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Supreme Court Cancels Affirmative Action...Black Athletes Eye HBCU's

Supreme Court bans the use of affirmative action in higher education this month, historically Black colleges expect to grow even bigger than ever!

The Supreme Court handed down a decision on Thursday rejecting the use of race in college admissions. Although the majority of commentary has focused on the impact of the decision on Black and Brown students applying to historically white, highly selective institutions, the ruling already is having an impact on the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as well. Already many HBCU's are seeing a drastic influx of new registrants and application requests. And HBCU sports programs are expecting to see massive improvements in their talent pools as quality education can now trump professional aspirations as college level athletes can seek lucrative deals from sponsors! "A lot of these athletes are told that if you don't go to one of the larger schools ... then you're not going to have a chance to make it to the next level," he said. "It's just not true. ... HBCUs provide you with what a great education, but they also provide you with a great opportunity to get to the pros." Michael Strahan The HBCU movement is real and the Supreme Court just accidentally fueled it!

The Supreme Court on Thursday said universities and colleges could no longer use a form of race-conscious admissions, rejecting a decades-old precedent in affirmative action policy. In December, five-star cornerback Travis Hunter decommitted from Florida State and committed to join Sanders' Jackson State. As the nation's No. 1 overall football prospect, he marks the highest-rated commitment in Jackson State and historically Black college or university history. With this Supreme Court decision, decisions like Hunter's could become the new norm! African American students who were planning to apply to highly selective colleges and universities, such as Harvard University, MIT or Yale may decide to add more HBCUs to the mix of institutions to which they apply given the uncertain impact of the High Court’s “race neutral” ruling.

Second, if highly selective colleges and universities are benign in their reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision, African American students will certainly take notice and may not feel wanted — resulting in fewer applications to these institutions and perhaps more to HBCUs. Of course, more applications to HBCUs will result in higher enrollments and a need for additional state (if applicable) and federal financial resources to support these students. Increasing HBCU eligibility for these funds. Which is great as HBCU's have never historically denied people based on race as most American colleges have and continue to do!

If the right thought that this move would curtail black scholarship they sorely miscalculated it will do the exact opposite and allow black students an education not infected with supremacist narratives, or omitted or censored histories. African American students are wanted and valued at historically black institutions — further touting the quality of education and sense of belonging that HBCUs offer. Harry L. Williams, president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, an organization that supports public HBCUs, stated, “As the largest organization exclusively supporting the Black College Community, we invite allies to join us in our ambitious mission to create a more equitable society.” This move could be the biggest blunder of the right afraid of competition and black entrepreneurship and the greatest opportunity HBCU's have seen in decades!“Since their inception, HBCUs have always been agents of equity, opportunity, and excellence in education. Going forward, HBCUs will continue to serve as vehicles of upward mobility for their students, engines of economic growth for their respective communities and a locus of intellectual discourse and scholarship on issues ranging from genetic research to social justice.”

HBCUs were created because of the nation’s history of slavery, oppression, and discrimination, but unlike their predominantly white only counterparts all were welcome regardless of race ,religion or color. In the article Good bet for the office NCAA pool: Black men will play and white men will profit, written by Shaun R. Harper in 2018, Harper states “March Madness annually generates more than $821 million dollars.” This three-week basketball tournament accounts for most of the NCAA’s annual revenue. Harper also points out a report created by the University of Southern California’s Race and Equality Center, where they found that every NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball champion since 1991 has come from a Power Five school (except for the University of Connecticut and Villanova).

The same applies for every NCAA Division 1 football champion since 1989. Out of the 65 campuses that are considered a Power Five school, Blacks make up 55 percent of football teams and 56 percent of the basketball teams. However, Blacks who attend these schools make up only 2.4 percent of the undergraduate population. Although Blacks are the majority that plays in the NCAA men’s tournament, they are the minority of highly compensated leadership roles. 79 percent of head basketball coaches and 71 percent of athletic directors are white men. All five conference commissioners are white men. The top athletic school “Basketball head coaches earn an average salary of $2.7 million annually. Football head coaches earn an average salary of $3.7 million annually. Athletic directors earn an average salary of $707, 418 annually. Conference commissioners earn an average salary that exceeds $2.5 million.”

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