Why has Mr. President not issued a statement directing his Education Secretary to (a) reverse the funding decline to HBCUs, and (b) immediately restore pre-2011 student loan credit guidelines, which has made it really difficult for Black families all over the country to provide a college education for their children?
If these attacks on education are allowed to continue, we will certainly see more incarceration disparity because, as we all know, an uneducated people will have higher levels of poverty, commit more crime, and receive more hefty sentences. For the record, the Republicans in Congress aren’t responsible for the above-mentioned funding and credit check changes.
Why is it that there were hundreds of people marching on the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee, Fla. for Trayvon, but no one marched to protest the fact that FAMU, the only public HBCU in the state and the largest HBCU in the country, is currently threatened with loss of its accreditation?
So, while all of the media voices do a brilliant job describing the injustices meted out to our people through a racist and biased criminal justice system, I would encourage this chorus to spend a little more—no, a lot more—time protesting the everyday injustices that inevitably lead to verdicts like the one issued Saturday night. If we are not going to protest everyday injustices such as educational disparities, I don’t see the point of jumping on the bandwagon to protest the natural result of those disparities.
My grandmother used to always tell me to be on the lookout for the people who cry the loudest at the funeral; they are usually the ones who did the least for the deceased while he or she was alive…
(Johnny C. Taylor Jr. is president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund)
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