By Brittany Hutson
Remember when Donald Trump declared that he found it highly unlikely that President Obama was qualified enough to attend Columbia and Harvard University? Well, that wasn’t the first time the Donald has fretted over an African-American’s academic record. In fact, a former contestant from the series’ second season reveals that the real estate mogul also put his academic record under a magnifying glass due to his “unbelievable education.”
Kevin Allen, a Wharton Business School grad, Emory MBA and University of Chicago law graduate was in the final four when he was fired by Trump. On the show, Trump criticized Allen’s education and numerous degrees from elite universities.
“You’re an unbelievably talented guy in terms of education, and you haven’t done anything,” said Trump. “At some point you have to say ‘That’s enough.’”
“Apparently he doesn’t liked educated African-Americans very much,” Allen recently told Talking Points Memo.
Allen was fired shortly after an episode in 2004 that was considered controversial because he was ordered to sell chocolate bars outside of New York City subways stops, a job that is stereotypically associated with African-American high school students.
Entertainment Weekly’s Mark Harris wrote that “The Apprentice” “humiliated itself in regards to Allen” and that the show “paradoxically came off as so panicked about hiring a black guy that they had to invent a new standard—‘too smart’—to boot him off.”
Allen wasn’t too concerned about what he was tasked to do on the show, but he more so questioned Trump’s off-putting comments about his impressive credentials.
“What I thought was more interesting was that one of the knocks he had on me when he told me I was fired was that I was overeducated,” he said. “That was more interesting than necessarily anything we had to do.”
For the man who asserted that he is “the least racist person there is” when “Late Night Show” host David Letterman called him out on his seemingly racist attitude, it appears that the evidence is mounting against Trump. Even though Trump himself attend a highly ranked school—Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania—apparently, he appears to be threatened by black men who have more academic credentials than he does.