LatestWorld/June 14, 2019/Tanasia Kenney /No Comment/131 views /World Pittsburgh Newspaper Editors Nailed to the Wall Over ‘Condescending’, ‘Thoughtless’ Op-Ed Nitpicking Robert Smith’s Gift to Morehouse Graduatesshare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancelBillionaire investor Robert F. Smith stunned the nation when he vowed to eliminate the student loan debt for Morehouse College‘s graduating class of 2019 early last month. For many, the grand gesture — estimated to cost Smith $40 million of his wealth — was something to be celebrated, as it would allow the recent graduates to begin their next chapter of adulthood debt-free. The editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette argues, however, that Smith’s gift could possibly do more harm than good. Billionaire investor Robert F. Smith shocked the crowd at the 2019 Morehouse commencement ceremonies when he announced that his family was providing a grant to wipe out the student debt for the entire 2019 graduating class at Morehouse College. (Facebook video screenshot) In an op-ed for the newspaper published Wednesday, the editorial board wrote that while “relief from impending indebtedness [is] immeasurably liberating and potentially life-changing,” being saved from “the repayment of a knowingly incurred encumbrance may not be the best life lesson to come at the start of real adulthood.” “There is no doubt that Mr. Smith’s gift emanated from a place of kindness,” the writers added, lamenting the ever-rising costs of post-secondary education. “But is this the best gift to give a new graduate? There’s something to be said for paying what you owe, for holding up your end of a bargain.” ALSO READ 'Cuteness Overload': Even Kenya Moore's 'Messy' Baby Can't Stop Fans From GushingSmith, who received an honorary degree from the private, all-male historically black institution in Atlanta, left the nearly 400 graduates and their families stunned when he made the surprise announcement during his May 19 commencement speech. Morehouse faculty couldn’t help but let their jaws drop, as the announcement came as a shock to them, too. “On behalf of the eight generations of my family who have been in this country, we’re gonna put a little fuel in your bus,” Smith told the crowd. “This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans.” In so many words, the Post-Gazette editors argued that such a gesture isn’t in the best interest of the graduates. They stated that the onus is on students and parents to choose higher education that’s within their means, encouraging them to attend an “affordable” community college or state university rather than a pricey, private institution. ALSO READ UPDATED: 13 perish in Kadoma horror crush“Such gifts are unlikely to become the norm,” the author said of Smith’s donation. “So the best gift to give a college graduate should come before college begins: when a student is counseled to pick a life path he or she can afford to travel.” The assertion drew swift backlash from readers, who took to the editorial’s comments section to voice their outrage over it all. “This is irresponsible journalism,” one reader wrote. ” You decided to reach into Georgia to comment on a Historically Black College and its graduates. To take the time to write and publish this thoughtless piece shows how out of touch the paper truly is. Nowhere in Mr. Smith’s gesture was it ever suggested that these young men did not understand the fact that they were entering a world where they would have to pay back their debts. That was an assumption made by this editorial board.” ALSO READ Abuja High Court Rules That Looter's List Released By Lai Mohammed Is Not IllegalThe reader went on to criticize the undertone of the piece as a “dog-whisper that poor people should seek educations that poor people can afford.” “By stating that students should ‘…pick a life path he or she can afford to travel,” you are indefinitely relegating people of fewer means to remain in that state,” they added. Several other users agreed, calling the op-ed “condescending and offensive.” “I was cringing as I was reading this condescending editorial,” another chimed in. “ “A very strange editorial and odd position to take. Surely, there were better topics from which to choose,” argued another. “’Paying it forward’ is never a bad idea. Lessons and examples of compassion and generosity are never wasted. smh.” Leave A Comment Below Related Tags:World share on: FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel previous articleHow to check expiry date of a gas cylinder – The Nation Newspapernext articleWe’re positive Makinde will lift Oyo NURTW ban in one week time ― Yasin – Latest News – Tribune OnlineRelated Posts459 shares Latest/June 27, 2019 /No Comment Nene Leakes Posts Message That Seemingly Shades ‘RHOA’ Co-stars, ‘Married to Medicine’ Star Mariah Huq Adds Her Two Cents453 shares Latest/June 27, 2019 /No Comment ‘Go Enjoy Your Summer Sis’: Porsha Williams Appears to Get Some Encouragement from Sister to Live Her Best Life Amid Ending of Engagement‘She’s Disgusting’: ‘Black Ink Crew: Chicago’ Fans Drag Sky Days for Tossing Drink at 9MAG EmployeeFans Applaud Safaree Samuels for Jumping to Erica Mena’s Defense After a Fan Claims She’s ‘Been Around’Trouble In Paradise? 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