By Ann Brown
The Atlantic writer Jemele Hill thinks it is time for Black athletes to come back to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Because top Black athletes get recruited by white colleges, it’s hurting HBCUs, which for the most part have been struggling finally for years.
It’s not like star high school athletes don’t consider HBCUs. But they get lured away by the after-graduation professional potential and even the start-of-the-art facilities white universities can offer over HBCUs.
“In the summer of 2018 Kayvon Thibodeaux, who was then ranked as the top high-school football player in America, visited Florida A&M University, in Tallahassee. When a player of Thibodeaux’s caliber visits a perennial football power—say, Alabama—it’s called Wednesday. But when he visits a historically Black college or university (HBCU) like Florida A&M, it threatens to crack the foundation on which the moneymaking edifice of college sports rests,” Hill wrote.