A viral video of student Michael Brown, of Lamar High school and resident of 3rd Ward in Houston, Texas, getting accepted into 20 colleges with full scholarships hit the Internet last week. Michael was offered full rides from the likes of Harvard University, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Stanford University, Northwestern University, Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins University, Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College, Williams College, University of Texas-Austin, University of California-Berkeley, Amherst, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Tulane University, University of Michigan, UC-Davis and UC-Irvine. Needless to say, it’s quite the accomplishment. So, first thing’s first. Congratulations to you, Michael Brown. It’s clear Michael took his education seriously, used the resources available to him, and earned each and every scholarship offered to him. In case you were wondering, Michael’s GPA is 4.68.
A reaction to news like this would typically be, “Wow! What an accomplishment! Congratulations, young man!” Sadly, this was not the reaction that FOX DC hosts Holly Morris, Sarah Fraser, and Allison Seymour had. All three of these women are problematic in their own special way.
Sarah Fraser introduced the story saying, “Michael Brown is his name. You’re talking Yale, Harvard, Princeton, literally all of them. And he has full rides to all of them. Full rides. So, it has sparked a discussion though of how many schools you should apply to, and it’s a little ridiculous to apply to TWENTY, taking away a spot and basically wait-listing another kid.”
“Well, probably most people won’t agree with me, but I actually think it’s ridiculous to apply to 20 schools,” said Holly Morris.
Allison Seymour, who is a whole African American woman, then chimed in saying, “I’m urging my children not to…. *insert forced laugh*…”
Did this woman just say she is urging her children to limit themselves? Um, okay Sis.
Morris continued, “I do. I mean, he could have applied to five. It would have been equally impressive or 10 would have been impressive…admissions officers will say, on average, you should apply to four to eight schools, right?”
“So do you think this is a little obnoxious?” Fraser asked pointedly.
Morris went on to answer saying, “I think it’s a little obnoxious because you can only go to one. You can only take one full ride, and you are taking a spot from someone else who worked really hard.”
My question to Fraser and Morris is, “Who hurt you, Sis? Why are you belittling a child’s accomplishment?” Also, I’m not quite sure how you landed a job as a reporter who typically reports facts. You had no facts. That’s not how college admissions work. Michael isn’t taking anything away from anyone. The only people trying to take things away from those deserving are you two…trying to steal this Black Boy’s joy. Stop it.
And as for you Cousin Seymour, I get it, times are hard, we are all out here trying to stay employed, but Sis…being silent is just as bad. You don’t have to read your co-anchors but you can shut the conversation down. When in doubt, ask yourself, what would Michelle Obama do?
A bit of advice for Problematic Holly, the next time you feel like sharing your opinion which is like apples in guacamole, an unnecessary ingredient…keep your opinions to yourself. We have joy over here and you can’t Columbus that…not today anyway.