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The Daily Buzz: Historically Black Schools & White Grads (12512 hits)

The hosts of The Daily Buzz dive into the issues of historically black colleges and universities offering scholarships to white high school graduates. Its gets a little heated.
Posted By: Reginald Culpepper
Monday, September 7th 2009 at 12:36AM
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I am a 21 year old Black woman, and I actually agree with the guy at the end. The colleges are "historically" black, and should continue to be labeled that way. That's not to say that they should be "currently" black. Very interesting debate. I am a student at Georgia Tech, a predominately White institution. Tech is down the street from Spelman, Morehouse, and Clark Atlanta, HBCU's. When I visit those campuses, I do feel a sense of Black pride, which I really like, BUT the whole thing is a bit outdated to me. We don't live in an all-Black society. There is little to no diversity at these schools....not at all reflective of modern-day society.
Monday, September 7th 2009 at 4:55PM
Shannon Wilson
Shannon-
Diversity doesn't mean simply black and white. As a graduate of an HBCU I can tell you that it was extremely diverse because African-Americans/ Africans across the diaspora are not monolithic. We are wealthy, middle class and lower income; we are first generation and third, fourth generation college; we are from the south, north, east, west, South America, West Indies, Europe, Asia and Africa. The majority of my friends who attend college with me grew up in predominantly white neighborhoods or attending predominantly white schools. We know how to associate, assimilate and get along with whites. It's not always the reverse.

College is about discovering who you are. How many non-black FRIENDS do you have at Tech? Do you think you will return year after year for Homecoming? My friends who attended predominantly white institutions still hung with African-Americans, return to school for the BLACK homecoming--there is NO diversity in their circles, just in who they sit next to in class.
Monday, September 7th 2009 at 10:24PM
Mrs Jones
I believe HBCUs deserve a prominent place in present and future history. They have served generations of blacks for over a century, providing not just an education but an experience that other institutions do not rival. Even in the future when we as an society become more tolerant of one anothers differences, HBCUs should still be recognized for what they represented. It is a history quite worthy of preserving. Wouldn't it be wonderful if at some point in time college bound students regardless of race/ethnicity would not give a second thought in selecting a HBCU as their college of choice. Whereas I attended a majority institution, my daughter attends a HBCU. I could not be prouder of her rationale for choosing to attend a HBCU. The door is open for all races at these institutions. Its up to the majority to diversify these institutions if they want to prevent segregation. The majority need to research and consider these schools when selecting schools based on their career goals. At the end of the day they are still HBCUs with a rich and worthwhile history. One day there may not be a need, but the recognition and tradition should remain as it would with any majority institution.
Monday, September 7th 2009 at 11:39PM
I believe that the notion of diversity and assimilation has much to do with the bottom line--money. The fact that many HBCU's are not funded equitably, requires other strategies to be implemented in order to survive. Case in point, you have to do what you have to do. As a graduate of an HBCU myself, this experience was by far the most rewarding one I have ever had in my collegiate life, and I will never forget it.
As a nation, we have made great strides to bring about change; though we must remember that we still have a long way to go. Diversity is important, but racisim is still very prevalent in this country. An HBCU must be allowed to maintain its identity and integrity as an African American institution and not be dissolved.

Tuesday, September 8th 2009 at 9:33AM
No one is confused about the "Irishness" of Notre Dame, or it's "Catholicness". That does not mean it has to exclude others. It doesn't but neither does it hide it's roots. This is the future model for HBUC's. Pride and acknowledgement of history but an openness to the larger world to share that story. HBUC history is American history, an American story, no less than the Irish.
Thursday, September 10th 2009 at 2:47PM
I do not believe HBCU's need to offer whites specific opportunities to attend their schools,i.e. grants and scholarships. HBCU's are inatelly populated with diversity due to the nature of diversity amongsts the African American race in general. Clearly whites need to be educated on the whole ideal of Historically Black Colleges. The clip shows the misusnderstanding hence the interchanging "Black Colleges" for Historically Black Colleges". These are not colleges just for Blacks and never have practiced any of those discriminatory practices (which I can't say the same for 'Predominantly and Historically White Colleges"). To the white guy on the panel, you had an equal opportunity to play saxophone in Grambling's band if you were "good" enough, not "black" enough. All he had to do was apply and began the recruitment process as he would for any otherschool. In order to recruit more whites to your school, don't give them handouts, educate them. Blacks have a higher rate of not being able to afford college than whites, save those grants and scholarships for the academically deserving and those in need of financial assitance.
Thursday, September 10th 2009 at 5:08PM
Wow!!!@Miss Pradia! LOVED! LOVED! LOVED your comments!! You hit the nail squarely on the head w/: "To the white guy on the panel, you had an equal opportunity to play saxophone in Grambling's band if you were "good" enough, not "black" enough. All he had to do was apply and began the recruitment process as he would for any otherschool. In order to recruit more whites to your school, don't give them handouts, educate them. Blacks have a higher rate of not being able to afford college than whites, save those grants and scholarships for the academically deserving and those in need of financial assitance."

Amen and couldn't agree MORE!
Monday, October 5th 2009 at 4:24AM
I'm sorry Shannon but I do not agree with your comment. I attend Howard Univeristy (an HBCU) in Washington, DC and I have never been to a more diverse place in my life. I've never met so many people who come from extremely different backgrounds than myself or who don't think the same way I do about most subjects. I believe that you cannot truly say that an HBCU is not diverse from the outside looking in...You have to actually come and experience the education and the different cultures on campus to judge the diversity of an institution.

One last comment.....I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HOWARD UNIVERSITY!!!!!!
Monday, October 5th 2009 at 8:43PM
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