However, what’s wrong with this picture? I’m not sure I realized it then, but as the years passed and I saw more and more black leaders like Revs. Sharpton and Jackson preach their victimology and race-baiting, I realized that Professor Williams was doing the same.
Wouldn’t he have done his students a better service by reading Frederick Douglass and other black authors? Shouldn’t he have spoken of the opportunity that lay ahead? Words of encouragement, like “The future is yours. What better country to be in than America? You’re young, attending college, and your only limit is your dreams!
“Congratulations! You will be teachers, you will earn a good living and be respected, and just as importantly, you will be positioned to encourage and educate other black youth. Let me teach you and prepare you for that journey.”
CHUCK PINKEY is a retired area businessman. He can be reached at email@example.com. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board, but the author thinks they ought to.