After high school there is always a chance for a student to continue their education at some college, whether it be private or public; predominantly white or predominantly black; or whether it all males or all females



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After high school there is always a chance for a student to continue their education at some college, whether it be private or public; predominantly white or predominantly black; or whether it all males or all females. For a black student, multiple problems can occur when narrowing their choices of which college they would like to attend. African-Americans students have to choose whether they will go to a predominantly white institution (PWI) or a historically black college or university (HBCU).Students, in general, make the choice to attend college after high school to get better jobs, to learn more things that interest them, and to make more money than an average high school diploma. A black student would choose a historically black college or university after high school because of family-related backgrounds, or they will be at a safe environment that they wouldn’t have to worry about a racial conflict with another student. On the other hand, a black student would consider a predominantly white institute because a degree from a predominantly white institute will receive better recognitions upon being hired for a job. Also, black students would attend a predominantly white institute based on a scholarship, academic or athletic. I, personally, had the option to attend Kentucky State University or the University of Kentucky. Even though, I knew there would have been racial discrimination at the University of Kentucky, I still chose that university over a historically black college. I attended the University of Kentucky because of the school’s academic background. I could handle the racial conflicts that might occur, based on my high school background, which consist of me going to a predominantly white high school. And a degree from UK would be accepted from any company that I might apply for, than a degree from Kentucky State University. I, also, felt that I would learn more material of my major while attending University of Kentucky. Unfortunately, black students choose to attend historically black colleges or universities because they feel they will obtain a better academic experience, experienced a pleasant campus life, and sit in a better classroom environment without racial discrimination that a black student would have to face at a predominantly white institution.


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African-Americans think that they would achieve a better academic experience at a black college than at a white college. Racial discrimination at a predominantly white college would cause a black student to focus less on gaining an academic experience. Black students who graduated from predominantly white colleges or universities receive lower levels of intelligence and emotional development than those blacks who graduated from a black college (Thompson, 43). That’s because at a predominantly white college, a black student has to overcome obstacles dealing with racial differences and hostility, which limits their ability to study their lessons for classes. Even though an academic experience from a white institute is more powerful than an academic experience from a black college, the black student’s knowledge from a PWI will either, balanced evenly with the HBCU or become less powerful because a black student cannot function properly when faced with racial discrimination. Without racial discrimination, a black student will exceed academically, which is the reason blacks attend historically black colleges. According to the Peabody Journal of Education, it was stated that historically black colleges serve to develop, create, and teach advanced knowledge to black societies. They serve to transmit and transform a black society's culture while educating their students. However, these institutions make critical improvement in ensuring that growing numbers of African Americans will be skilled to serve as leaders or knowledge workers in society. Black colleges will continue these roles to improve whoever shall enter their doors to gain knowledge (Brown, 31). Black students that attend college will attend a college that will allow them to achieve academically stress-free from any type of racial discrimination. Not only does a black college eliminate most racial differences towards black students, but it allows black students to exceed academically to serve in today’s society. Sorry to say, I believe a black student can survive academically and socially on a white campus, just as well as a black student will survive on a black campus. I am surviving on the University of Kentucky’s campus that is predominantly white.

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Although college is for furthering your education, being able to have a pleasant campus life without the signs of racial discrimination ensures that a student will be safe away from home. Racial interactions among black students and white students on white campuses have the tendency to push black students away from that particular college after their freshmen year. On the word of Bradley Fisher and David Hartman, majority of black students experience racial differences, which disables them from getting acquainted to campus and gives the experience a negative feeling within themselves (Fisher 118). Just because a college has a good academic program doesn’t ensure that a student can achieve good academics while not feeling safe on campus. Black students face these types of problems on any white campus, making it hard for them to adjust to the campus. Black students do not experience racial interactions among their white counterpart, as much, on a black campus; making living on campus a better environment. The role of the campus climate at a black college shows a positive impact on the academic success of black student (D’Augelli 68). A black student cannot have success on a campus full of hostility that arrow towards themselves. That’s why most blacks go to historically black colleges. Not to mention that on white campus the police will most likely go against a black student before a white student. On the other hand, I felt that it was up to me to make the campus of University of Kentucky respect as a ‘determined’ student and not misjudge for the color of my skin.
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Black students at a white university will discover racial differences among the classroom, just as they would outside the classroom. Experiencing racial conflicts in the classroom will cause a black student to lose focus on class material and make it harder to communicate with his instructor. This isn’t a major problem among white colleges or black colleges, but plays a major role in a black students judgment of attending a white college. Although black students are getting into white colleges, black colleges are still putting out more black college degrees. The reason is that blacks on white campuses have to face racial commotion inside their classroom (Britts). If a student cannot maintain his focus inside the classroom due to racial conflicts, that student feels that he or she needs to gain their education at a different institution. As for a black student, that black student will attend a HBCU if he cannot maintain his focus at PWI inside of the classroom. At a black college, black students do not face racial conflicts in the classroom, which enables them to understand the concepts of their class subject and have a great interaction with their instructor. In a article entitled, “Why Blacks Do Better at Black Colleges,” inside of Ebony Magazine, Thad Martin states that blacks do better in black schools “because of the time professors and administrators take with a student, prodding then when they are lax and shoring them up in areas they are weak in…(Martin 128).” Being able to get along with professors and other administrators at your college is very helpful, but many blacks do not have the opportunity to do get acquainted to their professors due to racial differences that encounter within the classrooms at predominantly white institutions. At a black college, a black is encourage by his or her instructor to do better even if the student isn’t struggling, which lets the student know that the teacher is there to help you achieve and progress, and not just there for a paycheck. In addition to that, I believe that a black student has to take it among themselves to introduce themselves to the instructor and ask the instructor for help instead of waiting on the instructor to help you. I have got better results by getting help on my own instead waiting for help.


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Personally, I am attending a predominantly white college, but it wasn’t because I received an athletic or academic scholarship. I choose to attend the University of Kentucky because I can handle being the only black in class or having a racial conflict throughout the semester. I went to a predominantly white high school, which gave me a slight advantage to dealing with racial discrimination. I could have went to Kentucky State University, Tennessee State University, or any other historically black college, but I chose a predominantly white college to prove that even with the racial discrimination on campus, black and white students can intermingle to set aside racial differences. I want those black students who feel that they would not gain an academic experience on a white campus; to put that behind them and go to a college that will allow you to excel in today’s society. There might be a white teacher that personally doesn’t like blacks, but if a black student is in the teacher’s class and working hard, that teacher will, not only acknowledge your work ethic, but change their views of blacks. That would also pertain to a black teacher at black college with a white student. Black students haven’t opened their minds to see the light that is guiding them. The light is knowledge when brigs along happiness. Until black students see that light, blacks will continue to go to black colleges and still have a hassle with finding a job with that degree from a HBCU.
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