Black college leaders are publicly noting that President Trump’s support for HBCU’s is a marked improvement over that of the previous Obama administration.
Administrators and officials speaking with the Los Angeles Times had this to say:
“For [President] Obama, people expected him to come in and fix everything — especially for black people.… But he never campaigned strongly for HBCUs,” said Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University in New Orleans, using the common abbreviation for the schools.
Now, he says, the reverse has happened — Trump came in with no expectations placed on him, and some black educators have been pleasantly surprised. “So people now want to see what’s going to happen because he’s coming in saying he’s going to be the president for HBCUs,” Kimbrough added. “It’s a very different perspective, but it’s still the first 150 days, so we’ll see what happens.”
Johnny C. Taylor Jr., president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a nonprofit that helps provide financial assistance to students who attend black colleges, says the signs from the White House are encouraging.
“In the first four months of this presidency, the Trump administration has been far more responsive to our community than the past administration,” Taylor said. “I, for one, judge people by what they do — not what they say.” (LAT)
The observations of Black college educators fly in the face of constant criticisms from mainstream media that the Trump administration is racist, and an obstacle to improving the lives of minorities.
What a contrast the Trump administration is with Democrats who do nothing but exploit Black voters, making promises that they never keep.
In February, President Trump signed an executive order to ‘Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ after welcoming representatives of over 60 schools.
During the Obama administration, many HBCU leaders and members of the Congressional Black Caucus were at odds with Mr. Obama on support for the schools.
HBCU advocates complained that the administration’s restrictive federal loan policy was hurting the chances of black families sending their children to the schools, and that overall federal coordination and support for the schools was down. (Washington Times)
* feature photo courtesy The White House