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Today’s subject, as I noticed through a frat brother’s status online, a guest speaker came to my old university’s campus for a speaking engagement.

With it being Black History Month, of course I’d expect the school to lean towards bringing down speakers that, you know, are inclined talk about Black History.

So when they bring down Touré, one of the most renowned and talented journalists/writers of late, who also happens to be black, you would think they’d be bringing him to a crowd of people familiar, if not with his writings, then at least from him being featured on MSNBC as part of ‘The Cycle’.

Instead, what do they get?

Touré in a nearly empty room.

I’m not sure exactly how many people showed up; however, I do know that during my time attending SIUE, it was a struggle to get people to show up to anything with guest speakers who were coming for black history.  

And knowing exactly how much it costs to get most of these speakers to come out (Campus Activities Board has money, but not all THAT much, I’m sure)–it makes people question, well, if THEY don’t care about attending events with these types of speakers, who will they come out and support?

Whether you agree with the man’s political stance or not, I would have thought at least there would have been more of a stir over a national media figure coming to a campus in the Southern Illinois area.

Oh, and did I mention that these speakers are free to the general public?

Yet, let there be a party on or around campus, and watch people pull out their wallets.

Let there be a concert or a comedy show at different universities and people will travel to said university and pay whatever they can.

I can’t help but think that this helps bolster the arguments of those who think that we don’t even take our own history seriously.

Who wouldn’t show up to a free event, after all?

People who don’t make knowledge of their history a priority.  People who are unaware of the importance of meeting figures that play a role in their history and that they can learn from instead of being entertained by.

It is why today’s entry is dedicated not to black history, but to a lack of appreciation of it by those who need it most–the youth striving to be educated.

More tomorrow.


Written by aceviewblogger

February 8, 2013 at 9:17 pm

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