Historically Black Colleges: a Conundrum in Inclusivity

The issue of race in America has the distinction of existing in both the broad, sweeping arm of society and in specific microcosms of homogenized thought and identity constructs. Whether it be on the wooded, secluded compounds of a white nationalist organizations in the Bible Belt, or the bustling, ever-growing communities that amalgamate to create the Chinatown’s and Harlem’s of America’s various urban sprawls, one type of microcosm in particular finds itself at a rhetorical impasse between inclusive learning environment and isolated safe haven: historically black colleges and universities, also known as HBCU’s. 

Responsible for the postsecondary education of hundreds of thousands of African-American students each year, HBCU’s were founded under the basic…

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