To our little white brother, Chris Gaumer (who recently urged Liberty University graduates to return their diplomas over Jerry Falwell Jr.’s support of President Trump):
Thank you for your concern for black people, and thank you for your expression of Christian love towards us.
However, it is against our DNA as black people to give back a college degree. Our forefathers and foremothers have literally died to give us the opportunity to go to college. We were raised by parents who told us, ‘They can take a lot of things from you, but they can’t take back your degree.’ Our parents told us things like, ‘Education without salvation is damnation.’ Our parents and grandparents said, ‘It doesn’t matter whether you graduate cum laude, summa cum laude, or magna cum laude, you better say, ‘Thank you, Lordy,’ that you have a degree.’
Black people who have worked for four or six years to get a degree are not going to give it up because of the foolishness of a president or because of racism. They know that degree has opened doors for them.
Young brother, because of your status in life as a white man, you may take a college degree for granted. But, if I know black people, they will not be sending back their Liberty University diplomas.
And, to those parents who are reading this: if you have a black millennial or Black Lives Matter child who is thinking about returning their Liberty University degree, you have my permission to take them to the woodshed and whip their behinds and say, “Negro, have you lost your righteous mind.”