I John 2:11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
“With all the reputable Black Colleges that are available, why would our children choose to go to a white school? ” asked the distinguished elderly philanthropist to me.
Sitting listening intently to a gentleman who indeed succeeded against all odds and had served as a successful physician and community activist, I had no counter response to his concerns.
He continued with his personal observation about black students choosing to attend colleges that are predominately Caucasian with no apology.
“I just don’t understand how any young black student would want to go to these schools when we have some great universities of our own. And to think that as soon as they get accepted into these schools, what do they do? They start their own black organizations. That makes no sense!”
This meeting took place back in the summer of 2011.
I was a guest at an awards ceremony and sat next to this eloquently dressed black gentleman that by outward appearance, one would assume he was docile and gentle.
But that was definitely not the case.
And this conversation came about merely by him simply asking me and another guest if we had any school-aged children and what was their academic standing in school.
The guest next to me stated that all her children were adults and working.
But, here I was proudly declaring that my youngest daughter was preparing to go to a school that was not a black college but rather, she chose a university that she believed would fulfill her career goals; but I soon found out that this was not the answer he wanted to hear.
Despite the fact that I also communicated to him that I was a proud alumnus of a black college, he wasn’t interested in anything but trying to bring my child’s decision down to be of no real value.
Sharing this encounter right now has some validity.
Especially, as it shines light on the protests that took placed at the University of Missouri.
The student protests got results but racism, bigotry and hate are internal.
Therefore, unless the heart is changed the mind won’t.
In an ironic development, to say the least, protesters at the University of Missouri (MU) segregated themselves by race Wednesday night, having white students leave a gathering in order to create a “black-only healing space. ”
The gentleman who lamented about black students denying their own colleges and universities to pursue their education elsewhere would probably declare, “they got just what they deserved.”
However, I on the other hand believe that we as humans must accept the choices we make and by doing so, must live with the decisions, regardless if they are good, bad or ugly.
And accepting the outcome is the consequences of our decisions.
It’s that simple.
Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
In Him Alone
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2015 The Year of Our Lord