Wendy Williams recently found herself under fire after her comments on historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Jesse Williams’ acceptance speech for BET’s humanitarian award, and the NAACP.
While many cheer over some of the outrageous things the talk show host says on her TV show “The Wendy Williams Show” on celebrities and pop culture, this time around silence and confusion.
Williams, who’s widely known for “saying it like she means it,” should have just shut up.
“I must say to you, [Jesse Williams] was on BET. His speech was very poignant,” she said. “On the other hand, I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically white college. We have historically Black colleges. What if there was the National Organization for White People, only? There’s the NAACP.”
Eye roll—she tried it but she didn’t stop there, of course. Seconds later, after her comments on the matter, the crowd went silent:
“Look, everybody’s quiet. You’re leaving me out here to dry by myself? One wrong word — I’m choosing my words carefully, but what I am saying is racism s**ks and we can all do better in our household, educating ourselves and teaching our children to make it better.”
“National speeches like this will always rub people the wrong way just like white people will be offended because Spelman College is a historically Black college for women,” Williams said.
She added, “You might feel funny about that. I know I’d feel funny, like I just told you. If there was a white college or whatever.”
Maybe she forgot that most of the country’s 107 HBCUs were founded to educate freed slaves after the American Civil War, because historically white institutions wouldn’t open their doors to blacks wanting to get an education.
You can see some HBCU alums and supporters, many who are (or at least were) loyal viewers, read her to filth on Twitter below.
Is #WendyWilliams really questioning or disagreeing w/ the existence of HBCU’s?
— BeingBRINK❤️ (@BreionHawkins) July 6, 2016
— Nycole Hutchens (@NycoleHutchens) July 6, 2016
#WendyWilliams needs a black history lesson.
— Toya (@TheLimerickLane) July 6, 2016
Wendy Williams must have forgot about the KKK and that PWI’s JUST started allowing blacks to attend 55 years ago. #WendyWilliams
— Jasmine (@bellebeautyy) July 6, 2016
— Tabatha Crayton (@tabathasays) July 6, 2016