Before I Go--A Little HBCU Trash Talk

I hear the other HU has crowned a non-black homecoming queen. And apparently, old girl is upset that she isn't getting the royal treatment. So she wrote Obama

"I am hoping that perhaps you would be able to make an appearance to my campus, Hampton University, so that my fellow Hamptonians can stop focusing so much on the color of my skin and doubting my abilities to represent," she wrote in a letter posted Sunday on Congress.org, "but rather be proud of the changes our nation is making toward accepting diversity."

Wait....Hold on...Hampton has a homecoming?

In all seriousness, I'm betting that most folks at Hampton aren't paying much attention. With one exception, I can't name a single homecoming queen from all my years at Howard. And I couldn't have done it then.

Presented by

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

Video

The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

How a Brooklyn tattoo artist popularized the "cattoo"

More in Entertainment

From This Author

Just In