‘Whites-only’ college scholarship offered

A “whites only” scholarship offered at Texas State University has yet to get any takers, according to a story in our sister paper, The Austin American-Statesman.

The Former Majority Association for Equality — a nonprofit group — is offering five $500 scholarships exclusively to white male students. The $500 can be used at universities other than Texas State, and, oddly enough, applicants only need to be “25 percent Caucasian.”

Student Colby Bohannan, a mass communication major and Iraq war veteran, is president of the group. He said, “I’m not sure white males are the majority anymore.”

The article offers data to suggest he is right: according to U.S. census numbers, non-Hispanic whites now make up about 45 percent of Texas residents. Nationally, however, about 65 percent of U.S. residents are non-Hispanic whites.

I’m no math wizard, but, since men are usually always outnumbered by women by a percentage point or two, it would seem impossible for any “white male” demographic to be in the majority.

William Lake , the group’s treasurer, who, like Bohannan, has a history of bad check charges, said, “There’s a scholarship out there for just about any demographic, except this one. We realize it’s for good reason — this is a touchy subject.”

“Touchy subject” is an understatement.

134 comments Add your comment

Georgia Peach

February 28th, 2011
11:13 am

I don’t see a problem with the scholarship myself, but what was the purpose of the “bad check charges” @ MB Morehouse is not just an all black college. Do your background check.

E

February 28th, 2011
11:13 am

Are you aware that white students earn minority scholarships at Spelaman, Morhouse, and Clark University?

Timbo

February 28th, 2011
11:13 am

WOW. The hillbillies are having a ball with this one, huh?. Any Black or other minority (with any reasonable intellect), should not be offended by this story. Do like I do, read a few of these poorly written moronic comments, have a few laughs and move on….Not even worthy of further discussion….

Taj

February 28th, 2011
11:14 am

This is JUST in … racist white MEN are competing with the sun for the center of the universe !

*note the sarcasm*

Them damned blacks & Mexicans want everything from the white man. They want our country, money for their government assistance and now they want our VERY SOULS! How dare they want equal representation in the media. They have their own damned channels! How dare they NOT want to get exploited & be represented in the media in a positive light! Who told them they deserved their own History months too? It was the WHITE MAN who did anything worth mentioning in this world. What we show on TV bout them is true ya know ! They like to rape white women , hang on porches and commit c rime. How dare they WANT to get a education! Hell, I heard them blacks are lazy and have low IQs anyways ! And them Mexicans they can’t even speak English ! Sheesh! Don’t even get me started on them damned women …

Dee

February 28th, 2011
11:14 am

I am a black woman and all I can say is:

IT’S ABOUT TIME!!!!

A

February 28th, 2011
11:15 am

To whitey Jones you have 11 months and blacks only get one month and every channel is white blacks only have one so there’s your answer to your question

Old Geezer

February 28th, 2011
11:15 am

You are reading a blog. Ajc blogs are always open to comments. Separate news columns that are not opinion pieces do not have comments. Even an old fart like me figured this out, idiots.

TheTruth

February 28th, 2011
11:15 am

@common sense aint common, Halle Berry is 50% white, not 25%. She has a white mother. Her daughter is 25% black and 75% white.

RJ

February 28th, 2011
11:16 am

WOW!…Since you only have to be 25% white…that qualifies quite a few young men. How far back in the geneology do you think you would have to go to find that among blacks? I’m just saying….

Jay

February 28th, 2011
11:16 am

I’m an African-American male and frankly I don’t have a problem with the scholarship due to the fact that evry other ethnic group has it’s own. I don’t see a prob with it AS LONG AS the receipient has to have the same standards (income ratio, GPA, community service) as any other scholarship receiver. Last, Historically Black Colleges were founded on the principle of educating African Americans at the turn of the 20th century due to the fact that we were not allowed into predominately white colleges throughout the United States. “MB” yes they are still classified as HBCU’s but welcome all races to attend the universities.

touchy....

February 28th, 2011
11:17 am

why get the knee-grow’s all stirred up?

DriveByPoster

February 28th, 2011
11:17 am

Predictable that white male is the only demographic that attracts this kind of media attention over a scholarship. Couldn’t help but notice that the article doesn’t mention how many scholarships are black only/hispanic only/female only etc. Probably just an oversight.

James

February 28th, 2011
11:18 am

@ATLien,
Have YOU ever been enslaved? Have YOU ever not had the right to vote? I am going to bet NO to both. Our ancestors were enslaved, tormented, and treated like crap (Both Whites and Blacks…look it up, its called indentured servitude). Yes, until the 60’s, there was an unfair bias in this country and to this day there still is. But complaining about retributions from past crimes is BS. I would love to see a check from the gov’t for crimes committed against my ancestors but it’s not going to happen. I only got ahead in this world because I got off my butt and worked harder than everyone else. I think education should be equal to all of every race and gender and that by separating schools and scholarships into “this race only” or “this gender only” prevents this country from moving forward. If a scholarship is offered by the NAACP then they are the sponsor and can pick the recipient. If they consistently pick an African-American based on merit, that is fair to all. If they choose to not allow Caucasians, Latinos, Indians, Native Americans, etc to apply for the scholarship that is racist. The same goes for the Daughters of the Confederacy, ACLU, UFW, NHI, NRA, etc.

Taj

February 28th, 2011
11:19 am

Side note …. NOT one black person has spoke out against this scholarship on these comments.

Yet I keep seeing comments like Bill’s:

” I like how a scholarship for Blacks, Hispanics or even Asians is not racist, but a white scholarship is. Double standards are fun. . ”
No one said it was racist. Maybe you feel that it is racist since you KNOW white male privilege is soooo hard! Ya really have the odds stacked against you. LOL But college isn’t cheap, and under privileged white guys deserve to get their education too

mike

February 28th, 2011
11:20 am

The sad thing about the article is the president of the group is a writer of bad checks and no one seems to notice. And yes HBCU’s have a long history of admitting non-black students. But why should people believe the facts when you can post your ignorance on a website.

mompossible

February 28th, 2011
11:23 am

How about the “100 White Men of Atlanta” or “Miss White America” or “White Entertainment Television” ??!!

Spelmanite

February 28th, 2011
11:23 am

WHO CARES?? There are scholarships for all demographics so why is this an issue? And those of you getting sucked into the ignorant comments, please dont- it’s a waste of your good energy

Floppy Balls

February 28th, 2011
11:24 am

knee-grow’s wow that was rich ….touchy…. what are you having for Lunch a Klan-wich…. with extra hate on the side

JC

February 28th, 2011
11:25 am

Just for reference, there are also scholarships for:
1. Left-handed students
2. Overweight students
3. Tall people
4. Short people
5. Red heads
6. Asthmatics
7. Twins

Most of these scholarships give out more than $500, but don’t warrant discussion about heightism, hair-colorism or any other kind of preferential treatment.

A small scholarship given by a special interest group based on an arbitrary indicator that has nothing to do with merit shouldn’t be a jumping off point for a race-relations argument. You guys are better than that.

Samantha

February 28th, 2011
11:25 am

Texas is a very racist backwoods state. I’m not the least bit shocked!

Traci

February 28th, 2011
11:26 am

If you only have to be 25% white — that’s not a “whites only scholarship”. Most light skinned african-americans, creoles in louisiana, light skinned cubans,latinos,mexicans, most Indians in florida and oklahoma, and asians in california can apply for this scholarship.

There are no PURE white folks in America. Most of people in the U.S. have a mixture of EVERYTHING! White men made sure of that!

Jana

February 28th, 2011
11:27 am

Um, where have yall been? Whites can get full rides to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Like any other federally funded schools, they are under a diversity mandate.

I know this is supposed to be SHOCKING! and all, but it’s a non-issue. Anyone can create a scholarship for anyone else, and contrary to what this poorly researched blog post says, there are existing scholarships for whites of various ethnic designations (Irish, Polish, Italian, German, etc.)

But since yall are clearly looking for a reaction, here you go…OMG! Call Al Sharpton! That’s racist!

Wanda

February 28th, 2011
11:27 am

They have only black scholarships and only Miss Black America. So they should be able to have only white scholarships. Whats fair is fair.

Black Reality

February 28th, 2011
11:29 am

Some of you really need to get out more or even read more. There’s nothing wrong with the scholarship although to correct some of your comments the United Negro Scholarship Fund has been awarded to those other than black including Whites. Also @ MB who mentioned about Morehouse, that school just two years ago had a white valedictorian. Whites have also attended Morris Brown, Clark, Spellman, and other HBCU (Historically Black College and University). You all also missed one big fact, the scholarship isn’t necessary, as you can see no one has yet to apply. Why do you ask? Because its not needed! And the comment about having a month and channel next do you ever watch CMT???? or do you remember in school that all 12 months cover you! Thanks and I’m done

Floppy Balls

February 28th, 2011
11:31 am

Hey Hey you guys ready for all this rain…. Man I cant wait..

Jana

February 28th, 2011
11:32 am

Side note …. NOT one black person has spoke out against this scholarship on these comments.

Yet I keep seeing comments like Bill’s:

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Of course. That’s because…and I don’t want to offend, but it’s the truth…some white Americans are obsessed with black people. They obsess over what we’re thinking, talking about, upset about, happy about…they can’t stop themselves from commenting on any news story involving black people. They claim to dislike us and they claim to think we’re dysfunctional, yet they lie in wait, hoping to see us all worked up. It’s like they get a perverse thrill out of it. Not for nothing, but interracial porn is most popular down here in the South. Look at how they go off to college and throw parties just so that they can dress up like us (or their stereotypes of us).

So yes, they are sitting here hitting refresh, hoping we will get upset and post so that their pathetic lives will be complete.

I think many of them need mental help.

Just N Beaver

February 28th, 2011
11:33 am

If the demographics continue to shift where “caucasians” are no longer the majority of inhabitants of the USA, will there be a “White History Month” honoring great white leaders of the past??? Will there be a “United White Man College Fund” or even “WET” (white entertainment TV)??

Enslaved who?

February 28th, 2011
11:40 am

Egyptians enslaved Jews, Romans enslaved the Germanic Tribes who enslaved Nordic tribes, who enslaved the English who enslaved the Africans who enslaved each other. All people have and will be slaves at some point. Only the strong survive, so stand up or shut up.

Timbo

February 28th, 2011
11:40 am

To all my Black brothers and sisters: WHY are you debating such a trivial story? It’s $500…and like many have already said “Who cares?” Please don’t feel the need to defend yourself or your race to these hillbillies…obviously their obsession with us continues to rule on the moronic blogs…Let ‘em continue to share their bitterness and hatred among themselves…quite amusing…

Peachy

February 28th, 2011
11:41 am

Of course a story dealing with race would be open for comments. Typical AJC

Happy Gilmore

February 28th, 2011
11:41 am

Just another example of the media trying to stir up a hornet’s nest by putting this link front and center. If a new $500 scholarship had been offered to ANY other demographic, this wouldn’t have made it onto the back page of the local school rag….

Jana

February 28th, 2011
11:43 am

Please don’t feel the need to defend yourself or your race to these hillbillies…obviously their obsession with us continues to rule on the moronic blogs…Let ‘em continue to share their bitterness and hatred among themselves…quite amusing…
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Glad I’m not alone in my thoughts on this. :-)

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