These are turbulent times as the country struggles to address the tension of an increasingly diverse population and mounting division. The beautiful and complex mosaic of our modern society continually encounters the familiar foes of inequality and exclusion.
Demographic trends notwithstanding, the world of tomorrow will continue to struggle against the world of today. By all indications, we are headed for a minority/majority world, but we continue to ignore racial and economic inequalities.
W.E.B DuBois famously termed this cluster of social problems “The Race Problem,” and for all the apparent progress, there is still much to be done.
The ever-increasing expression of overt xenophobia — coupled with the imminent transition to a minority white society, as people of color become the emerging majority — only further exposes the systemic racism and exclusion ingrained in the world around us. At a time when feelings of divisiveness and contention dominate the public lexicon, we posit that there is one resource that continues to support those most marginalized: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).