Being White at an HBCU
Renowned HBCU researcher Marybeth Gasman recently interviewed Florida A&M University alumnus Rob Shorette for her Huffington Post blog. Shorette, who is white, shares his reflections and perceptions on being in the racial minority at FAMU – and why white folks should not be afraid of the experience.
Marybeth: What was your experience like academically at FAMU?
Rob: My academic experience at FAMU contributed greatly to my intellectual development in ways that I was somewhat oblivious to during my time there. Many aspects of my education that were supremely influential to my development, I seemed to have absorbed naturally and almost assumed it was what everyone was learning in college, such as the fact that books from authors like Toni Morrison and Zora Neale Hurston served as the primary texts in my English courses, the fact that I was hearing my classmates provide diverse African-American perspectives in every class on my schedule, the fact that I was participating regularly in discussions that challenged me to think differently about the issues of people of color, and the list goes on.