Politicians say a lot of crap for us to hand them our votes and Hilary Clinton is up there with the best of them, so many promises, so many attempts to get us all to believe her.
One thing she has promised cannot be let to slide into the background. She is CLEARLY trying to woo black voters and has made a campaign promise of $25 billion, yes $25 BILLION, to be spent on HBCUs! So, over the 107 schools that’s an average of $234 million per school! No chump change!
It’s looking likely she is taking the spot in the White House this week, SO, she absolutely can’t back down from this. AND the black community has to make sure she doesn’t!
In an OpEd piece for The Root, Clinton wrote:
Every issue we care about is effectively on the ballot. That includes education. I believe it’s essential to support HBCUs, which graduate almost half of the black teachers in America and have helped millions of African Americans gain a foothold in the middle class.
HBCUs are a big part of this story. Over the course of the campaign, I’ve visited nearly a dozen historically black schools—not just to show my support for their mission, but to shine a spotlight on many of their talented and inspiring students. In a Clinton-Kaine administration, we’d ensure that HBCUs can continue to remain a pivotal force in our society—not just for African-American students, but for all the students that attend them.
And this, she says, is the plan!
First, we’ll make college much more affordable—and in many cases, we’ll make it completely tuition-free. I worked with Sen. Bernie Sanders on a plan to make sure every student whose family makes under $125,000 can attend an in-state public university tuition-free, and all students can attend community college tuition-free. And we’ll work toward making sure students attending public HBCUs never have to take out loans to cover the other costs of obtaining a degree, like textbooks, activities and living expenses.
Second, we’ll help graduates who are already weighed down with student debt. Since black students at any given institution are more likely to need to take out loans and graduate with more student debt than their white peers, this issue disproportionately impacts the African-American community. Our plan will let them refinance that debt, ensuring they never have to pay more than 10 percent of their income. And if they work in a public field for 10 years, we’ll simplify the process for forgiving those loans altogether.
Finally, we’ll make a historic $25 billion investment across all HBCUs—public and private—so that each one has the funding to keep creating opportunities and providing more support services for underserved students. That includes expanding on-campus child care and creating more scholarships for students who are also parents to make it easier for them to obtain a degree.
Does this sound like Clinton BS, or do you think she actually cares about more than a black hand crossing her name on a ballot paper?
Whatever, we GOT TO PRESSURE for this to become real. Educations is one of the NUMBER ONE things that should be on all of our agendas.
Read her full piece on The Root here.
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