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Trump Administration To Tackle Affirmative Action And Keep White Women Out Of College

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While eating a bowl of fruit last week, the now 20-month-old Feminist Octopus was so upset by a blueberry that dropped on the floor that she refused to eat the rest of the fruit. Which made her more upset an hour later, because she was hungry. Which we solved by giving her that same refused and blueberry-deficient bowl of fruit from an hour earlier. Which she ate, of course. Because baby.

I thought of her this morning when learning that Darth Cheeto plans to have the Justice Department look into and possibly end affirmative action in college admissions; the latest attempt to reverse a policy that many very stupid (White) people believe props Black people up by planting our Timberlands on hard-working White people’s necks. It, like literally everything else Donald Trump has done and said in the last 18 months, is an unambiguous dog whistle to his base, who seem to believe that niggers are running free in the city — eating chicken in late model Cadillacs and using free government cell phones to order crack and White women from Seamless — while good White folks foot the bill. To them, cutting affirmative action would mean that (plantation) daddy is home, and the darkies have a curfew. And they’re so happy to end these non-existent free rides for Blacks that they’re willing to throw White women under the bus too.

From “Affirmative Action Has Helped White Women More Than Anyone

While people of color, individually and as groups, have been helped by affirmative action in the subsequent years, data and studies suggest women — white women in particular — have benefited disproportionately. According to one study, in 1995, 6 million women, the majority of whom were white, had jobs they wouldn’t have otherwise held but for affirmative action.

Another study shows that women made greater gains in employment at companies that do business with the federal government, which are therefore subject to federal affirmative-action requirements, than in other companies — with female employment rising 15.2% at federal contractors but only 2.2% elsewhere. And the women working for federal-contractor companies also held higher positions and were paid better.

Even in the private sector, the advancements of white women eclipse those of people of color. After IBM established its own affirmative-action program, the numbers of women in management positions more than tripled in less than 10 years. Data from subsequent years show that the number of executives of color at IBM also grew, but not nearly at the same rate.

None of this should be a surprise to anyone who knows anything about this particular grade of Whiteness. It allowed a man whose policies will hurt them more than they’ll help them become President just because those same policies might hurt Black and Brown people too. The entire contemporary conservative agenda is driven by this unstoppable and unstoppably White compulsion to cut off their noses to spite their faces. And now, if affirmative action is ended, the Abigail Fishers of the world — hoping, wishing, and praying that the universe considers and treats their half-empty bottle of backwashed Aquafina-ass asses like a case of LaCroix — will have even less opportunity to show the world to Eat, Pray, and be Average as fuck.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • Michigan already has a ban on using race as criteria for public college admissions.
    It will go nationwide sooner or later.

    • Cheech

      Google Ward Connerly.

  • cedriclathan

    I never dreamed that I’d be living my parents lives all over again. This clown ? show is setting back all the gains they marched for. I hope y’all got some comfortable shoes. Let the marching commence.

    • Tam

      Not surprised. When a lot of 45s supporters were asked when was America great (run up to elections ) answers were all pre civil rights

      • O_o

      • Uncle Remus

        Post WWII is the go to ‘golden age’ in the American fantasy. Victorious in war, industry humming, suburbs booming, women kicked back out of the workplace to be knocked up and knocked around, plenty of uppity Black veterans to lynch; it was a beautiful time to be alive.

    • Rastaman

      Unfortunately this was needed, we had too many Ninjas out here talking bout post racial this and post racial that….claiming they libertarian or some other BS acting like Jim Crow died in the Revolutionary Wars.
      “Both parties are the same” “The lesser of two evils”.
      Yeah!!

  • TheUnsungStoryteller

    We are continuing to go back in time…smh

  • Uncle Remus

    This cat might be the best thing to happen to HBCU enrollment numbers in decades. I know that, were I looking at undergrad for myself now and as I look at schools for my youngins and the young people whom I serve, I simply cannot endorse a non-HBCU for children of the global majority. I don’t want anyone to have to deal with that level of aggression on a daily basis in addition to the challenges of being an apprentice adult.

    Morehouse, Howard, Hampton, Spelman, CAU, VSU, NSU, NCA&T, Fisk and on and on. I truly don’t understand why folks go to PWIs

    • The Drumpf victory will probably get more parents to tell their kids to look in to HBCUs.

    • mr. steal your costco samples

      gotta harden them up man

      • Uncle Remus

        Nope. This is not good educational theory. People cannot learn effectively when under stress or in fear. Instead of ‘hardening’ children, build them to be grounded and flexible, give them practiced responses and reservoirs of strength and support and then send them into battle.

        • D-Nice

          Yeah, even as someone who attended PWI college and grad school, I’d agree. You sometimes hear that argument – HBCUs insulate minorities from “the real world” since they’re not learning to deal with white/majority BS. But, most people I know who attended HBCUs have a unique layer to their confidence that more than makes up with not having to deal with being the minority specifically during college. And, let’s be honest – it’s not like black people don’t have ample opportunities outside of college (including during their college years) to confront white BS and learn to deal with it. That HBCU students get an occasional break from it doesn’t mean they still don’t face it often and learn to deal with it.

          • Monica Harris

            Thanks for this. We live in a country where white people are the majority. HBCUS are, like you said, a nice break and an opportunity for a unique experience

        • mr. steal your costco samples

          who the ish said it was good theory. it’s a prevaiiing school of thought.

    • PinkRose

      “I truly don’t understand why folks go to PWIs”.

      Your understanding is NOT required. All you need to know is that some of us dominate in EVERY space we choose to enter educationally.

      • Uncle Remus

        Don’t doubt it and didn’t intend it as an attack. I know that, while in middle and high school, I was in a very obvious minority and under constant attack. I left (early and after being encouraged to switch to VocEd) for the AUC and it was a different world (yes, i did that on purpose). It was wonderful to not have to constantly be the other in the classroom. If you want to go to a PWI, I wish you well and send my prayers along with you in all seriousness and earnestness.

        • PinkRose

          I can understand your personal experiences causing you to feel a certain kinda way about PWIs. And let me be clear,I had some of those SAME experiences when I initially attended my first PWI.

          I just don’t feel statements like yours does ANY of us any good as a group as there just aren’t enough of us, especially Black men, attending colleges in the first place.

          FWIW, I had the distinct blessing of having attended an HBCU (FAMU as a visiting student) AND PWIs. And while my experiences were VERY different overall, no one was any better than the other.

          • Uncle Remus

            Cool; thanks for the push back. Black students graduate from HBCUs at higher rates than they graduate from PWIs and poor and working class Black students do so at a MUCH higher rate. If one of the concerns is getting more Black folk with a BS or a BA, then HBCU promotion is still a better investment. Again, I don’t advocate closing Black kids off from PWIs, I just advocate advocating for HBCUs.

            • PinkRose

              No doubt, MANY students who attend HBCUs other than the top 10 or so, would have NO shot at a college education if HBCUs didn’t exist. That’s why I advocate for them too.

              I just wish folks would major in something other than Psychology (with significant debt) at those lower ranked HBCUs. And please spare me the 1 in 1,000,000 graduate with that degree working as a Manager at Vanguard.?

        • Yahmo Bethere

          I’m a Spelman grad. It’s not so serious. I declined Wellesley (and an awesome state school) b/c I need a break. PWI for the JD.

          I don’t think kids who grew up in NY, Chicago or the DC suburbs would be well-served by HBCUs. They need to be blooded in somewhere.

          • Uncle Remus

            “I’m a Spelman grad.”

            Hey, sis. Which dorm freshwoman year?

            “I don’t think kids who grew up in NY, Chicago or the DC suburbs would be well-served by HBCUs. They need to be blooded in somewhere.”

            What do you mean?

    • grownandsexy2

      There are SOME black folks who attend PWIs because they believe the white man’s juice is sweeter. Sadly, I know some. Then there are some who go because that’s where they got a scholarship/full ride.

      • Uncle Remus

        Money is a real factor, true.

        • Sigma_Since 93

          and endowments. I remember back when I was in school, I would road trip to Shaw frequently. Shot out to the boys from Iota Chapter. I remember one tender Roni saying I’m paying a premium for sub par conditions. I could attend NC State and have better amenities for 1/4 of what I’m paying to go here.

        • KeciB

          I’ve attended both PWIs and an HBCU. I attended college in Tennessee at a PWI for a year, until I realized they were insane and 90% the women were there looking for husbands not degrees. I then transferred to a school back home to be close to family and because i got free paid tuition in Louisiana. When it came to law school, I was accepted to Harvard but chose to attend Howard and surround myself with highly educated black people.

          • NonyaB?

            LOL @ “I attended college in Tennessee at a PWI for a year, until I realized they were insane”!

            • KeciB

              My roommate was white and left after a semester. I should have known then that they were a special brand of crazy.

      • Sigma_Since 93

        If Mrs. SS93 could fathom Jr being so far away for school, I would have loved to send him to Morehouse for film school. He could have supplemented the tuition by playing golf for the team.

        • grownandsexy2

          Two of my neighbors’ grandsons got full rides to Morehouse and one of my granddaughter’s friends was salty cause he got accepted to Morehouse and wanted her to attend Spelman.

    • Valerie

      I went to a PWI because I got a full ride scholarship and couldn’t afford to go out of state for my education. The PWI I attended also had a very good technology program. My family all attended HBCU’s and honestly, I wasn’t sure if I was going to go or what my future would have been. I didn’t research nor care enough to, I was happy to be accepted into college. (Finally a college told me Yes was my thinking.) I did want to go to Grambling at one point.

      That being said, I do not agree with the divisiveness of where one attended college. I’m happy and proud to see my people graduate with degrees no matter which school they attended.

      [Disclaimer: It is not my intent to offend anyone with the following question. In no way am I being shady or attacking anyone ones choices. I am asking to know what are other people views as I did not attend an HBCU]

      I am curious as to how do you (people who comment on this blog and attended an HBCU) feel about some of the HBCU leaders that defended Trump and attended his meeting at the white house. Were they misinformed of his policies?

      • Simms~

        You are killing me with these new disclaimers on every response.

        • Tam

          She explained why and i dont blame her

          • Simms~

            I know she did but it’s still strange to see now. I get why she’s doing it though.

            • Tam

              Some persons i will ask to clarify others Ill let slip

        • Valerie

          LOL girl I am not playing anymore. I have gotten attacked and now that the disclaimers are here, people can’t say they didn’t know where I was coming from. I am giggling typing them out though lol

          • Simms~

            I hear you and I giggle as soon as I see them as well.

            • Valerie

              I’m a very extra person lol

          • Kas

            You are really messing up my troll game with these disclaimers.

            • Valerie

              Good.

      • Uncle Remus

        I understood the institutional obligation to attend to an invitation from the President of the United States and appreciated the clear repudiation that Morehouse’s then-President gave in the aftermath. I think that they, like many, couldn’t believe that he would actually do the things he’s done, even though he said he would. They expected a classic American politician with the quid pro quo that entails to get some new dribs and drabs for HBCUs; he ain’t even give them that.

        As for the ones defending him, I honestly don’t know. I’m still confused by anyone defending him.

        • Valerie

          My only argument are I think the HCBU leaders so have not entertain the president at all. They knew what he stood for.

      • PriceIsRightHorns
        • BrothasKeeper
        • cedriclathan

          That seems so far away now. If only we knew that was nothing compared to what was to come.

          • esa

            we would be wise to apply that lesson to the present ..

          • PriceIsRightHorns

            All of that lip service for nothing. He pledged to support HBCUs, yet a couple of months later he cut over $1.5 billion from federal financial aid programs (including work study). These cuts will affect low-income students at HBCUs and the schools will take a substantial financial hit.

        • Valerie

          LOL he looks like why am I here.

          • Uncle Remus

            He looks like he just noticed the camera and didn’t know there would be pictures.

            In the words of the great Negro poet, O’Shea Jackson: “So we ran jumped drove swam crawled hid / Oh lord god forbid / My homies see me at the motel / Cause those fools would love to just go tell”

            • Valerie

              He looks like he just noticed the camera and didn’t know there would be pictures.
              Troll on. This is Trump, everything he does is for a photo-op.

      • Deeds

        As a Howard alum, I hated it. I wanted to knock some common sense into them. However, I figured since many of them depend on aid from the feds, I figured they thought it was a necessary evil. Still hated it though.

        • Valerie

          Thank you Deeds. I agree :-)

    • HBCUs aren’t strong in everything, and the reasons behind it aren’t necessarily tied to racism. HBCUs, like any other school, makes priorities to be strong in certain subjects, and the truth is that HBCUs, for a variety of historical and financial reasons, suck in certain fields. If you want to argue for more reinvestment to give Black students more options in a socially acceptable environment, that’s great, and I’d support it. That said, George Washington Carver went to Iowa State, and was able to teach fine at Tuskegee.

      • Uncle Remus

        Gotcha. Not being facetious, truly curious as I continue to serve young people: did you look at schools in your chosen field on the Continent or in the Caribbean?

        • The thing the program I went to school for was so brand spanking new at the time that few schools had it. This wasn’t necessarily a knock on the Caribbean as much as a particular interest. That said, I do understand the larger point you’re making.

      • Valerie

        I ultimately decided on a PWI because I knew I wanted to be in the technology field and wanted to come from a good program. It had nothing to do with wanting white acceptance. Also I got rejected by TSU, Wiley and both PV, my grades were low. The PWI accepted me because they saw my passion for technology and my portfolio. I also was not interested in leaving my state either. Out of state fees are HIGH

    • Alessandro De Medici

      Lol y’all make it sound like those of us who go to PWIs are out here dodging mines everyday.

      https://media.tenor.com/images/47f15e3aa8d90d5a6b02a1c3f3566eb9/tenor.gif

      • Uncle Remus

        Did PWIs for grad school. I grew up in SC and GA and, outside of police interactions, never felt as absolutely cold in reaction to open racism as I did in a Georgetown University classroom.

      • Valerie

        [Disclaimer: This is my experience in no way am I saying this is everyone experience]

        Since I attended and worked at a PWI, I learned I was sheltered and didn’t know how the world really worked. I learned more about subtle racism and colorism than I ever did at any of the black schools I attend (kindergarten to high school) but honestly I am glad I learned these lessons early.

        I came across different races, cultures, and religions and I had to how to deal with them. Learned that Republicans really do exist. I QUICKLY learned that it is true, you have to work 5 times harder than other races. I also learned the value of CYA and always have receipts. My brother who attended HCBU for undergrad and grad did not learn these valuable lessons until he got to the workforce and he still struggles today.

        • Yahmo Bethere

          *nods vigorously*

          See my response to Alessandro.

        • Lisss

          What is CYA?

        • mr. steal your costco samples

          A MIGHTEE WORD

    • 1) Didn’t want to go to school in the south.
      2) State school (PWI) was/is one of the best in the nation.
      3) State school was also where one of my parents went for grad school.
      4) Related to #3, was never any doubt from about age 7 as to where I was going to college

    • miss t-lee

      “I truly don’t understand why folks go to PWIs”

      There’s like a bajillion reasons why.

      • cedriclathan

        One being, not wanting to either go away or send your child away. Most of us on the west coast would have to weigh the cost of either travel or not seeing your child.

        • Uncle Remus

          You know, I always forget the geographic lack of availability of HBCUs for Black folk out west. I’ve got one in school only 2 or 3 hours away and it feels like something is missing ALL THE TIME. I’ll bow to this reasoning.

          • cedriclathan

            Even within CA, my daughter was in Southern CA and that was an 8 hour drive just to visit.

          • DiamondIsMyRealName

            This rarely dawns on me as well… I live in NC and i have at least 6 HBCU’s all within a 3 hour drive. That sucks.

            • Uncle Remus

              11 in NC. Only state with more is AL with 13 HBCUs. One of the frequent conversations within the anti-racist movement has been whether the fight against separate but equal should have focused more on the equal and less on the separate. The states where racism was both de facto and de jure have HBCUs. The ones where the racism was slicker but still deadly don’t have HBCUs.

              • DiamondIsMyRealName

                oh I know there are more, those 6 just happened to come up first in my mind that are close enough for a day trip for me in comparison to @cedriclathan:disqus on the west coast who doesn’t have 1 let alone 6 within a reasonable driving distance.

        • miss t-lee

          Indeed.

        • miss t-lee

          I can definitely understand this.
          Major factor.

        • Yahmo Bethere

          I went to an HBCU. My buddies from Seattle and Tacoma had $1400 tickets and never went home for Thanksgiving. LA and Bay Area had it a little easier.

          I could do a 6-hour drive or 2 hr. plane ride.

      • Uncle Remus

        I know. This is less of a policy statement than a shout of exasperation at the state of the country. I don’t REALLY want to have the Southeastern US secede as a Black State, but every once in a while I do feel like throwing up my hands and walking away from these folks.

        • miss t-lee

          I mean, secede if you must.
          However, I ain’t moving. My family roots are long as heyll here.

          • Uncle Remus

            Nah, we here and ready for the long fight. I just get frustrated sometimes.

            • miss t-lee

              Understandable.

    • Detroit Skater

      *nodding head* i had the same thought…

    • Jetamors

      There was no HBCU offering the major I wanted.

  • PinkRose

    Personally, I don’t think it’s wise to get too caught up in “dog whistle” politics.

    So many of us are in “unique spaces”, we just need to take note that this is going on, then double down on our “grinds” and goals.

  • Janelle Doe

    Welp.
    Lean in to that…

  • La Bandita

    Too many wyte people articles… Overload! Overload! Listening to Otra Cosa with Daddy Yankee…

  • Every day, a new nightmare with this administration. And this isn’t even being guided by some deliberate intelligence, but by the basest hungers of 45’s gut.

    It’s also not just him. I think any Republican who was elected president would pursue these policies. The rot is in the party, not one single man.

    • Pursue this policies, probably. Do it with way more skill that he does would be the bigger issues.

    • I agree. For every daily crazy distraction he provides. Some of them are behind the scenes getting some of their agendas accomplished through him as well.

  • BrothasKeeper

    YT women (or at least the 54% who voted for Tweet Potato Lie) ain’t tripping. They’ll just get an MRS. degree in economic parasitism and not worry about entering the workforce.

    • Ms.Moon

      Until she gets fat and he leaves her for the younger skinnier version and then they’re stuck looking for a job in their ’50 with no work experience.

      • BrothasKeeper

        True. Unfortunately, they will have minored in alimony.

        • Cheech

          Actually, you can get a masters in that on the side.

    • Uncle Remus

      “Tweet Potato Lie” (Dats good. I’mma hafta file dis one away)

  • Sigma_Since 93

    I’ll be more impressed when Dolt 45 and the posse crack down on Dwight men pimping Black folks and Dwight women to win small business loans by putting a minority as the face of the company.

    • That’s a huge deal on the low, and it creates all sorts of shady issues.

      • Alessandro De Medici

        Government grants will awaken – even in the most puristic of people – the hidden Sherlock in us all.

    • Cheech

      This is a huge South Asian path to wealth.

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