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instantcoffee69 t1_j72e5a0 wrote

> Perez said that the university administration and students have been extremely supportive. She has earned the respect of her peers, as well as the Coppin faculty and staff and other members of Eagle Nation, because of her character, according to a news release issued by the university

> The comments started to explode after Perez posted a playful TikTok video, “When both Baltimore HBCUs Mister and Miss see each other.” The video received close to 3,000 comments — about 80% of them attacking Perez, she said.

Her actually student body have been great and support. Which is great to see and a wonderful reflection of Coppin St and the Baltimore community.

And people online are terrible. Which is expected.


ThatguyfromBaltimore t1_j72f7d4 wrote

"Perez believes the harassment stems from the belief among some that HBCUs are solely for Black people. Perez said that some of her online critics also believe she is white, which apparently also angered some."

Do they want segregation? Because this is how you get segregation.


Dr_Midnight t1_j72h6ay wrote

> Do they want segregation? Because this is how you get segregation.

If you want the serious answer, then I will tell you that the answer is yes: there is a small, but loud segment of Black persons (more specifically, some Black men) who hate integration and indeed do believe that schools should be segregated (including staff and faculty); and they have the idea that doing so would benefit Black persons as a whole.

Perhaps not coincidentally, if placed on a venn-diagram, the overlap between said persons, conspiracy theorists, and hoteps (the latter two not necessarily being mutually exclusive) is functionally a flat circle.


jabbadarth t1_j72ldop wrote

My wife, a white teacher in baltimore, has never experienced the extreme version of this but her achool specifically has made a point over the years of bringing families and community members into the school to have round table discussions with teachers about what their kids experience and it has gotten very uncomfortable at times. There are always a handful of parents who will treat the white teachers differently than the black ones. To be fair the teachers are like 70% white in a school that is 99% black. So it's certainly a barrier to understanding to get over that I think her school handles pretty well. But still some parents are much less interested in participating in discussions and sharing of ideas and cultures than others are.


rockybalBOHa t1_j72zh4s wrote

Schools are segregated in America. The solution requires an influx of white residents in black neighborhoods - 99% of which are urban - and an influx of black residents in white neighborhoods - 99% of which are suburban or rural. Not an easy thing to advocate for or accomplish. Bottom line - in 2023 America there should not be neighborhoods nor schools that are 99% black when only 13% of the population as a whole is black.


jabbadarth t1_j735caf wrote

You aren't wrong. But, as you said, that's a tough issue to fix.


CaptainObvious110 t1_j73come wrote

Going back to my own experience growing up my elementary school was at least 60-70% Hispanic with the rest being black and maybe five Asian students. No white students despite the neighborhood having a large population of white folks. The white students went to other schools that were rather homogeneous.

It wasn't until I came to Baltimore that I went to school with white students and that was at Gardenville elementary.

Middle school was 100% black. I would say that it wasn't a horrible school education wise but then again it's pretty hard to get a decent education when you have a bunch of kids that have severe behavior problems.


Chief--BlackHawk t1_j7bjudt wrote

My elementary and middle school were almost exclusively black (neighborhoods too), and my highschool was far more mixed (majority black, but significant white and Hispanic popular). I think being in a mixed environment really opened my perspective on things at a younger age since my upbringing was surrounded by people that only looked like me.


CaptainObvious110 t1_j7dgue9 wrote

Exactly. Mix it up! We have way too many adults that have grown up in a homogeneous environment and as a result lack understanding of people who don't look like them.


bmore t1_j74lshl wrote

Neither of these neighborhoods want this, which is a huge issue.


sxswnxnw t1_j72n6bm wrote

Let me be clear, people harassing her are trash and wrong.

But, no, this is not how you get segregation. Segregation comes from actual policies. No one has a policy at Coppin or at any HBCU that representatives of an HBCU must be black.

Her harassers are ignorant and sorely mistaken.


RuinAdventurous1931 t1_j73xgjm wrote

It's also...confusing because whiteness and Blackness are peculiarly constructed in North America. Hispanic and Latine are not races in the United States. I've seen white Latines say they're not white, but most native Latines I know think that's ridiculous and erases very real racial divisions across the Americas.


EthanSayfo t1_j74rjbr wrote

My experience has been that residents of the USA often like to simplify and "cartoonize" things.

As you said, there is a ton of diversity across the Americas, ranging from indigenous peoples to the descendants of European immigrants, not to mention more recent immigrants (from around the world), people with mixed heritages, etc.

It's nuanced, and country of origin does not tell the whole story, obviously. Just like here in the US.