The White House has pretty much confirmed that Donald Trump will continue to disappoint historically black colleges, as this administration delivers more broken promises.
The format of an upcoming meeting between Trump and representatives of historically black colleges is being downsized, according to hbcubuzz.com. The move comes as his administration continues to face deep criticism over its polarizing views on race relations in the U.S.
The site reports that “While the White House statement did not detail what modifications were being made, it did hint that the administration was looking to downsize Trump’s meeting with HCBUs.”
Trump was once popular with these schools, which were counting on him to make good on promises that his predecessor (Obama) could not. But Trump’s attacks on their funding and his alt-right agenda have strained this relationship.
“Responding to suggestions and feedback from many key stakeholders, the White House initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will modify its planned conference to best meet the current needs of HBCUs, their students and the broader HBCU community, ” the administration said.
“This more intimate HBCU week will feature a series of strategic meetings for students and leaders to share their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges facing the HBCU community. The events will also focus on how the Administration can best work and support HBCU schools and students,” it added.
Earlier this year, Trump signed an executive order “designed to boost federal funds for HCBUs” but the administration did not increase funds. Instead, they “cut Pel grant reserves and other crucial investment HBCUs had asked for,” according to The Washington Post.
In May, Trump suggested financing for historically black colleges may be unconstitutional.