU's teach Blacks their real history, their origins, their struggles and it gives us the tools to overcome adversity and push through any obstacle. HBCU's give us a foundation to succeed and an opportunity for growth. If I had the chance to do college over, I would chose Bennett College again and again.
Article source: http://www.solutionsforourfuture.org/guest_CarolynMahoney.htm