THE PAINS OF PARTISANSHIP: Are Historically Black Colleges And Universities On ‘Brink Of Disaster?’ A CASUALTY OF PARTY ANTICS


Historically black colleges and universities are ‘on the brink of disaster,’ according to The Hechinger Report. 

HBCUs enroll and graduate one-quarter of all black college students in the United States in which the institutions operate, according to a July 2019 University Business story on the United Negro College Fund’s “HBCUs Punching Above Their Weight” report.

Some 15 HBCUs have closed since 1997, and the total endowments of all of these institutions is about 70% smaller than that of non-HBCUs, according to The Hechinger Report.

In light of a report on November 6th of 2019 federal aid for America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities has now expired and Congress can’t agree whether to pass a short or long term plan to restore the funding. A group of bipartisan senators, educators and students demand a vote now.

These federal dollars pay for campus infrastructure improvements, faculty and curriculum development, and student services. Without them, staff members are looking at layoffs and students are considering transferring.

These things aren’t important seemingly instead impeachment is more important to congress. We are currently in an impeachment debacle and the issues that matter such as HBCU funding are not at the forefront of a divided congress. We must demand more from congress or as we’ll see layoffs, transfers and, sadly, even dropouts.

I am afraid that HBCUs can and will become A CASUALTY IN PARTY ANTICS. It is here that we vividly see the pains and consequences of vicious, one sited partisanship.

History shows it’s possible for Congress to accomplish other things during impeachment hearings. 

Between the start of House impeachment proceedings in October 1998 and acquittal by the Senate the following February, President Bill Clinton signed nearly 150 bills into law. In today’s extreme partisan era, however, Congress has become far less productiveeven without impeachment. Just under 70 laws have been signed in the 10 months that the 116th Congress has been in session.

Funding for the government is currently set to expire in a little over a week. And while lawmakers appear poised to pass a stopgap measure, they’re far from resolving the problematic details needed to avert a shutdown before year’s end. 

Amid potential government shutdown, the pending renewing of funding for HBCUs, and a dozen other policy and law issues little to nothing is being done. I for one am tired of scandal after petty scandal coming out of Washington; instead, where is the legislation—the reform?

What do you think? Will we suffer due to this very messy and lose political impeachment coup? Will HBCUs lose funding? How does this seemingly democratic obsession with impeaching a dually elected president affect the quality of education at HBCUs?