So Hampton University’s 2009-10 Homecoming Queen is a white chick named Nikole Churchill. One time for the white chick with the black-spelled first name.
You don’t have to be an expert in African-American studies to know that this probably didn’t sit too well with a lot of ninjas, both at Hampton and nationwide. Most folks probably don’t know or don’t care but it hit a nerve with some folks. For some reason, on the list of improbable things, this just doesn’t seem so…out there, to me.
The fact that a white chick, even if she is from Hawaii, ended up at Hampton (and the Virginia Beach campus to boot) of all places is what surprises me. Not that she can’t go there, she’s more than entitled, I’m just surprised a school like Hampton showed up on her list of schools to send her SAT scores to. When I was at Morehouse, many many moons ago, we had a white cat from Indianapolis there and it baffled me then because this dude was a real “white” white dude. His name was Barry and he wore tennis shoes made of tennis balls. He was kind of nerdy and totally not the kind of cat you’d expect to see at an HBCU, but he was there. Then of course, we had our most famous white alumni, the white valedictorian, Joshua Packwood (as white a name as you’re gonna get, kind of like Jimmy Chitwood from Hoosiers).
Well back to the lecture at hand – a white chick is the homecoming queen at one our prized HBCUs. My question is, who are people really mad at here? And what does it really mean, if anything? I never went to Hampton but I assume that its a vote-in process. Somehow, someway, this chick (assuming its a vote in) won more votes than the other 9 chicks. She’s not exactly the most beautiful white chick I’ve ever seen so her personality must have done wonders for folks. I know at my school, hardly anybody voted. For the most part, we didn’t care. Maybe that came into play here too, me no know. Either way, it ain’t like she gave the award to herself. This is the same argument folks are making about Obama and his Nobel Prize. He didn’t give it to himself via the Democratic party. The freakin’ committee decided it was for him to win. Whatever their reasons, they made their decision.
To me this seems like one of those non-starter stories that somehow will end up with way more press than is possibly necessary. I felt the same way about the Skip Gates f*ckfest from a few months back. It seemed like people were trying to find the huge story there when it was really a pissed off old Black man arguing with a pissed off police officer white man and it devolved into handcuffs. Now, this situation isn’t exactly going to make Time.com or anything, but I’ve heard enough opinions about this today to at least make me think folks feel some kind of way about it.
I really don’t though. While I recognize the oddity of a white girl at a school of 5,000, running against 9 Black women, winning the role of homecoming queen at what amounts to one of the Black Ivy’s, I have to wonder how it even came to that point. Were the other chicks SO un-liked that they couldn’t win? All that Black beauty and they still couldn’t pull it off? AND…there’s more women there than men. Perhaps it was divide and conquer. All those chicks hated each other and each other’s friends hated each other so they all voted for the white girl out of spite and it backfired like a mug.
As Black people, we tend to be really protective of our HBCUs (for the most part). They’re “ours” so it feels odd when other folks come in and basically become larger than the very Black folks who gain the most out of being there (I actually think that white folks stand to gain more from going to an HBCU than Black folks do). But ultimately, this chick showed up and completed the process to compete like other students, and as a student, she was well within her rights to do so. It ain’t her fault she won. Hell, she was probably surprised too.
Like I said, non-starter to me, but good people of VSB, what are your thoughts, if any? Does it make HBCU’s look bad? Does anybody care? Does it have bigger implications than I’m giving it credit for?
Is this really a big deal, at all?
-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka TANGLE JIG P aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRL, HE A 3
**Now, I do think she’s full of sh*t with her letter to Obama and asking him to come and assuage racial tension. So basically, she wins and the Black folks are ready to revolt? Yeah, no. Probably weren’t happy, but not on mass march levels. She definitely over stepped there and Hampton issued a press release from her today kind of clearing that up.***