Last week, the first family announced that Malia Obama would be attending the prestigious Harvard University after completing her one-year gap.
The proud parents of the 17-year-old First lady Michelle Obama and President Barak Obama couldn’t be happier. The legacy of obtaining a Harvard education runs in the family. While positive responses were expected, many were not happy to hear about her admittance into the University, simply because of the color of her skin.
After Fox News covered the story their viewers made none other than horrible, insensitive racist comments about Malia. While they may be offensive and harsh, the reality of racism in 2016 must be acknowledged.
Fox News Post has since deleted their vile comment section. AddictingInfo.com screenshot the comments the haters made.
“I wonder if she applied as a muDslime..or a foreign student..or just a Ni@@er”
“Sounds like black privilege to me.”
“LITTLE APE SHOULD GO TO COLLEGE IN AFRICA”
“Hopefully she gets cancer/aids or one of those colored diseases.”
Allegedly, the comment that received the most “likes” was the one about going back to Africa. It is a wonder why people question the existence of racism in the first place, when it is laid out before our eyes.
This has caused many to encourage Malia to reconsider her Harvard option. Since there are clearly people who do not want the beautiful teenager to attend Harvard (and possibly any other PWI.) Should the question of an HBCU (Historically Black College University) be an option?
Under the higher education act, an HBCU is defined as “any accredited historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans”. Although HBCUs are becoming more diverse, these schools continue to make an effort to not only educate but celebrate African-American success.
HBCU’s are a pillar to the African-American communities. Studies show that blacks that graduate from HBCUs have a higher success rate than blacks who attend PWI’s (Predominate White Institutions).
According to a 2015 study by Gallup, black Americans thrive more financially, emotionally and mentally at HBCUs. The study examined 520 black graduates of HBCUs and 1,758 black graduates of other colleges.
Many “famous” black Americans attended HBCUs including Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison (Howard), Rev. Jesse Jackson (North Carolina A&T), Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam (Spelman) and many more. Why should Malia be an exception?
To ask the question are “HBCU’s necessary in a “post” racial society?” Should not be a question after witnessing one of the most racist response to a young black woman who wants to thrive, succeed, and have the same opportunities as their non-black counter-parts.