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Fri Sep 15, 2017, 07:59 AM

Since Trump's Big Photo Op With Black College Leaders, Hes Delivered on Nothing, They Say

Since Trump’s Big Photo Op With Black College Leaders, He’s Delivered on Nothing, They Say



http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/09/since-trumps-photo-op-with-black-college-leaders-hes-delivered-on-nothing-they-say/

In early February, in a high-profile meeting with black leaders in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump promised to make historically black colleges and universities an “absolute priority.” Leaders of HBCUs left that meeting, the culmination of weeks of frequent communication with the incoming Trump administration, feeling enthusiastic. But then Trump unveiled his budget proposal in May: HBCUs got none of the financial boost leaders anticipated. Moreover, Trump planned to cut key grant programs that help a majority of HBCU students. And now, Trump has yet to make good even on the promises contained in an executive order he signed in February, including moving an HCBU liaison into the White House and convening an advisory board for the schools.

Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.), a leader on the issue for the Congressional Black Caucus, offered a blunt assessment to Mother Jones of what the Trump administration has done to date for HBCUs: “Nothing.”

Beyond Trump’s unfulfilled promise to relocate the HBCU office from the Department of Education into the White House, his administration hasn’t even announced a pick to lead the office. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, the White House has had difficulty finding someone willing to take the job. The advisory board, which would guide Trump on issues important to the HBCU community, has yet to convene, says Michael Lomax, president of the United Negro College Fund. “And we’ve had no real consistent communication with the White House or the Department of Education since the meeting in February,” he adds. (The White House declined to respond to questions from Mother Jones.)

Frustration with the Trump administration among black college leaders came to a head in August as multiple advocacy groups and Congressional Black Caucus members called on the administration to postpone an annual HBCU conference scheduled for mid-September. They cited Trump’s inaction, as well as their outrage over Trump’s equivocating response to the violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Reply Since Trump's Big Photo Op With Black College Leaders, Hes Delivered on Nothing, They Say (Original post)
Miles Archer Sep 2017 OP
enough Sep 2017 #1
bigtree Sep 2017 #2
greatauntoftriplets Sep 2017 #7
uponit7771 Sep 2017 #3
Takket Sep 2017 #4
gratuitous Sep 2017 #5
FLPanhandle Sep 2017 #6
aikoaiko Sep 2017 #8
Gothmog Sep 2017 #9

Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 08:11 AM

1. They expected something different? NT

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 08:12 AM

2. shocking

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Response to bigtree (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 09:25 AM

7. More dismantling of President Obama's legacy...

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 08:24 AM

3. But there's a "deal" !!!

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 08:25 AM

4. Stunning

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 09:00 AM

5. Shockingly not shocking

Demand another meeting with President Trump. That's what this group would have done with President Obama if he'd gone back on a promise, isn't it? It's what they would have done if a President Hillary Clinton had "forgotten" her promises to them, right? Hold Trump responsible for his extravagant promises, too.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 09:04 AM

6. Those Black College Leaders got used for a photo op

Did they not see that?

Did they really think Trump would do anything after the cameras were gone and doors were closed but laugh his ass off at those leaders?

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Response to FLPanhandle (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 09:50 AM

8. True, but it was worthwhile gambit.


It was possible that Trump would be Machiavellian enough to know that if he delivered to a few HCBUs he could use that support to fend off criticism of racism.

Unfortunately, Trump isn't that smart.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 12:13 PM

9. Who is surprised by this?

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