Clinton Pledges $25 Billion HBCU Investment If Elected President
Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton has big plans in store for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Opening up in a recent op-ed for The Root, Clinton gets specific about her plans to strengthen the African-American community through the implementation of several education initiatives.
Briefly pointing out how Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence have yet to speak on any plans for properly addressing issues plauging the Black community, the former Secretary of State recalled a portion of Trump's latest insults made during his failed Black voter outreach ploys. "Donald Trump has no plan to support HBCUs," she wrote. "His view of black communities is both ignorant and insulting. He says-to largely white audiences-that African-American neighborhoods are plagued by poverty."
She later followed up by highlighting some of the many ways in which the Black community is proud, thriving and largely contributing to the success of the nation.
Turning her attention to her own plan of action, the former First Lady reiterated her promise to make higher education more afforable for working-class families sending their kids off to college through a joint initaitive with former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. "First, we'll make college much more affordable-and in many cases, we'll make it completely tuition-free," Clinton continued. "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."
Clinton also detailed a plan to alleviate student loan debt, noting that Black students take out loans and face repayment challegnes at higher rates than white students -- a clear cut result of the decades of intstitutionalized racism that has consistently limited economic opportunities for Black families.
Lastly, Clinton emphasized a plan to invest heavily in both public and private HBCUs.