The leadership of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, an organization that represents 47 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), is coming into contact with reality and it isn’t pretty. The push for “diversity” in college admissions, led by the failed policy of affirmative action, is resulting in the cannibalization of the admission pools of these HBCUs by many of the elite institutions. And the real core of the problem, according to the Fund’s president Johnny Taylor, is that traditional public schools are failing to prepare students for college, and that poses a problem for his clients because the elite schools skim the better prepared students. Meanwhile, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has called for a moratorium on charter schools, which are providing hope in correcting the preparation problem. As Taylor noted in an op-ed, “If the NAACP continues to reject the educational opportunities that school choice provides them, they risk becoming irrelevant–or worse–an enemy of the very people they claim to fight for”.
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Taylor said, “Sometimes you have to be careful what you pray for; you wanted diversity, and guess what happened? You got diversity……Here in the nation’s capital, Georgetown University is going to (HBCU) Howard University to pick off their best students.” The better charter schools in every area of the country can help him address the problem, but the president of the American Federation of Teachers has called charter schools the “polite cousins of segregation” and stands in lock step with the NAACP at the door of opportunity for those they purport to represent. Go figure.