New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson
New England Patriots tight end Benjamin WatsonDuane Burleson/AP/file/FR38952 AP via AP

Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson agrees that black athletes should consider leaving white colleges in order to attend historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), a stance first penned by The Atlantic‘s Jemele Hill.

“She had some great points,” Watson told Fox News host Laura Ingraham during a segment on “The Ingraham Angle” Monday night.

Ingraham, however, clearly disagreed.

After Watson detailed why the proposal raises an important point — a large racial wealth gap exists and having black athletes attend HBCUs could help pump necessary revenue into deserving communities — Ingraham equated the idea to resegregation.

“College sports would be a lot different if we went down a color-coded way of figuring out college admissions,” she said. “That’s resegregating the country. Why do we want that?”


As Watson tried to explain why that’s not the case because segregation is government-mandated, Ingraham proceeded to cut him off multiple times, rolled her eyes, and ended the segment.

Throughout his NFL career, Watson has been vocal about the state of race relations in America. In 2015, he released a book titled “Under Our Skin: Getting Real About Race — and Getting Free From the Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us.”

Watch the exchange between Watson and Ingraham below. Read Hill’s piece here.