You can’t make this stuff up, folks. Harvard University, one of the most prestigious and progressive institutions in the U.S., has now deemed it appropriate to host graduation ceremonies for “blacks-only.”
That’s right. After decades of civil rights movements, we’ve apparently come full circle. Either that, or we’ve entered the twilight zone.
According to BET:
“Aside from studying and taking grueling tests, if you’re a minority, the outer pressures of society make the already challenging coursework even more difficult. Knowing this, Black members of the class of 2017 decided to form an individual ceremony. It’s the first of its kind at the school in recent memory and took nearly a year to plan.”
“The separate graduation is an effort to highlight the aforementioned struggles and resilience it takes to get through those.”
Similarly, The Root has reported the following:
“The ceremony comes at a time when the experiences of Black students on college campuses in America have been marked by incidents of overt racism, microaggressions, passive racist comments, and the marginalization of minority experiences in both reading assignments and learning materials.”
However, Michael Huggins, a Harvard graduate student who helped orchestrate the separate ceremonies, told The Root that the segregation “is not about segregation.”
“This is an opportunity to celebrate Harvard’s Black excellence and Black brilliance,” said Huggins. “It’s an event where we can see each other and our parents and family can see us as a collective, whole group. A community.
“This is not about segregation,” he continued. “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.”
You can say this isn’t about segregation all you want, but it segregates…so…
How’s that for progress?