I've stayed over night at Hampton about 8 times in the last 5-6 years, and thats been long enough for me to DESPISE Dr. Harvey!! My best buddy went to Hampton, and I'd stay up there all the time. They always comment on how he is some big Pepsi mogul and the only thing he ever did ON campus was to make Pepsi the official soda machine (kinda like A&T did a few years back) Regardless, I realized how "untouchable" he was when I was rolling around campus and had to stop for a police motorcade that was accompanying him through campus. I mean, the man didn't even have to stop for stop signs!! According to Hamptonians, a student was expelled for ringing his doorbell during business hours. RIDICULOUS!
One more thing... I remembered a "bake sale" being held at UNCG during my senior year to protest affirmative action. The Black students at UNCG were actually BUYING the baked goods. When we arrived the next day, all hell almost broke loose!! Believe me, we held it down for our institution's proud history. This was one of our greatest revolts during my time at T. Regardless, here's the article that described it... Ours had a similar ending...
Bake sales used to protest affirmative action Wednesday, December 24, 2003 Posted: 8:19 AM EST (1319 GMT)
Members of the University of Washington College Republicans pose with leftover cookies from their bake sale.
SEATTLE, Washington (AP) -- Campus bake sales by conservatives who oppose affirmative-action are cooking up discord -- and complaints about restrictions on free speech.
Organizers charge white students $1 for a cookie, while blacks and other minorities pay 25 to 95 cents. Doughnuts are available for 50 cents to everyone except Asian Americans and whites, who cannot purchase them.
Unfair? So is affirmative action, organizers contend.
"It's a good example of what affirmative action does, judging people based on race," said Jason Chambers, president of the University of Washington College Republicans, which held a sale in October that shut down when some students began attacking the booth.
"People were upset. People did feel offended," said Anthony Rose, president of the UW Black Student Union. "You see something like that, you feel itemized."
In September, Southern Methodist University shut down a similar event by the Young Conservatives of Texas.
Similar bake sales have been held since February at the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Northwestern University near Chicago, the University of Michigan and Indiana University.
A conservative watchdog group in Philadelphia contends some universities are violating students' constitutional freedoms by restricting the protests.
"They cannot defend in public what they have done to the First Amendment at the University of Washington," said Thor Halvorssen, CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. "There is no question that the administration would never censor a group of students holding a peaceful protest in favor of affirmative action."
The UW College Republicans' Oct. 8 bake sale took place about the same time as a step performance by a traditionally black fraternity and drew plenty of attention.
Chambers said students engaged in a couple hours of good, heated discussion, until some began yelling and tearing down signs, even throwing cookies at members of the conservative group.
"I really thought that everyone on campus could maintain their composure and have a civil discussion without getting violent. I was really surprised that it went that far," Chambers said.
UW spokesman Robert Roseth said the administration had nothing to do with the shutdown. The group's members dismantled the booth voluntarily after the office of student affairs asked them if they wished to take it down, he said.
Rose, a 20-year-old junior majoring in American Ethnic Studies, backs up the university's account.
"It was for their own safety," Rose said. "They shut themselves down."
In a letter responding to the melee, Board of Regents President Jerry Grinstein expressed disappointment with the sale.
"The statements of the UW College Republicans in putting on a bake sale about affirmative action were tasteless, divisive and hurtful to many members of the university community," he wrote.
In the incident at Southern Methodist University, organizers described the event as a bake sale -- not an anti-affirmative-action protest -- in their application for event space, said Jim Caswell, vice president for student affairs.
Had the university known it was a demonstration, a more appropriate location would have been chosen, Caswell said. A staff member thought the friction was likely to escalate, and stopped the event, he said.
"I think it's important to note that freedom of expression was not the issue, it was the hostile environment created by the Young Conservatives' failure to fully disclose their intentions," Caswell said.
...Now if they can do all this on their campuses, why would hampton stop their students from doing the SAME thing?? I'll tell you why... because that kinda stuff is entrenched in their history...
"Hampton University was founded in 1868 as Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute to educate former slaves who had gathered behind the Union line on the Virginia Peninsula. Its original purpose was to train selected blacks who would then teach and lead their people."
Post by analyzedis on Dec 22, 2005 23:00:39 GMT -5
Wow these are great comments. I do agree with the fact that integration was probably the worst thing for black people. My mother said that to me when I was a teenager. When we integrated we stopped spending money in the black community, stop learning about black history in the classrooms and stop owning our own business. In a nutshell we took all of our money out of our community. I think a lot of parents do not teach their children about the struggle and black history (the truth about black american history). If we do not tell our children and give them some idea about the struggle then they will always think things were "peachy". Racism still exists on all levels, it may not be blatant but its there lurking in behind the scenes. Your eye just has to be sharp enough to recognize it when it rears its ugly head.