Michael Brown, a 17-year-old from Houston, Texas, applied to 20 colleges, including Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and UC Berkely. With a GPA of 4.68 and SAT score of 1540, it's not surprising he was accepted to every single one — and was given full-ride scholarships.
Here's how Micheal Brown celebrated his acceptance to Stanford. The 17-year-old from Houston, Texas, applied to 20 of the best universities in the US and was admitted to every single one with a full ride — and $260,000 in additional scholarship offers https://t.co/HrXpq9vX2Y pic.twitter.com/oWMro4DAYS— CNN (@CNN) April 2, 2018
Brown's massive accomplishment should be applauded by anyone who hears about it—after all, being accepted to 20 universities is an almost superhuman feat. Three local Fox News anchors, however, felt the need to criticize Brown, saying it was "obnoxious" that he applied to so many schools in the first place.
Here's a new one: Local Fox anchors criticized this Black teen for working TOO hard pic.twitter.com/kka8fvgJrj— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 7, 2018
In other words:
White women criticize exceptional young man black who, because he is so smart and knows the odds he’s up against in white America, casts the wide net his hard work deserves. https://t.co/7DZ2F5XiVf— Alexis Coe (@AlexisCoe) April 7, 2018
The anchors' argument that Brown's application to multiple universities takes spots away from other hard-working individuals makes no sense.
This doesn’t “take a space or a scholarship” away from ANYONE.— Aditya Sood (@adityasood) April 9, 2018
Yale isn’t going to suddenly enroll only 1,499 freshmen or only give $4,950,000 in financial aid if this kid goes to Stanford instead.
This is straight up, poorly coded, bigotry. https://t.co/ySdmNbml1x
Also, if someone is dependent upon their scholarships to pay for school then you always apply to every opportunity because you never know which school will offer more support financially. It makes sense to cast a wide net and apply to 20 schools with tuitions so bad these days!— ?⚡️DOMI⚡️? (@coeurdartichaut) April 9, 2018
Simply applying to that many colleges is an impressive accomplishment, let alone being accepted by them!
Not only do you have to pay for the applications but you must write essays for each of these schools, many times, esp. prestigious colleges such as these 2-3 essays. Very time consuming and nerve wracking. It's a shame on them.— Brunelda (@Arrowkid21) April 9, 2018
some of those schools require interviews, too. This was hours and hours of work put in.— high tech lowlife? (@erythromancy) April 9, 2018
Would these anchors have been more comfortable if Brown had worked a little… less hard?
Lol so now we are preaching mediocracy? Miss me w/ that BS. Let's support each other… please ??♂️ https://t.co/8E0TWCR5eK— Kwaku Boateng (@KwakuBoat3ng) April 8, 2018
For those who don't know or don't believe this concept, the anchors are displaying a good example of a microaggression. Trust me on it, as someone who was told on a number of occasions in my youth that I was "the smartest Black person" met by friends, faculty, etc. #Sigh1 https://t.co/OV6Hsi6Z4H— Dr. Zil Roars (@Dr_Zil_White) April 9, 2018
No one should be criticizing Brown. They should be celebrating him.
Michael Brown, I wish you would’ve applied to 30 schools. Keep shining- you’re an inspiration to black and brown kids all over. Perhaps you could call it a representation of the fact so many of us have to work twice as hard to get half of what others get… https://t.co/VOU3AjijcW— Don Champion (@DonChampionTV) April 9, 2018
Congratulations, Michael! Your success is well-earned and much-deserved!