February 26, 2006 by Marc Lamont Hill
Dr. Randal Pinkett (i.e. Randal from The Apprentice) came to Temple University to give a lecture about reducing violence. After rapping to the brother, I was even more impressed by his intellect, humility, and vision than I was on the show. It also became more apparent just how insensitive and disrespectful Donald Trump was to request that he share his victory with Rebecca. In addition to creating a multi-million dollar business in a few years, being a Rhodes scholar, and having a Ph.D., my man dominated the contests. Still, he was put on the spot by Trump, who asked him to share his victory, something that he never requested from the other, less qualified (and, of course, White) contestants. For example, Kwame Jackson, the first runner-up, was called after the show ended, and offered a job. Why couldnâ€™t the same be done in this instance? If you ask Trump, Iâ€™m sure heâ€™d say it was about ratings. However, it is that kind of indifference and willful ignorance of the context â€“the fact that heâ€™s asking the first Black winner to share his prize with an inexperienced white woman– that embody white privilege and reflect the â€œBlack taxâ€ that many of us have to pay. Trumpâ€™s irresponsibility has led to Randal being crucified by many media pundits, who called Randal selfish. Fortunately Randal has responded to his critics with the same dignity and poise that served him throughout the contest.
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