David Banner believes Black students belong in historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
In an interview with theGrio, the “Like A Pimp” emcee revealed that he thinks inclusion is overrated and he also believes Black students who consider attending predominantly white institutions (PWIs) over HBCUs create a disservice for our people.
“Books are books,” Banner said. “We want white culture and white people because we think white people are better and that is not the truth. We are the oldest people on this planet, so how can we look to anybody else to educate us? It’s not a school thing, it’s a mental thing.”
“We are always fighting for inclusion. Why do you want to be included where nobody wants you — that is silly,” he added.
Following the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, several HBCUs have received record-breaking donations. Howard University, Hampton University and Xavier University all received sizable donations from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott.
Additionally, HBCUs have been getting a lot of recognition from celebrities recently. Last week, 2 Chainz announced that he was launching the Money Maker Fund to support HBCU students who are running their own businesses.
“If you are an HBCU student and you currently have a business that’s up and running, I created the Money Maker Fund,” he said in a video that was posted to his Instagram account. “I would like to invest into your business, your idea.”
2 Chainz’s fund is named after his Lil Wayne-assisted single, “Money Maker.” The song samples Southern University’s Human Jukebox marching band and the corresponding visuals pay homage to HBCUs around the country.
Earlier this month, Travis Scott took to Twitter to announce that he would cover a semester of tuition for five HBCU students. The Astroworld rapper also revealed that his parents were HBCU alumni. His father attended Grambling State University in Louisiana, while his mother studied at Prairie View A&M University in Texas.