In recent news, we’ve seen some of our most prestigious institutions come under attack for some of their recent decisions. First there was Hampton Institute University, who thought that it was a great idea to choose a white chick as Miss Hampton. Many people had a problem with her entering the competition. I did not have a problem with that because she is a student and should be able to take part in all facets of the university. For the record, I would have had a problem with the winner had she been black. Did you see the letter that she wrote to Obama? Then the second one? She was a complete idiot. Then throw in the fact that she was the first white woman to win this award at a HBCU, it makes it seem that they the staff selected this woman because she was white. I don’t know.
Then you have the Morehouse dress code situation. Morehouse issued a dress code that banned, among other things, women’s clothes. Many people took this as an attack on homosexuality. I did not. I saw it as a move to make sure that their students dressed professionally. No one can argue that a man in women’s clothing is not professional. Now, I agree we may need to redefine what it means to dress professionally; however, according to the standards that are in place now, Morehouse’s dress code is spot on. Furthermore, Morehouse has no obligation to fight the standard (Sure it would be great).
However, this is not what I want to focus on. Due to these actions, the schools have come under fire. Many of the criticisms that the schools have faced are not mean spirited or malicious in intent. They are concerned and poignant criticisms that people are making because the schools are looked to as some of the premiere institutions in the black diaspora. Why cant the alumni see this? Why do the alumni feel that everyone is attacking their schools because we don’t agree? Do alumni feel that their institutions are above critique? You can talk and critique my school til the cows come home. As long as you have actual educated criticisms, I will listen and respond accordingly. Hell, I may even agree with you.
I’ve seen this happen often, that people at HBCU’s defend their schools more vigorously. Is this because they feel they are always attacked? Why cant you allow your schools’ success to speak for itself? Can anyone answer this? I’m not putting any school down, but i just want to know.