Jesse Williams’ speech at the BET Awards may have been too good. Because people have been popping up out of the woodwork with their own takes on America’s racial climate as if it were easy. But a lot of them are getting tripped up on a lack of information and confusion. The latest to do just that was Wendy Williams. 

Williams has been the host of her successful talk show for nearly eight years. But the moment that a lot of people outside of her main audience are going to think of came in a recent stance she took on racism and predominantly-black institutions.

“I would be really offended if there was a school known as a historically white college,” Williams says on the air. “We have historically black colleges.”

Well, Wendy, we do. They’re called predominantly white institutions for a reason. So you can go ahead and be offended now. No one’s stopping you.


“What if there was a national organization for white people only?” she continued.

Well, Wendy, there are. Plenty. And, until pretty recently, one of them was called the White House.

Maybe Wendy forgot that some of her viewership comes from BET’s syndicated broadcasts, but Williams stance on HBCUs and the NAACP really didn’t have much of anything to do with Williams’ speech.

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