Spelman student, whose Instagram user name is @_camillarose, is getting mixed responses for her social media post praising the HBCU.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, her now-deleted Instagram post read, “Transferring to a Historically Black College or University has been my dream for almost two years now. I could never have genuinely imagined I’d be transferring to the #1 HBCU in the country, Spelman College. The home of Black girl magic. I feel beyond grateful for every facet of my journey & for this IMMENSE privilege.”
She also added, “I understand the privilege I hold as a White woman in America and I choose to wake up everyday using this privilege to create a more equitable and healed world.”
See the post below:
There have been mixed responses to the Instagram post.
One Twitter user, who says she is a Spelman grad, saw nothing wrong with it, “I went to Spelman in the 90s, and there were plenty of white students attending. This is not a new thing.”
It is true that white people attending HBCUs is not a new phenomenon. There is a long history of whites attending HBCUs and, in 2008, Joshua Packwood became Morehouse’s first white valedictorian.
That said, another person tweeted, “White people should not be at HBCUs.”
One person had another perspective , “The problem is not with her attending it’s her fetishizing the black experience with the terms ‘Home of black girl magic.’”
The white Spelman student has appeared to have disappeared from social media since the controversy.
Whites, or any other race, are not prohibited from attending HBCUs.