I’m quite sure as the product of what will bethree historically black colleges and univerisities (HBCUs) that you all know where I stand on this matter. But the state of Georgia is in a bind like most other states as far as budgets are concerned. Many of these states, counties and cities are about one step away from cutting essential services such as police and fire, just like Gary, Indiana had to do earlier this year, most of which is due to this recession that we’ve found ourselves in due to trickle-down economics, the war in Iraq and generally a president who was just waiting for this day when he could buy his retirement house in Preston Hollow outside of Dallas and shuffle this mess onto the next one, even it would have been McCain.
Well, this is Georgia.
We all know just how Republican and conservative minded this state really is. Obama got creamed down here only getting 45% of the vote, and it was no shock that incumbent U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss won the election by such a margin. But, we see how Georgians process things. Somehow they have imagined that the message of being a “firewall” against a Democratic Congress and Obama, and sticking to conservative values would fly in all these other states except the Deep South. Be that as it may, why would a representative of this state expect the fiscally responsible idea to merge Savannah State and possibly Albany State Universities with other traditionally white institutions. In fact schools that prohibited enrollment of students with my skin color whereas institutions such as Savannah State, Albany State never once prohibited white students from enrolling.
Just ask recent Morehouse College valedictorian class of 2008 Joshua Packwood.
Here’s and excerpt from the story:
The chairman of a key state Senate committee wants the University System to consider merging historically black public colleges with nearby white-majority schools to save money.
In making the suggestion Monday, Senate Higher Education Committee Chairman Seth Harp (R-Midland) immediately ran into opposition from supporters of the black schools who say they serve an important role as independent campuses.
I think it’s a bad idea,” said Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta), who has taught political science at two historically black private colleges, Morehouse and Morris Brown.
But Harp said the University System, which has 35 public schools and a $2.3 billion state budget this year, will have to make some hard choices to come up with budget cuts that could top $200 million.
And he said in two cities, Savannah and Albany, white- and black-majority schools are part of the legacy of segregation.
“The white schools were begun as segregation schools. It’s time Georgia closed that ugly chapter,” Harp said during a hearing on the University System’s budget Monday.
Harp suggested the system consider merging two Savannah schools — historically black Savannah State University and historically white-majority Armstrong Atlantic State University. And he said the system should look into merging another historically black college, Albany State, and white-majority two-year Darton College in Albany.
Consolidating the schools would reduce administrative costs and potentially cut duplication of similar academic programs.
System Chancellor Erroll Davis said the decision won’t be based solely on financial considerations.
“You can make obvious arguments about the economics of it, but I don’t think economics will drive the decision,” Davis said. “It’s going to be a political decision, not an economic decision.”
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The story goes on to express sentiment against it. Honestly as an accounting major in undergrad (yeah, whoda thunk it) it makes fiscal sense to do so. I wouldn’t have any problem with it. Although, it begs the question of the historicity of the schools and what retentions would remain if the schools were merged. As an accounting major we had to take micro and macro economics. Our macroeconomics taught us about something I had always heard growing up, but never put quite so succinctly: opportunity costs is when you give up something in order to gain something else. The question really is how bad do you want it?
The HBCU is a lived experience. It’s just like being black, you don’t know about it until you’ve lived it. You don’t know about the crappy freshman dorm rooms, or the lunch ladies who always speak to you and tell you to keep on keepin’ on and make sure you have an extra scoop of rice with your plate, or the fact that people like you from your same background are accomplished professors who know you by name and have a vested intrest in seeing you suceed or the professor who invites you to their church or home with them for Thanksgiving because you’re far away from home.
I’m sure I could go on and others could add their own HBCU experience, but it’s something many of us would fight tooth and nail for and would give up our lives to see preserved in its truest form at any cost. I guess that’s because many of us already have.
Do you think HBCUs are relevant in the 21st century? Why or why not? Is is true that what HBCUs have as far as education is concerned that they lack in administration? Come on share your best and worst moment of attending and HBCU for undergrad!!!
Keep it uppity and keep it truthfully radical, JLL