Stormzy’s scholarship highlights the bigger talking point between People of Colour and top Universities
Words by Tayo Adeboye
Recently Stormzy has proven that not all heroes wear capes. The announcement of the Merky Scholarship that will send two black youths to one of the most prestigious universities in the country in order to further represent the culture is a welcome one.
Whilst this must be celebrated and Stormzy heralded as an inspiration, this begs a simple question; why are the black minority poorly represented at top universities within the country? Let’s explore.
There are a lot of contributing factors, which I do not wish to dwell upon; nor do I wish to blame the problems facing black culture entirely upon the government. However, it is evident that a large part of the reason we as a culture are not represented as a culture is due to lack of opportunity.
Let me explain. Between Primary and Secondary school, I attended 6 in total. Having done my research, I was soon to discover that at some of the schools I attended and a few that I didn’t, it came to light that as many 50% of pupils did not attain at least GCSE’s grade A-C. What does this mean? A-levels at these same places are at best; lack lustre. And what happens when you don’t get good A-levels? None of the top universities will even look at your application.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am happy to say there are exceptions to this cycle, and I personally feel that we should take it upon ourselves to make a change rather than blame the government. However, this same thing continues to occur in the same urban and disenfranchised areas. Do you think after all these years the government haven’t realised the educational inferiority offered in urban areas? Of course they have, they simply do not care.
A wise man once said “They’ve got money for wars but can’t feed the poor” and it looks like that man was right. Minorties have not been given the same opportunities as their fairer skinned and often richer counterparts. The economic system that produces these disparities in the quality of education is what must be addressed and whilst Stormzy is certainly doing his part, we cannot hope for the government to do theirs. They do not care and the gradual withdrawal of public services in many areas across the nation shows they care even less.
Success should be encouraged for all people no matter the colour, it has never been that black people are under represented in top universities, collectively speaking we were never given the same opportunities as our counterparts to allow for this representation.