The Tom Joyner Foundation’s official statement on Donald Trump’s recent HBCU remarks. 

President Donald Trump is taking aim at African-American students and jeopardizing the future of historically black colleges and universities.

Construction for Black colleges, Trump argues, could be unconstitutional because it’s racially biased. Without new buildings for state-of-the-art technology, the outlook for Black colleges becomes even more challenging.

I’m discouraged, but not surprised. Trump’s promises regarding the education of Black students are questionable at best. The president can’t be trusted with his rhetoric. He makes bold promises one day, then reneges on his commitments a day later.

Promises for funding Black colleges are no different.

In February, when Trump invited 60 Black college presidents to the White House for a meeting about funding HBCU’s, the session was abruptly cut short by a much-publicized photo-op with Trump in the Oval Office.

“The president and I admire the contributions of historically Black colleges and universities,” Vice President Mike Pence told Black college presidents. Pence said the Trump administration is committed to ensuring that HBCU’s “get the credit and attention they deserve.”

More deception. More smoke-and-mirrors.

Last week, Trump undercut a 25-year-old program that helps finance construction projects for historically Black colleges and universities.

Trump signed a $1 trillion proposed budget where he mentioned The Historically Black College and University Capital Financing Program Account as one example of programs that “allocate benefits on the basis of race, ethnicity, and gender.”

The United Negro College Fund said it’s “puzzled” by Trump’s characterization of the provision.

Cheryl Smith, senior vice president of public policy and government affairs at the UNCF, told Politico the program Trump used as an example isn’t based on race but on “mission, accreditation status and the year the institution was established.”

Trump’s signing statement was also criticized by Rep. John Conyers Jr. (Mich.), the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.), the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

“Trump’s statement is not only misinformed factually, it is not grounded in any serious constitutional analysis,” their joint statement said. “For a President who pledged to reach out to African-Americans and other minorities, this statement is stunningly careless and divisive. We urge him to reconsider immediately.”

I am not puzzled by the president’s thinking, I see Trump’s move as another systematic attempt to dismantle years of progress by African-Americans. Trump, his advisors, and his Cabinet of mostly white men have no connection to America’s Black experience and they don’t care about the social, economic, health and educational challenges facing Black Americans.

Many civil rights activists were correctly skeptical when the Black college presidents met with Trump at the White House in February.

In fact, Morehouse College President John Wilson Jr. described the meeting with White House aides as “troubling.”

Wilson and other Black college presidents were hoping that Trump would set aside additional funding for historically Black colleges. Instead of a substantive meeting, some said, the presidents were lured into the Oval Office for a hastily arranged photo-op with Trump.

“In general, the meetings were a troubling beginning to what must be a productive relationship,” Wilson said in a statement to the school’s students.

I don’t believe Trump wants a productive relationship with Black college presidents. He has already signaled that he intends to challenge the progress of Black colleges by claiming unconstitutional racial preferences – a longtime and predictable Republican strategy to undermine the achievements of African-Americans.

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19 thoughts on “Trump White House Moves To Destroy HBCU’s

  1. Alberta on said:

    Knock, Knock Hey it’s ALBERTA again
    i just found out why our people LOVE to mix with other races…The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, & with a point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, & upon the horns of your altars…Will their children remember their altars & their groves by the green trees upon the high hills. O my mountain in the field, I will give they substance & all they treasures to the spoil, & thy high places for sin, throughout all your borders. (that means your neighborhoods) And you, even yourself shall discontinue from your heritage that I gave you, & I will cause you to serve your enemies in the land which you knowest not for you have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for EVER. (It’s the LORD’s doing because God know our hearts..that sin is engraved…written on the hearts He see’s it..& there’s nothing new under the’s a perpetual sin..4 ever…That sounds like this thing may go on in the New Jerusalem! The Word of God is true & quick & sharper than a two edge sword!

  2. Alberta on said:

    Stop looking to a country that has NO plans on saving us as Black people…there are other minorities now in 2017 than ever! Who are you? Is your beloved family more important than other minorities? One day we won’t be able ton use that old law called AFFIRMATIVE ACTION to get a job..Believe me this topic is going to be on the table one day…because We are NOT the only minority in this country. JUDAH Wake up..YOU the one’s with the College degree on the subject YOU the one with influence YOU the one with MONEY! HELP WANTED!

  3. Alberta on said:

    Will somebody .please answer this one question, Are most of you Christian, college educated, influential & economically sound? If yes….then why can’t ya’ll understand that America IS NOT our Homeland…There will be NO Equality in a place where our Enemy lives..profits thrives off of our efforts good & bad…The only thing we can demand is RESPECT..Not Equality.. See we NEED to UNDERSTAND that NOT one employer in this country has the obligation to hire us just because we’re Black. We are not the only minority here anymore..we never were the only minority. Get UP off your High Horse by thinking of SELF ONLY yes Black People YOU DO..think Only of your Own families. When are we going to be the Door to knock on? We don’t need another Hip Hop song or Television show…If anyone is obligated to help us its US! We can demand reparations or something of the sort..but this Ol’e Civil Right stuff is going to be discussed & on the table one day..again. Only YaH’s/God’s Laws are forever…not man’s..Esau will break his covenant..believe me because the Bible says so.

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  5. HBCU Fan on said:

    If each Afrikan Amerikan that is employed would contribute / donate on a monthly bases $1 per day total $30 per month HBCU’s could become self sufficient. And if the students would apply for scholarships, this too would help keep the doors open to our HBCU’s. I know a HBCU college president in his 70’s who earns $150,000 per year and his EVP earns $125,000 per year and she is also in her 70’s…WHY? they are over paid, and the rest of the staff is under paid.

    • Hoodtechie on said:

      You must be off your medication,I am black and didn’t go to a gbic why should I contribute.what is not being mentioned is the mass mismanagement at these hbcu’s how about the graduating alumni giving back.yeah I thought so not even a peep from the black leaders on capital hill about this suggestion

  6. They should have known better, they stood and took pictures with that POS, and they digested every lie he was feeding them, he them look like fools, sorry to say it.

  7. ButterPecan on said:

    I bet all those dumb aish HBCU Presidents feel like real coons now! When people show you who they are, believe them! This is what happens when you give chances. Now he can put that money in his and his rich friend pockets. Some people never learn!

    • So now how stupid do you feel – Trump has now reneged on his commitment to help HBCUs. You want to maligned Obama and uplift Trump! You sound educated – but are totally misinformed!!! Thanking Donald Trump makes you look ignorant! My question to you is – what have you done to help HBCUs? Hell, what have you done to help the Black Community?!! Crickets………

  8. Diane on said:

    After all those pics kellyanne was taking on the sofa on her knees. After all of those HBCU prezs standing around that fake prez smiling with him, now they’re probably aren’t going to get anything in return. That is pathetic.

  9. Arthur Childress on said:

    Trump is a hater…..a hateful racist p o s! And, he has been this way for a long…long time! His contempt and disrespect for Black people did not begin with President Obama OR the Central Park 5. His racism began at his daddy’s knee!

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