President of Dillard University Wants to Know Why Dr. Dre did not Give 72 Mil. of Blood Money to HBCUs
A mind is a turr-bul thing to waste. Walter M. Kimbrough, the president of Dillard University is salty because Dr. Dre is donating 72 million dollars to the University of Southern California. Dr. Kimbrough who appears to be none too bright wants to know why a Black man who has demonstrated no discernable commitment to the progress of Black people didn't suddenly develop that quality when he started handing out large gifts:
A hip-hop icon is now the new black higher-ed philanthropy king. We've never seen a donation to rival this from any black celebrity — musician, athlete or actor — and that fact must be celebrated. (WHY??)
But as the president of a black college, it pains me as well. I can't help but wish that Dre's wealth, generated as it was by his largely black hip-hop fans, was coming back to support that community.
USC is a great institution, no question. But it has a $3.5-billion endowment, the 21st largest in the nation and much more than every black college — combined. Less than 20% of USC's student body qualifies for federal Pell Grants, given to students from low-income families, compared with two-thirds of those enrolled at black colleges. USC has also seen a steady decrease in black student enrollment, which is now below 5%. LA Times
You're right Dr. Kimbrough- USC doesn't need the money. Dr. Dre needs USC.
For those of you who are a bit younger, Dr. Dre ushered in the era of gangstsa' rap. Yes, there once was a time when every rap lyric was not about Booty, Bullets and Bling. He cranked out incredibly violent lyrics promoting violence against both Black men and Black women and had a White person written the same lyrics, we would have had no problem identifying what he was doing as racist hate speech. But he didn't just rap about violence against women, he LIVED it. Those of you born in the 90s probably don't remember Dr. Dre's beating of Dee Barnes :
After her 1990 interview with Ice Cube in which the rapper discusses his leaving N.W.A. at the height of their feud, the group, feeling they had been negatively portrayed, sought retaliation. On January 27, 1991 Dr. Dre would encounter Barnes at a record release party in Hollywood. According to Rolling Stone reporter Alan Light:
He picked her up and "began slamming her leg and the right side of her body repeatedly against a wall near the stairway" as his bodyguard held off the crowd. After Dre tried to throw her down the stairs and failed, he began kicking her in the ribs and hands. She escaped and ran into the women's rest room. Dre followed her and "grabbed her from behind by the hair and proceeded to punch her in the back of the head.
N.W.A.'s MC Ren later said "bitch deserved it", and Eazy-E "yeah, bitch had it coming, and I'm 'bout to rib you." As Dr. Dre explained the incident, "People talk all this shit, but you know, somebody fuck with me, I'm gonna fuck with them. I just did it, you know. Ain't nothing you can do now by talking about it. Besides, it ain't no big thing-- I just threw her through a door." Barnes sued in February 1991, telling reporter Alan Light: "They've grown up with the mentality that it's okay to hit women, especially black women. Now there's a lot of kids listening and thinking it's okay to hit women who get out of line." In February, Barnes would file assault charges and bring a $22.75 million lawsuit against Dr. Dre, who pleaded no contest to the assault. He was fined $2500, placed on two years' probation, and ordered to perform 240 hours of community service and produce an anti-violence public service announcement. The lawsuit was settled out of court. Wikipedia
Dr. Kimbrough is old enough to know about the beating of Dee Barnes...
What is interesting is that Dillard is a school that was founded on Christian principles. And you have to ask how Christ would have responded to a man who brutalized a 5'1 woman--- because he could and then bragged about it.
If we were referencing the life of Christ as an example of what the president of a Christian university should be doing at this moment, I will point you to an episode in the Bible (depending on which one you read of course) where Jesus comes across a group of men who are about to execute a woman on the street by beating her to death with stones.
Jesus intervened and rebuked the violent misogynists. He did not pull out a collection plate and ask for a donation.
The important question is not Why Dr. Dre gave USC 72 Million. The question is why on earth would the faculty, staff and students of USC accept 72 million dollars from a man who beats and then repeatedly brags about beating women? Why would you accept 72 million dollars from a man who has for 20 years engaged in violent hate speech directed at both Black women and Black men? Because I'm pretty sure that the Klu Klux Klan could offer USC 720 million dollars and USC would not accept the gift.
Apparently blood money from racist misogynist bigots is only acceptable when the person attacking Black people is Black and his primary target is Black women.
Dr. Kimbrough, I don't have a PhD but I know all money ain't good money. And I don't know what in Andre'slife would ever indicate he had any commitment or concern for Black people. C Delores Tucker tried to tell y'all. You bet on the wrong horse... and lost.
P.S. Dr. Kimbrough, instead of writing letters to the editor, perhaps you need to be writing about why Dillards's graduation rate is 27.5% when the cost per student to attend your university if $45,166? Da Hell?
Kids, I would highly suggest you skip Dillard and enroll in your local community college. It's cheaper and you'll probably graduate with a highly marketable skill.