Marley Dias made waves by starting #1000BlackGirlBooks and has tuned it into many more opportunities and accomplishments. Now another 11-year-old in Missouri is carrying the torch.
What’s so appealing about slavery that half-baked imitations of it keep appearing in our schools? Initially, the problem came up whenever a mostly white high school or a white HBCU professor held mock slave auctions. Now, an elementary school in New Jersey is dealing with the backlash of thinking it was a good idea to have students draw slave auction posters.
Once again, the Wake County Public School System is being called out for the racism displayed by its students. The first incident came after a Black student was initially suspended for 10 days after responding to months of racist verbal assault. The latest incident involves three eighth graders.
An unnamed white professor at Howard University is being accused of taking time in class to hold a mock slave auction and using a Black student as an example of the inhumane treatment slaves would be put through.
By: Jared A. Loggins
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are in peril; crippled by, among many things, a system of unequal funding distribution at the state and federal level. HBCU administrators went to the White House last week keenly aware of this. They also know—or at least, they should know—that to enter a meeting expecting something noble and respectful, like a deep commitment to helping vulnerable Black institutions, is a pipe dream given this White House’s open hostility toward racial difference. The meeting was doomed before it began.
Chance the Rapper, a proud product of Chicago Public Schools, was noticeably flustered this past Friday after meeting with Ill. Governor Bruce Rauner regarding funding for the school system.
Many of the most well-respected institutions in the United States have a history deeply connected to slavery. Harvard University, which many consider to be the pinnacle of higher education, has taken a commendable step towards a better future by acknowledging its own connections to slavery.
For years, Rihanna has used the Clara Lionel Foundation to help make the world a better place for everyone by donating to charities and helping foster more community resources. As a result of all of her hard work, she was recently named Harvard’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award.
HBCUs were started because there wasn’t anywhere else for Black students to enroll due to segregation and racism. This is a commonly known fact among the general public. Unfortunately, the new Secretary of Education, who’s often criticized for being unqualified, wasn’t aware of this.
Despite the United States’ Black population’s overwhelming disapproval of President Donald Trump and his policies, he’s still trying to win us over.
His latest attempt came when he met with the leaders of over a dozen different historically black colleges and universities in the Oval Office on Monday.