Are HBCUs Unconstitutional Per Trump?
It seems as if Donald (“Not-My-President”) Trump can’t seem to find footing on his stance towards HBCUs in 2017. Although the necessity for a safe-space for today’s best and brightest African-Americans is steadily growing, it seems that the President, like most Conservatives, can’t seem to grasp the concept.
These sentiments are echoed in the $1.1 trillion dollar bill in which Trump was very vague about how much of that money would be allocated for HBCU funding. This is a far left from his meeting with black education administrators earlier in the year in the name of “inclusion”.
Alongside funding for Native American housing and minority business, certain government provisions are made on the basis of race, ethnicity, and gender. However, in a statement issued by White House administration, said provisions shall be treated “in a manner consistent with the requirement to afford equal protection of the laws under the Due Process Clause of the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment.”
Seems a bit fishy, right? Although it is not surprising coming from President Trump’s camp, it is unfortunate that Historically Black Colleges and Universities have to continually fight for their due diligence.
One of the programs at risk is the Historically Black College and University Capital Financing Program, whose mission is to provide monetary assistance in the improvement of the nation’s HBCU infrastructures.
Rather, Trump made sure to make note of the coverage of his priorities in the bill, which include military funding, border security, and retirement coverage.
Although these priorities are equally pertinent, it is disheartening to see such a rich history and legacy of historically black colleges and universities being disregarded as unconstitutional. To say that the fate of our campuses is at stake is not an understatement. Stay Woke.