quote:Originally posted by MBM:
I believe that you've mentioned that you would prefer for a college bound African American to go to an HBCU - like Howard or Morehouse etc. You've also been quite articulate about your opposition to affirmative action - to some degree (I believe) because it's a federal program - it's the government interceding on black folks' behalf. Others here have made the argument that any time the government gives something, it can obviously take it away - and that any reliance on our part on a program like this is nonsensical.
Well, here's the question. Since Howard, for example, is a federally chartered institution and is funded - largely - by government grants etc., then isn't - at the end of the day - Howard really no different than AA itself? Sure the environment may be different than other white schools, but if it's not appropriate for the government to act in our behalf for AA, then isn't it pretty much the same thing for them to act in our behalf to fund Howard? Furthermore, would you consider Howard a "black institution", or is it a "white institution for black folks"?
When I talked about the HBCU's, I was speaking in the context of building upon the institutions that may be able to support Black folks who decided to pursue higher education. I was speaking in the context that Black folks use HBCU's and reject the notion that our best, brightest, and gifted scholars must have their scholarship validated by Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, etc... There is no reason why a cure for cancer can't come from a Black student enrolled at Howard Medical. For some reason, our people celebrate Black folks who break color lines and white established racial barriers. And I am saying, we need to move toward a society where white folks are not in the posistion to evaluate our skill sets, qualifications, academic performance, mental health, family and social structures, and what not. We spend too much of our time celebrating the Jackie Robinsons of the world - and not enough time celebrating those who reject integration as a liberating ideology.
Okay... with that said, I see no problem with the federal government funding programs that lead to African empowerment and Black self-determination. The funding Howard gets from the federal government, which is probably miniscule as it relates to the endowments given to the Ivy Leagues, is a good example of the type of money we should accept for the purpose of the collective. AA does not come anywhere near close to how HBCU's use federal funding.