Friday, May 16, 2008

America Is Finally Changing




This is just something that makes me think about race in a whole different way. Here are 2 articles about Joshua Packwood, who on the 18th of May will become the first white valedictorian of Morehouse College in Atlanta.
Please take a moment to read the articles here and here.

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Blogger YoungBlack&DL said...

Okay, I've made my opinions on certain racial things in the past clear. I was raised in a family that grew up in southern virginia, during intergration. So most things are taken to that race card quickly. I was pissed off when I first read this post. I felt that danm we truley don't have anything for ourselves left.

However after reading the actual articles,I'm not mad at this guy. The fact that his step-father is black, and that he grew up in a majority black neighborhood. If he feels more at ease with blacks, then good for him. How he gave up a scholarship to an ivy league school to go to Moorehouse. I have so me respect for him. I can see that it could be hard for him. Like when the black guy asked him why was he here, when he first got there, and now says that he is cool with him an dunderstands him and his mission now, but then turns around as says, but I wish he did it at nother school....made me laugh. The other guy's name was Muhammad...I won't say anymore on that, if you get my drift.

I'm not mad ethat he is a white guy who went to a prestigous black college, Nor am I made that he earned valedictorian. What I'm mad at, is that 3,000 other black men, let him become valedictorian over them, in this school. Why didn't they rise to the challenge? What does this say about us? That we potentially might have our first black president, but we are not rising to the challenge in schools that was created to make us rise to the outside worlds challenge.

Anyway good for him.

11:23 AM, May 16, 2008  
Blogger bLaQ~n~MiLD said...

Hmmmmmmmmmm I don't know how to approach this. I'm not mad that he went to the school. I'm not mad that he earned the right to be valedictorian. I'm not mad that 3,000 other individuals didn't make it over him. I'm not mad. I mean let's put a couple things out there...

1) For all the talk of race in this society, life is life whether you're black, white or otherwise. For all we know it could've been a situation where he had a 4.02 and the other dude had a 4.0 (and yes some colleges do carry it out depending on the weight of the courses...strange but true)

2) Not for nothing but if he earned it and they denied him the honor to be valedictorian, would he not have cause to scream racism?

Iono yo but like I said I'm not mad at all. I just hope that when I am at NYU studying Law no white student asks why am I there...

~Damnit!

12:42 PM, May 16, 2008  
Blogger Bullet Proof Soul said...

I'm not believing what I am reading. Let me just put my comment in.

I am not going to hate on dude. He is not a wannabe trying to make a statement. He is a man who grew up around AAs, comfortable with AAs, chose a predominantly black school instead of ivy league school, became valedictorian of the school over the other males, probably endured his own racism from both sides, dates minority women, etc. I am happy for him and will be the first to say congrats. He beat out the other guys fair and square. I went to a predominately white grad school and was number two in my program. What would be said about me beating out other students, mostly white? Should they feel like they are dumb because I beat them?

We need to get past this. We are too educated for reverse discrimination. He made history. I say do the damn thing.

1:21 PM, May 16, 2008  
Blogger CAPTAIN said...

Big deal... all I want is for educational funding all over the U.S. to be more equal, eliminating financial segregation in public schools so kids can have an equal chance to attend colleges and universities so they can excel.

Besides, I don't care for black colleges and universities either. They're a waste of time.

5:48 PM, May 16, 2008  
Blogger YoungBlack&DL said...

Captain...negro you are all over the place. You talk about you want equal funding in public schools and elimination of financial segregation so kids can have equal chances to attend college, a subject I might add we weren't even talking about...then turn around and say you hate black colleges and universities. They are a waste of time.

Do you even know why we have historical black colleges?

Because at one time there was even more unequalness in public schools as well as in colleges, than we see today. Black colleges gave minorites a chance at a higher education, when other universities wouldn't let them. Today these colleges still give some of those kids, I'm assuming you are referring to inner city blacks a chance to still go to college and get an higher education. If you are reffering to there lack of building upgrades and certain needed improvements. Than thank the alumnis who don't reinvest in the schools for the future students like other schools' alum. Thank the government who don't help in funding like other schools, because they have black in their titles.

That white valedictorian from Moorehouse, didn't think it was a waste of time nor did one of the best investment firms on wall street, where he starts his new job right after he graduates thought it was a waste of time.

8:18 AM, May 17, 2008  
Blogger fuzzy said...

I say congratulations! If the student worked hard and did the work, while performing better than the rest of the graduating class, why not? Maybe you all shoulda got ya grades up! lol

11:21 PM, May 17, 2008  
Blogger E said...

I agree. I can't be too mad at dude either. He did the time and was able to rise to the occasion.

10:30 AM, May 18, 2008  
Blogger CAPTAIN said...

youngblack&dl- when you get to my level, then you'll understand what I'm talking about.

3:00 AM, May 20, 2008  
Blogger YoungBlack&DL said...

captain- what level is that?

7:17 PM, May 20, 2008  
Blogger Sean Stone said...

Uh oh, I sense another blog fight starting...

I give the man uber props. He flipped the script on stereotypes. The pursuit of happiness applies to anyone of any race that succeeds because of their own hard work.

I'm sure he endured prejudice and racism like so many AAs have. And he stuck in there to make the best happen for himself.

11:29 AM, May 23, 2008  
Blogger yet another black guy said...

i don't know how i feel about this honestly.

1:37 AM, May 26, 2008  

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