Talk show host Wendy Williams went out on the wrong limb while discussing the active petition against Grey’s Anatomy star, Jesse Williams. Saying, Jesse’s apparently in hot water for people calling him a racist after his BET Awards speech.
“National speeches like this will always rub people the wrong way just like white people will be offended because Spelman College is a historically Black college for women. You might feel funny about that. I know I’d feel funny, like I just told you. If there was a white college or whatever.”
Are you serious lady??????
Jesse’s no more in hot water than she is with an active petition carrying only 17,000 signatures and a boss, Shonda Rhimes publicly coming to his defense; this petition is already dead in the water. Not to mention his speech should have only offended offenders. What’s wrong with speaking out against police misconduct. Everyone should be outraged including white people, right?
But what really struck a nerve was Wendy’s comments about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); in particular, with those graduates like me who were fortunate enough to have had the experience.
“I must say to you, he was on BET. His speech was very poignant. On the other hand, I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically white college. We have historically Black colleges. What if there was the National Organization for White People, only? There’s the NAACP.”
How ignorant is that?
There’s no need for white institutions to be officially classified as Historically White Colleges or Universities as history is a good indicator and they are very-much understood to be.
HBCUs were started out of necessity after the Civil War primarily to help educate black students who were denied access to predominately white institutions. They have always allowed admissions to non-black students in fact, Morehouse College had a white valedictorian this year.
So let’s be clear; is having a black majority the real issue? We already know it makes some people uncomfortable but must it be our own as well?
Someone’s feeling mighty inferior and touching up on Black History may help!
Tags: Wendy Williams, Jesse Williams, BET Awards, HBCUs, Shonda Rhimes