Dr. David Thomas, president of Morehouse College, speaks to a crowd at the Atlanta University Center Consortium, part of both Morehouse and Clark Atlanta University on Jan. 11, 2022, in Atlanta. Megan Varner for Getty Images
What good are HBCUs if they mirror the anti-Blackness of the US?: The creation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is admirable, writes Patrick Darrington for Prism, but what good are they if institutional leaders choose to routinely stand with white supremacist structures and fail to address the concerns of students, faculties and communities?
"Many students come to [HBCUs] to climb the social ladder, become wealthy, and help the 'Black community' all at the same time," he adds. "This naivete fuels graduates’ belief that they can change inherently racist institutions from the inside. Yet, these same entities destroy Black institutions and movements from the inside-out." The author opens the conversation with Atlanta's escalating Stop Cop City movement — and its response from Morehouse College. Read his argument here.