Change at State not for the better
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A few days ago, a friend and I were kidding around and she told me to "just let it go." What she was teasing me about was how often African-Americans remember their history.
It got me thinking. How do you forget? Television is a great reminder of how the self-appointed sect of our society's past continue to infiltrate the African-American world even today. For example, TCM and AMC are both movie channels. They rerun old movies. Movies that depict us as servants, mentally challenged, and joyful in our ancestors' yes-ma'am, no-ma'am jolly performers.
If the tables were turned, how would our counterparts relish such depictions of a race who literally built this country's wealth, yet have never been permitted their share.
As a life-long part of Institute, West Virginia State College was the largest employer of African-Americans in this area. There was no tap dancing required to obtain a job. When no one else wanted to acknowledge our abilities to be equal to or surpass our racial counterparts, generations of children fed from the knowledge of State's administration, faculty and staff.
To say it is sad we are no longer employable at a historically black college is an understatement. The shame falls not at the feet of qualified black professionals, but at the toes of our past and present legislative body.
Integration was never meant as a metering factor in employing brown-skinned Americans at historically black colleges. Prior to 1964 and President Johnson's signing the Civil Rights Act, non-black employees at State were thought to be less than their racial counterparts.
Now, without a clear understanding of all that is West Virginia State as a college and employer, it is our intelligent and highly qualified who stand in a long unemployment line. Clearly by looking at the lengthening employee roll of non-blacks at State, in West Virginia one could surmise, we just ain't good enough.
Which is not only sad but surprising, since we have the same degrees, same or more experience, equal or higher scholastic scoring. So it must be who you know, not what you know.
Rockefeller's tribute to state appreciated