When Angel Donors at HBCUs Reveal Their True Colors as Devils

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    The Dilemma of Angel Investors: When Celebrities Turn Out to be Devils in Disguise for HBCUs

    In the world of higher education, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have long struggled to receive the same level of resources and funding as their predominantly white institution (PWI) counterparts. In the fight for survival and success, angel investors have played a crucial role in supporting these institutions. However, what happens when an angel investor turns out to be a devil in disguise?

    The recent news surrounding Sean “Diddy” Combs, a famous alumni of Howard University, has sent shockwaves through the HBCU community. A recent investigative piece by Rolling Stone has shed light on allegations of violent and predatory behavior by Combs, leaving the university administration in a difficult position.

    Combs, who made headlines with generous donations to Howard and Jackson State University, now faces scrutiny for his alleged actions. This situation mirrors that of Bill Cosby, another celebrity donor to HBCUs who was convicted of aggravated indecent assault in 2018.

    While not all donors to HBCUs have questionable pasts, the recent revelations about Combs and Cosby raise important questions about the ethics of accepting donations. Refunding the donations may seem like the right thing to do, but the cost, both financially and in terms of public perception, could be significant.

    As HBCUs navigate this challenging situation, it is clear that relying on wealthy donors may not always be the best path forward. Community support and self-reliance, traits that have sustained HBCUs through generations of adversity, may once again be the key to survival.

    The era of blindly accepting help from wealthy benefactors is over. It is up to the HBCU community to protect and support their institutions, even if it means turning down donations from those with questionable backgrounds. In the end, the integrity and reputation of these institutions are worth more than any financial contribution.