Friday, March 3, 2017
The Bamboozling Of HBCU Presidents!!
Reader, this article clearly states HBCU leadership agreed to meet up with 45 for a purpose. The purpose was to discuss the condition of the institutions. However, Trump did a bait and switch. This must be a lesson learned. No more closed door meetings with 45. All 45 did was move the HBCU initiative from the Department of Education to the Executive Office of the President. After a meeting between the Trump administration and over 100 HBCU presidents, Morehouse College President John Wilson Jr. issued a statement Thursday that essentially said the result of their meeting with Trump was an Instagram photo.
Wilson said that he was excited when he heard Trump claim that he'd "do more for HBCUs than any other president has done before." But after the meeting, it was clear that Trump's executive order was more hyperbole: "Many had high hopes about this meeting. There was much advance chatter about it being “historic,” and there were many signals from key Trump administration officials that they would surprise HBCUs with favorable treatment..
But, instead of the long-awaited executive order containing or signaling any of those outcomes, the key change is a symbolic shift of the White House HBCU Initiative from the Department of Education to the White House. It is not possible to measure the impact of this gesture anytime soon, if ever," the statement reads.