Charity Chambers really stepped in it Monday. With just one post to Twitter, the Texas local TV producer ignited a so-called "HBCU vs. PWI" discussion by suggesting that white employers are turned off by students with degrees from historically black colleges and universities.
(For the uninitiated, PWI is short for "predominantly white institution.")
"Sorry to all of you HBCU goers/
It's unclear what prompted the tweet. But it's part of a long-standing debate about the value of degrees from HBCUs for African-American graduates entering the workforce.
There is also no reliable data or academic study to support such a claim. There is far more evidence showing that employers have discriminated against applicants with ethnic-sounding names — it's a form of racial prejudice that has often been cited to explain African Americans' chronically high unemployment rate compared to the rate for whites.
In March, the unemployment rate for blacks was 9 percent. The rate for whites was 4.3 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Here are a few reactions to Chambers' tweet: