I want to start this “rant” if you will with a very clear disclaimer: I am not here to care about nor coddle your feelings on the topic. This work will be served regardless. Let’s continue.
In my quick recollection of Black Students attending PWIs but claiming their school is just like an HBCU, in the last 5 years I can think of Towson University, UNC — Chapel Hill, University of Houston, and now Georgia State & Georgia Tech.
So with those students — and black students at other PWIs — making those comparisons in mind, here is a crash course to fix their stupid.
What Does the ‘HB’ in HBCU mean?
In short: If your school ain’t let Black folks in to educate them from day one, you don’t attend an HBCU.
Your School’s BSU doesn’t stand for Black Student University.
How can you claim the HBCU title, while slandering HBCUs?
How exactly is your school an HBCU? What are you claiming as the criteria? If you take away the Black Greekdom & Black Student Union Created events, what exactly gives you the feel that you attend an HBCU? Does your PWI have the negative characteristics you believe are exclusive to black schools too? To claim your PWI is an HBCU while expressing disparaging remarks about actual HBCUs is the equivalent to Rachel Dolezal talking about what’s wrong with Black women.
This is not a post to slander or talk badly about PWIs. I’m a fan of people, especially Black people, gaining an education in any form. Those of us that graduated from HBCUs are very protective of our institutions, as we should be. People often don’t understand what the HBCU experience is that makes it unique to our institutions. You will never hear an HBCU student say their school is like a PWI or an unofficial PWI. Student populations don’t matter; Georgia State having a predominately black student body doesn’t make it an HBCU any more than West Virginia State University’s predominately white student body make it a PWI. It’s deeper than demographics, it’s deeper than the turn ups.
Be proud of your school, your education, your experience without belittling or trying to change the narrative of the experiences of others. At this point, your views are the result of your own choice to be stupid. Do better, it’s for yours and everyone’s betterment.