Harvard University just announced that they will be segregating graduation ceremonies based on race.
According to reports, Black members of the class of 2017 decided to do their own ceremony, because they know the pressures of society making the already challenging coursework even more difficult.
Black students on college campuses in America have been marked by incidents of overt racism, microaggressions, passive racist comments and that makes it very hard for them.
Rumor is that these kind of separate graduation ceremonies will become tradition and there are plans to expand such racial separation to all university students, including undergrads for the years coming.
Michael Huggins, a Harvard graduate student that took part in planning the ceremonies, said that this is not about segregation:
“This is an opportunity to celebrate Harvard’s Black excellence and Black brilliance. It’s an event where we can see each other and our parents and family can see us as a collective, whole group. A community. This is not about segregation. It’s about fellowship and building a community. This is a chance to reaffirm for each other that we enter the work world with a network of supporters standing with us. We are all partners.”
Stanford, Temple and Columbia all have Black student graduations, so this is not something new.
Martin Luther King Jr. would be proud.
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