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"Ga. Black Colleges Merger Idea Stirs Resistance"

by lylesg / December 29, 2008 2:52 PM PST

I don't post here that often anymore, but I still like reading the threads and now and again and also getting opinions from this forum, too.

I'm wondering what some of you will think about this article/proposal. Personally, I don't see why we have to continue with the black-vs-white anymore. In Atlanta, three major black univ's exist within a stones throw of each other and their budgets are always over extended and the colleges are always broke. The state as well as private donors have to bail them out continuously and now a state official is proposing that they be combined with other state univ's due to state wide budget cuts and also to finally eradicate all segregation. But, some black leaders are objecting because they want their own identity and they feel that their universities should not have to suffer cut backs along with the rest of the state's dept's.

"Facing a $2 billion shortfall, a Republican state senator has proposed merging two of the historically black schools with nearby predominantly white colleges to save money and, in the process he says, erase a vestige of Jim Crow-era segregation."

"But Harp has stirred a torrent of opposition. Critics of the plan say students who might otherwise not attend college are being educated at the schools. Black students perform better in the black-college setting, experts say, and the dropout rate among African-Americans is lower than at majority white institutions"

In light of equality for all and "..one nation under God..." and our desegregation laws this makes no friggin sense at all to me. Forget state wide budget cuts, why must there be state run black colleges anymore? If we do need this kind of segregation then we might also need not only a black president, but a white president, too. Maybe a Black Wall street. We've already got black banking institutes supporting black enterprises. Some of our black leaders are already proposing that we bring industries back to the US, like shoe making for example and the industry be black owned and operated. I'm not sure we're headed in the right direction at all.
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There's nothing wrong with segregation
by James Denison / December 29, 2008 3:45 PM PST

Nor with integration. The problem is when either of them is forced, or only one side is allowed to have segregated areas in their life. Two evils I've seen in race matters, one was forced segregation, the other was forced integration. Maybe one day we can move toward freedom to enjoy both, according to what each person feels comfortable with.

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In our society how can we have either.......
by lylesg / December 29, 2008 8:29 PM PST

when one "side" or the other will always more. The pretence is that we move away from either of the two.

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