By A.J. Washington
As I was enjoying my Friday night with two of my friends, I got the news that my alma mater, Hampton University, crowned a new Miss HU 2009-2010. I was excited to know who it was, as former Miss HU contestant myself. I was shocked when I learned that she is Hawaiian. Why was I shocked? Because Hampton is a historically BLACK university.
The issue is indeed a tricky one. How do I (because I’m sure I’m the only who feels this way), express how I feel about this without being called ‘prejudice’ or having the term ‘reverse racism’ be used? If a black woman won a queen title at a majority institution and students were outraged and blogged about it—I would probably be upset, so what does that say about me? It’s ok for blacks to advance and break barriers, but not other races?
I don’t want to take anything from the new queen, I’m told she did an awesome job and is a beautiful girl of Hawaiian decent. But the question still is, should she have been black?
For the four short years attended my beloved ‘Home by the Sea,’ Hampton University, there were a number of conspiracy theories about nearly anything you can think of. Some were completely ridiculous and others, harder to refute. For instance, Miss Hampton University had to be ‘light skinned’ – now remember, this is what I heard. In my opinion, from 2005-2009, the only one that truly fit this theory was Miss HU 2008-2009, Shannon Cooper- but she was also a great contestant. Fast forward a year later, Hampton has gone from light skin to white skin.
Now that I think about it, a white girl (or a girl who looked the part) would probably have a better chance at winning the Miss Virginia title; something the school has been coveting for quite some time. By definition, Miss Hampton University- or any pageant queen represents whatever organization or country gave her the title. Does this new queen represent the majority of Hampton women? You tell me…