What exactly did the first black President do during his 8 years to truly help black citizens? The answer is, very little. He incited hate with his support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Remember his comments about Trayvon Martin?
He talked a lot about racism but rather than working towards combatting it, he chose the road of encouraging hate from blacks. He justified it, as many do, saying that they were so oppressed and it was time for the tables to turn. That type of hate rhetoric is solving nothing in this country.
When it came to real issues facing blacks and other minorities, crime and poverty in large cities, working conditions, and education, he was fairly silent. Those areas are where a black President could have made a serious impact, if he had honestly cared to do so. He didn’t.
Since Donald Trump became a candidate, the liberals have done nothing except try to slander his reputation. Above all we were told that Donald Trump was a racist and would make conditions for minorities unbearable.
Sorry, Democrats, wrong again. Since taking office, President Trump has proved multiple times that he is not racist or bigoted, or even sexist. On the contrary, he has already shown that his dedication is to America as a whole, not an individual race.
Continuing on in that vein, President Trump is turning his attention to education for black students. He is in the process of drafting an executive order to help struggling Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
Designated in the Higher Education Act of 1965, HCBUs are defined as, “…any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary [of Education] to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered or is, according to such an agency or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation.”
These colleges serve all students, regardless of race, but are a notable source of achievement for the black community. Former President Obama did so poorly for these important universities that in a 2016 Politico report card, the heads of HBCUs gave Obama failing marks.
His policies rarely addressed the problems the schools face and when they did, changes to Pell Grants and other loan programs, they massacred enrollment at many HBCUs because low-income students became ineligible for assistance.
Last week, President Trump met with leaders from the black community, including heads of HBCUs. This “listening session” kicked of Black History Month and was a good indication of Trump’s commitment to improving conditions for minorities.
Paris Dennard, a Republican consultant who works on strategic communications for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, told Trump at the meeting that “he could go down as one of the greatest presidents in modern history, and that his support of HBCUs was badly needed—especially given how HBCUs fared under the previous administration.”
The information discussed during the public meeting was enough to make Trump want to know more. After the press left he inquired what “the Harvard” of the HBCUs was. He was told it was Howard University, which happens to be the alma mater of his communications aide Omarosa Manigault.
They also told Trump that while Howard was “receiving federal funds and doing fairly well, many others were struggling.” Another attendee laid out the connection between the decrepit state of HCBUs and the first African-American president.
Manigault told President Trump that she was working on an Executive Order. It is thought that this order will come out sometime in February.
Obama’s biggest contribution to the universities was a speech he gave at a commencement in May. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., President of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, an organization that advocates for HBCUs, expressed his disgust saying, “Giving a speech at the end of an eight-year term during [which] the schools were permanently damaged doesn’t make up for it.”
Currently details are scare about what the Executive Order will include. Manigault refused to comment on the specifics but did say, “I can, however, reinforce the president’s commitment to support historically black colleges and universities, as well as school choice, as he stated throughout the campaign.”
The truth is that it is a sad day when the supposed “racist” of the country is paying more attention to problems in the black community then the so-called pride of the black people did. Obama didn’t just ignore these colleges, he enacted laws that he knew would decimate them.
There will be naysayers, there always are. They will say that Trump is doing this for his image or to one-up Obama. Even if that were true, if the colleges benefit, that is what matters.
If Obama had bothered to enact “change” as he promised, President Trump wouldn’t have the chance to do better. He did not and President Trump needs to be applauded for his willingness to do the right thing, no matter what his critics will say.