Monday, May 22, 2017

Black College Leaders: So Far, Trump a Step UP From Obama

For eight years, Barack Obama did very little to improve educational opportunities in the black community that supported him so fatefully. But let's face it, to many black Americans education is not the highest on their list. Survival is. There again he did very little but stir up resentment and rip scabs off old wounds. We now hear how Donald Trump is evil, a racist, sexist homophobe. Little evidence is presented to support this beyond Trump's desire to end illegal immigration and to block a massive influx of refugees from terror hotbeds from entering the United States. It's all shameful, cynical politics. And some black Americans are finally realizing they were lied to by the media and the Democratic Party.

Despite the boos for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at Bethune-Cookman, leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are beginning to speak out and admit Trump is a step up from Obama:
PJM-Following his inauguration, Trump’s most overt outreach to African Americans has been his efforts to woo students and leaders of black colleges that were founded in the years after the Civil War and today consist of 101 public and private schools nationwide. 
“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.” 
A Republican president, the party that allegedly hates minorities, is the one actually keeping his promises about expanding minority educational opportunities.

Trump signed the Historically Black Colleges and Universities HBCU Executive Order,
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

The Democratic Party and the media have exploited minorities in this country for votes. They spread despicable smears about good people, firing up race hatred. Then they disappear or institute policies that produce no results. The words of Mr. Taylor, considering the risk he takes in making such a statement, are all the evidence you need.