Friday, March 05, 2010
Student Protest...Not at HBCU's
Most of my adult life I have yearned for The People to take a stand. A few weeks ago I mentioned to a friend - "I am in the right place - but my mentality and drive are seated in 1960’s rebellion...therefore I am in the wrong era. I should have been on the front lines with the Black Panthers of the world."
When I saw thousands of students shutting down highways, sitting-in at state capitol buildings, and taking over university administration buildings I was pleased. Wanting to be there! And, thinking that the social indictment of today's young people is not completely true e.g. socially irresponsible.
This is what we need: Men and women standing up for what no one can take away, Education. Fighting for what was once considered a crime if you were black, Trying to be Educated.
The recent multi million dollar cutbacks in the United States’ government educational system is an onslaught on the future of this nation.
"What are you without a well-fed brain?" –Mary McLeod-Bethune
It is evident politicians from all walks of life are forgetting where they started:
At a House of Learning
I am proud. I am pleased with the student rebels:
I have said time and time again, "Only in America." Only in America is education devalued so much so that it is sliced and diced up to the point of intellectual bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy is where several HBUC’s have been heading for years. Thankfully, some may have been saved by Obama to Sign Executive Order Supporting HBCUs. Another commitment our president has made to black people. However, what disturbed me as I watched the news last night was the lack of black students in the protesting crowds. To help support my observation I called A & T State University, Howard University, FAMU, Hampton University, and Morehouse College this morning to verify if a student protest occurred on yesterday’s magnificently orchestrated nationwide Day of Protest. As I figured, after I asked, “Were there any student marches/round tables held on campus yesterday to protest state and federal educational cutbacks?” Response: “No”.
Jay-Z concert was well attended by black students nationwide…
These men are so unpleased:
Brian E. Payne loving meaningful civil unrest, deploring my people’s 21st century collective attitude toward education.