So, I happened to come across the Los Angeles Times article where Walter Kimbrough, president of HBCU, Dillard University, located in New Orleans seems to heavily criticize Dr. Dre for donating $35 million to the University of Southern California, located in Los Angeles, California. Here are my main qualms with his argument. This 35 million is Dr. Dre’s own money. You did not directly contribute to this donation. You are basically telling him where he must spend his own earned money, something I do not agree with.
There seems to be an incorrect assumption that only “Black” People go to HBCUs and the help is only needed at those schools. Totally incorrect. I am an alum of what is deemed a PWI [Predominantly White Institution] , and it seems like we people of color who attend those schools are somewhat overlooked in this whole college thing.The article also seems to introduce entitlement, as if us black people are “owed” something just because we are black. I don’t really agree with that.
I honestly just look at this as a future investment. Yes, we as black people should contribute to our communities and support each other, but I don’t agree with the stance that Kimbrough takes. Dr. Dre did not attend an HBCU, nor any college or university to begin with, but is willing to donate his money towards higher education. Kimbrough himself is not an HBCU alumni. We should not make this a race thing. As long as this money is going towards people who really need it, I have no issue where it goes.