Do we still need historically black colleges and universities?

January 11, 2012

Regarding your recent editorial about the lawsuit over funding for Maryland's historically black colleges and universities, I thought that the purpose of these schools was to provide an education to those who were denied the opportunity to attend Maryland's traditionally white schools because of their race ("A troubled legacy," Jan. 9). Now that admission to any state university is no longer denied based on race, religion or sex, I fail to see the need for these black colleges and universities.

It just seems to me that the longer and the harder we hold on to the past, the tougher it will be to move forward. To argue that the state is engaging in policies of segregation by limiting funding to a group of schools, when students can attend any school they choose, seems pointless.

It would be nice if we just had schools, universities, and students instead of continued racial division. This lawsuit, and/or our need for it, just sets us back farther.

John M. Spence, Towson

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