The stats in my tweets above on HBCUs came from the article Historically Black Colleges In Financial Fight For Their Future on AlJazeera America. There’s a lot of complex issues involved and the article presented some. While it presented the problem of White supremacy, racism, and capitalism as major foes for HBCUs, it still seemed to suggest that removing fraudulent people at some of the schools and better marketing would fix it all. That’s an issue, where systemic inequality is recognized (and it is surprising that it even was in this post; I was expecting hard core individualized victim blaming) but the solutions provided are individualistic and “free market” related, instead of critical solutions.
These stats matter. Obviously HBCUs aren’t just culturally and socially rich places within Black culture and larger American culture; they’re producing. And when comparing HBCUs to PWIs, people refer to PWIs as “respectable institutions” which makes me cackle; I attended them. There’s nothing respectable there beyond what advantages they have because of White supremacist capitalist patriarchy, although PWIs do have Black students too, not just HBCUs, and the former can’t be ignored either.
It’s also interesting how every HBCU is regularly measured to Ivy league schools yet non-Ivy tier 1, lower tier state schools, private schools and for-profit schools that are PWIs are not. (And I don’t mean the ranking system via U.S. News Education etc. that ranks all schools; I mean socially and contextually.) The usual standard that to be Black and exist requires meeting standards even most other Whites don’t have to meet remains.
And I know the history of many of the schools, that wealthy Whites started many of them, so I really do not need the derailment here by Whites. And I know many Whites hate these institutions and will do ahistorical false equalization that measures up to "well why isn’t there a White Entertainment Television channel?" which ignores the role of Whiteness and the scope of White supremacy in our society, which fosters inequality.
I wish the best for HBCUs ❤. Obviously they are not perfect. There’s social issues that impact some of them from hair politics/the politics of respectability, to colourism, to paternalism (which are all outgrowths of reaction to White supremacy and racism) regarding rules for students and other issues that also affect PWIs. Even so, to ever see them completely gone one day would be unfortunate and painful for many people.
(See the article, but yeah, the Ty Couey person I quoted is the president of the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Alumni Associations.)