Dear Wendy Williams,
I have respected your career and looked up to you for being a fearless, outspoken, successful black woman in media for many years but I must say I was incredibly disappointed by your recent comments following Jesse Williams' powerful speech at the BET Awards. I'd like to take a moment to address your confusion about Historically Black Colleges and the NAACP. It is appalling that someone with your platform would choose to perpetuate this rhetoric given the current socio-political climate. It is irresponsible of you to be so ill-informed about your people's history and to speak on it to such a huge audience.
To answer your questions:
Why are there Historically Black Colleges, but no Historically White Colleges?
There are Historically White Colleges, we just don't refer to them as such. They are called the Ivy League. In fact, any college or university dating back to the 1960's that is NOT historically black IS historically white. During this time period bright, ambitious, qualified young black men and women were being discriminated against by these schools, making it damn near impossible for them to access a higher education. HBCU's were born out of necessity. Born out of black communities creating for themselves what the system refused to afford them. Born out of bright young black men and women refusing to tap out when existing organizations refused to acknowledge them, their achievements, and their aspirations. If they won't share, we'll make our own. That is why we have Historically Black Colleges, and that is why it is important that we continue to refer to them as Historically Black Colleges. These colleges have also always allowed people of all races to attend which is not the case with their counterparts.