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“You can always tell a Morehouse man… but you can’t tell him much!”

President Obama recited this old saying while delivering this year’s commencement speech at Morehouse College. It was a friendly jab at the reputation of its students for being rather confident and outspoken.

Or in the words of GQ magazine, Morehouse men are “douchey.” For the fourth year in a row, Morehouse ranked in the magazine’s annual, lighthearted listing of the America’s 25 Douchiest Colleges – a suburban slang term that essentially means obnoxious, pretentious, and snobby. In other words, these students and graduates have the distinction of being perceived as especially “sadity,” to use a synonymous word more common in black vernacular.

And once again this year, Morehouse was the only historically black college or university, or HBCU, included on the GQ list.

Could it be that the magazine misconstrues the pride of a Morehouse man with run-of-the-mill male obnoxiousness? Let’s examine why this might be the case.

What’s GQ’s problem with HBCU pride?

The list was mostly comprised of majority-white, large state universities and small, high-priced private institutions that were included for having arrogant rich kids, or fanatical sports fans who believe that their football team makes them more important than you. But there, amid this collection of mainstream institutions of privilege, was Morehouse, which was branded as “douchey” for having students that are well-dressed, fraternity types who love materialistic hip-hop and militant black activism equally.

But as any HBCU graduate will tell you – and as a Hampton University graduate, I’m speaking from experience here – we are proud, and proud of our schools at levels that would put those on the GQ list to shame. There is simply nothing like the brazen pride of an HBCU graduate.

When graduates of those GQ schools begin rambling about their football team, we’ll kindly remind them that the halftime show is the real reason to come to the game. Then we’ll chuckle as our marching band breaks it all the way down and turns the stadium into a block party, while theirs tepidly play some catchy tunes.

HBCUs: As snobby as the best of them

And when their students from elite backgrounds brag about their membership in country clubs, the HBCU graduate will show them how his black alumni network provides more nationwide connections than they could ever dream of. (And, yes, he’ll do it while completely clad head-to-toe in a fraternity outfit.)

HBCUs can exercise conservative, traditional values in ways that would put the most exclusive private schools to shame. They ban inappropriate dancing, unacceptable hairstyles and attire, and can have limited visiting hours for socializing with the opposite sex.

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  • Brad

    An institution of higher education designed to uplift black woman is a damn good thing.

    Criticism of that and it’s students by blacks is simply self hate.

  • Tanya

    It not suprising that GQ magazine found educatedd Black men obnoxious. GQ is the epitome of White male pride, and as history will confirm there has always been so called “penis envy” on the part of white men toward black men. Educated black men, outspoken black men have always been called “uppity”, or arrogant by the white establishment. After all, conservatives call President Barack Obama “arrogant” and “know all.” The same was said of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael and a few others. So Morehouse men, wear your banner with pride, you’re in good company.

  • Claire

    GQ pokes fun at usually the same colleges on their “douchiest colleges” list every year. All of the colleges have the same amount of “douchery” and snobbery going on and just because Morehouse is an HBCU does not mean they should be excluded. It is a silly list and no one is taking offense to it. No one is negatively targeting Morehouse because simply because they are Black. By looking at all of the colleges I see why this placed on the list.

  • mwest

    hahaha as a Morehouse Man, c/o 2012, I can definitely attest to a large population of my alma mater as being “douchey,” and arrogant. Going through Morehouse was like being on line. You will run into a few brothers who have their side conversations as being “cream of the crop,” however, a lot of us are pretty damn cool because we know where we came from and what it took to get where we are now. Most of us do not take comments and recognition such as this serious at all. Our PWI counterparts love their institutions just as we do. Thanks GQ!