Fox News Calls Black Teenager Accepted To 20 Colleges (Including Harvard) ‘Obnoxious’

Is being hateful and biased a job requirement to be an anchor or contributor at Fox News and its affiliates? More and more, that seems to be the case. The news anchors of Fox 5 D.C. are catching heat after they called a high school senior, who was accepted to all 20 colleges to which he applied, “obnoxious.”

Fox 5 anchor Holly Morris, as well as contributor Sarah Fraser, were speaking of Michael Brown, a Houston high school senior who is gaining national attention for his amazing feat of getting accepted — and receiving full-ride scholarships — to a whopping 20 colleges.

Claiming that his success was taking opportunities away from other students, the two Fox anchors criticized Brown’s decision to apply to so many colleges.

“It’s a little ridiculous that this kid applied to 20 [colleges], taking away a spot and basically wait-listing another kid,” contributor Sarah Fraser said.

Anchor Holly Morris agreed and said, “It’s a little obnoxious because you can only go to one. You can only take one full ride, and you are taking a spot from someone else who worked really hard.”

Americans came down hard on the two anchors, claiming that their comments were not only insensitive and unnecessary, but also incredibly biased. If this were a white student, would the anchors be criticizing the success of a proud high school student? Because this child is black, do they not only want to discount his success but also imply that policies like affirmative action are responsible for Brown’s acceptances?

Contributor Sarah Fraser issued a quick apology on Twitter — after being challenged by a Twitter user who called her out. Fraser essentially swore that the basis for her “petty” criticism was purely the idea that Brown’s decision to apply was selfish and hurt other students.

Brown accepted the anchor’s apology with grace and acknowledged his appreciation.

Unfortunately, Morris refused to apologize to the young man.

Between Fraser’s lazy apology and Morris’ nonexistent one, the Twitterverse is still in uproar. Of course, it’s easy to see why.

At the end of the day, this seems like the work of subconscious bias. Maybe the anchors really didn’t think their comments were biased — although it’s unlikely due to Morris’ refusal to apologize. Either way, such comments are cruel. We should be applauding the success of American youth, not criticizing it.


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