For the first time in the history of Harvard University, there is going to be a separate graduation ceremony that is only open to black students. There were more than 125 graduate students who raised the money needed to pay for the event and reception celebration, and now it’s happening.
They will be holding a ‘blacks only’ ceremony and attending the main graduation ceremony as well…it must be their definition of equal rights. That what segregation is ALL about yes? Equal rights?
Of course not, but try telling a bunch of students who were raised to believe that their lives are unfair to them because of “white privilege” and they deserve the right to pick and choose the laws they will abide by, and do stupid things like this as long as it’s all in the name of social justice.
The problem is, if the tables were turned, it would be a completely different story. Just imagine it, Harvard makes the announcement that they will be holding a graduation ceremony for ONLY their white students.
They would be acting like the sky was falling doing everything in their power to make all our lives miserable until they got their way, or worse…held a march or something with vaginas on their heads. But instead it’s not white people, it’s them…so this is their reaction:
“The students are excited and have put a lot of work into this,” Michael Huggins, who is set to graduate this year with a master’s degree in public policy, told The Root. “Too often at Harvard, there is not cross-discipline contact between black students. So it can feel like you are the only person of color.”
“At this graduation, we can show each other and the administration that we are here, we are strong and we are not going away,” Huggins said.
Courtney Woods, who will graduate from Harvard University this year with a master’s degree in education policy and management, told The Root that “it speaks volumes” that there has never been a graduation ceremony of this type before. Woods, citing the past struggles of black students and their ability to overcome those obstacles, also stated:
Harvard’s institutional foundation is in direct conflict with the needs of black students. There is a legacy of slavery, epistemic racism and colonization at Harvard, which was an institution founded to train rising imperialist leaders. This is a history that we are reclaiming.
“As a first-generation [college student], I know I am here to change the trajectory for all of us,” she said.
So as described by Huggins, the blacks-only ceremony is going to be a time to celebrate “black excellence” and “black brilliance” BUT of course, it’s wrong to suggest that is has anything to do with segregation from other students of the University who are not black.
“This is not about segregation. It’s about fellowship and building a community. This is a chance to reaffirm for each other that we enter the work world with a network of supporters standing with us. We are all partners,” Huggins said.