Coming to a Historical Black College and University is a rewarding experience, but most people don’t choose to go because:
1. Being around mainly blacks is a choice they would want to make.
There’s nothing wrong with being in an institution where you mainly see people who are similar to you. It’s give you the comfort of not being the only black student in a classroom among a room full of people who differ from you racially/ethnically.
2. An assumption that HBCUs lack diversity.
People fail to understand isn’t true!!! Black people are not the same! Every black student does not come from the same walks of life. We all differ in some manner. Some people come from the West, Midwest, South, and North, who represents different parts of this country; some people are even from international backgrounds. Not only is there diversity in the large black population at a HBCU, there are people who represent other backgrounds like Asian or Caucasian ( just to list a couple).
3. Money $$$$$
It’s definitely expensive and it’s rough going here for financials reasons when you’re not on scholarship but if you really love a school you would try to make a way
4. Since there are so many black people, it must be “ratchet.”
Look just because it’s a predominately black campus does not make it ratchet! We have fun in a way that’s different from a PWI and that’s something you should mistake for “ratchetness.”
5. It’s not a real representation of the real world.
Just because our student population doesn’t reflect a predominately white institution’s (PWI) population ethnically, does not mean an HBCU does not have the capability of representation of the real world.
BUT if you do make the decision to attend an HBCU, you have made a great choice! You’ll learn more about yourself as a black individual and understand just how beautiful and powerful you are. There’s more to our history beyond the context of slavery, if there’s something you must know OUR HISTORY DID NOT START WITH SLAVERY. They may not teach that in your history class but at an HBCU, you will realize that and OWN IT!
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