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15 Reasons Papa Pope Would Be The Perfect Professor At A Black College

“You have to be twice as good as them to get half of what they have.”

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3. Because HBCU professors tend to have been trailblazers in their industries. In some cases, they were the only or the first black person to occupy the spaces they did.

You are a boy. I'm a man. I have worked for every single thing I have ever received. I have fought, and scraped, and bled for every inch of ground I walk on. I was the first in my family to go to college; my daughter went to boarding school with the children of kings — I made that happen.

Scandal, "A Door Marked Exit"


6. Because he recognizes your potential and truly doesn't want it to go to waste.

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Granted, this is the episode where he had Harrison killed, but he did acknowledge first that it was a shame.

8. Never mind a bad grade — you just don't want to disappoint him.

"People are predictable. Unchanging. Monotonous. They use the same excuses, make the same mistakes. People are endlessly disappointing because you hope they wouldn't be."

—Scandal, "No More Blood"


10. But he believes in you so much that he also imbues you with off-the-charts confidence.

He once told a colleague that he was on a quest to do the impossible: raise an African-American girl who felt fully entitled to own the world as much as any white man.

Scandal, "Dog-Whistle Politics"


14. ...But he will look out for you in so many ways that you remember you can't hate family.

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Yes, my HBCU professors invited students to their homes for dinner because we were broke, hungry, and far from home.

15. And because...all of this.

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"How many times have I told you you have to be...what?"