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We weren't brought here to be equals to these folks. In America, as black people, we're lucky we can recite our ABC's. Don't care who's president, we're always going to be "minorities." That's a negativity all by itself. When President Trump gets in office, President Obama's going to look like a saint, no matter what he did or didn't do. You say this is your country, they tell you every second of your existence, "No, it isn't."  We all had better hope we can live a little longer with as much peace as possible.

Record Low Number of Black Doctors After Obama Cut Dollars to HBCUs That Produce 85% of Them

Record Low Number of Black Doctors After Obama Cut Dollars to HBCUs That Produce 85% of Them
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by Yvette Carnell

A disturbing NPR report found that there were fewer black medical doctors in 2014 than 1978. This news comes after controversy over the Obama administration’s defunding of HBCUs, which produce 85 percent of black doctors.

From NPR:

While more black men graduated from college over the past few decades, the number of black men applying to medical school has dropped. In 1978, 1,410 black men applied to medical school and 542 ended up enrolling. In 2014, both those numbers were down — 1,337 applied and 515 enrolled.

Record Drop in # of Black Dr.s as Obama Remains Hostile to HBCUs That Graduate 85% of Them

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HBCUs not only graduate 85 percent of black doctors, but as The New Republicobserved, their value is even greater than that:

HBCUs constitute three percent of America’s colleges but produce 20 percent of black graduates, 50 percent of black public school teachers and lawyers, 80 percent of black judges, and 90 percent of black BA’s in STEM fields.

Even with the value of HBCUs, Obama’s nearly hostile attitude toward them, and a change to PLUS loans that cost the schools millions, brought HBCU leaders to the brink of suing the first black president.

As BreakingBrown previously reported, Obama stunned CBC members when they brought up the topic of HBCUs during a meeting with the president.

“In other words he didn’t show much empathy for struggling HBCUs.  It was like show me the numbers and if the numbers aren’t where they need to be, that’s it. It was a somewhat callous view of the unique niche HBCUs fill,” Rep. Johnson, a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, said.

Hampton University President William Harvey noted that support of black colleges is down under the first black president.

“We are not consulted when it comes to policy changes and decisions impacting — in a major way — the institutions on whose behalf we are to advocate,” said Harvey in February. “Overall support to black colleges is down.”

The consequences of that lack of support are now becoming crystal clear.

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NPR report:

There Were Fewer Black Men In Medical School In 2014 Than In 1978

Jeffrey Okonye (left) and Oviea Akpotaire are fourth-year medical students at the University of Texas Southwestern.

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Oviea Akpotaire and Jeffrey Okonye put in long days working with patients at the veterans' hospital in south Dallas as fourth-year medical students at the University of Texas Southwestern.

They're in a class of 237 people and they're two of only five black men in their class.

"I knew the ones above us, below us," Okonye says. "We all kind of know each other. It's comforting to see another person that looks like you."

While more black men graduated from college over the past few decades, the number of black men applying to medical school hasdropped. In 1978, 1,410 black men applied to medical school and 542 ended up enrolling. In 2014, both those numbers were down — 1,337 applied and 515 enrolled.

Those figures come from a report from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Every other minority group — including Asians and Hispanics — saw growth in applicants. There was also an uptick in applications by black women.

Enrollment statistics for 2015 are just out and they show a modest gain of 8 percent more black men entering medical school over the year before.

"This is a positive sign," says Marc Nivet, AAMC's chief diversity officer, "but it does not change the fact that for 35 years the number has been trending poorly."

"I was really surprised," says Akpotaire, who is studying internal medicine. "I sent [the study] to my mom and dad immediately. You would think the conditions would be a lot different than they were in 1978."

Diversity among doctors is important for patient health. People are more likely to follow doctors' directions on things like medication or exercise if they can identify with them.

Dr. Dale Okorodudu, a third-year pulmonary and critical care fellow at UT Southwestern, says making cultural connections can make a big difference.

"If you can relate to [patients], it's a lot easier for them to feel at home and comfortable with you," he says.

Okorodudu wrote a blog post about an experience at Parkland Hospital that stuck with him. He was walking down the hallway on the 10th floor when a black man stopped him:

"It's good to see you brother!" I had never met this man, but I knew exactly what he was talking about. With a large smile on his face and a look of pride, he extended his arm to give me a handshake. "There aren't too many of us doing what you do. I'm glad we got some representation in here."

For years, Okorodudu has been trying to figure out why so few black men go into medicine. His conclusion: the lack of role models.

"If you're a black male, let's say you're growing up in an inner-city neighborhood," he says. "There's so many things directly in front of you that you have the option to go into."

The options range from music and sports to small business and church, Okorodudu says those professions are visible and present in the lives of young African-American boys. "But when you talk about the medical workforce, none of us are directly there in front of them," he says.

Okorodudu decided to become a doctor when he was 18. A year from now, when he's done with his fellowship, he'll be 32.

Med student Jeffrey Okonye points out that for students like him, who embraced math and science, there are much faster ways to "make it."

"A lot of friends of mine, black males, are engineers," Okonye says. "They go to school for four years. They have a job, great pay, even had internships in undergrad I was highly jealous of. Whereas my route, four years undergrad, then another four years of school, and then another X amount of training after that."

So why did he take the longer route?

"It's hard to describe the feeling you get when you make someone actually feel better," Okonye says. "When you can see them go from one state to another and recognize that you were a part of literally changing this person's life."

A desire to care for others isn't the only thing that Okonye, Akpotaire and Okorodudu have in common. All three have had doctors or nurses in their families. And all three are the children of immigrants from Nigeria. Okorodudu says that means the group of black men who are applying to medical school now is very different from the group in 1978.

"In 1978, those people we're looking at, a lot of them were probably black American males" whose families had been in this country for generations, he says. Today's black medical school students may be more recent immigrants from Nigeria or the Caribbean, he says. "So if we broke it down that way, that factoid is actually even more alarming."

The AAMC report suggests how to restock the doctor pipeline. Among the ideas: create more mentoring programs, expand financial aid options, and persuade medical schools to put less emphasis on standardized tests scores like the MCATs.

Okorodudu is trying to help with an online service calledDiverseMedicine. Users connect with mentors on chat or video.

Sometimes, he says, the key to getting kids interested is simply seeing a black man in a white coat.

This story is part of a reporting partnership that includes NPR, local member stations and Kaiser Health News.

 

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Barack Obama and the $300 Million War on HBCUs

07/10/2013 10:56 am ET | Updated Sep 09, 2013

Four months after announcing his candidacy for president, then-Senator Barack Obama stood before a captive audience of clergy at Hampton University, serving as a keynote speaker at the college's 2007 annual Ministers' Conference. He trailed party favorite Hillary Rodham Clinton by more than 15 points in many polls, with many women and African-Americans unfamiliar with the refrain of "Change" that led to Obama's historic ascendance to the nation's highest office.

His speech was on the "quiet riots" of disadvantaged communities.

 

They happen when a sense of disconnect settles in and hope dissipates. Despair takes hold and young people all across this country look at the way the world is and believe that things are never going to get any better. You tell yourself, my school will always be second rate. You tell yourself, there will never be a good job waiting for me to excel at. You tell yourself, I will never be able to afford a place that I can be proud of and call my home. That despair quietly simmers and makes it impossible to build strong communities and neighborhoods. And then one afternoon a jury says, "Not guilty" -- or a hurricane hits New Orleans -- and that despair is revealed for the world to see.

 

 

Six years and two elections later, presidents and advocates at historically black colleges and universities are quietly expressing outrage with the Obama administration over a perceived lack of interest and engagement toward the institutions. Decreases in federal grant funding to HBCUs and changes in the Parent PLUS Loan Program have cost black colleges more than $300 million in the last two years, one of the worst stretches in history for public HBCU support.

At issue, policies and appointments to key positions of advocacy for black colleges. And at the center of all discussion on the weakened relationship between the White House and historically black colleges, White House Initiative Director and current Morehouse College President John Silvanus Wilson.

 The PLUS Loan crisis, which began in earnest in October 2011, was high on the agenda a year later at the September 2012 meeting of the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C.  The minutes of that meeting show growing concern from Hampton University President and Board Chair William Harvey and Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum, about the impact of the loan changes -- changes that Secretary Education Secretary Arne Duncan has spent the better part of 2013 explaining away to black communities and HBCU audiences.

In that meeting, Dr. Wilson touted that HBCUs had seen increased federal funding, echoing statements he had been making in the media since 2011. But those statements didn't match internal numbers. According to documents provided by the Department of Education to the HBCU Digest, total grants from the Department of Education dropped from more than $742 million in 2010 to $680 million in 2012.

Grants and research awards from federal agencies to HBCUs for S.T.E.M. development decreased from $661 million in 2010 to $573 million in 2011. According to the WHI-HBCU 2009 annual report, the last produced by the office which, under Dr. Wilson's leadership, never produced an annual report, HBCUs received just under $5 billion from federal agencies, about 2 percent of a total $175 billion awarded to institutions of higher education throughout the nation.

In a recent article in the Washington Post, Department of Education leadership suggested that the loan changes were not executive mandates, but rather, changes enacted by lower-ranking officials which went unchecked by policy makers in the Department and within the White House Initiative on HBCUs.

 

 

Acting Deputy Education Secretary Jim Shelton said the action was taken by "middle management" officials in an effort to fix what they saw as "a glitch in the system." He said that top officials did not review the decision before it was implemented, but that the department stood by it as consistent with laws and regulations.

 

 

In a July 4 letter to President Obama signed by National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education President Lezli Baskerville and Thurgood Marshall College Fund President and CEO Johnny Taylor, the groups outlined concerns with a July 3 communication from Department of Education Under Secretary Martha Kanter to HBCU presidents and advocates noting that the White House Initiative on HBCUs would be led by an interim director, Joel Harrell. Kanter's message came weeks after a May 22 meeting between NAFEO and TMCF leadership and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in which Duncan assured the advocates that a permanent director would be chosen in the "next two weeks." From the joint NAFEO-TMCF letter:

 

 

"...while we have engaged in good faith and played by the rules established by the Secretary, we are concerned that the rules of engagement, like those for the Parent Plus Loan, shifted without our being provided notice or an opportunity to be heard. This gives us pause."

 

 

In the eyes of many, Dr. Wilson was either complicit in the Dept of Ed's PLUS Loan adjustments and reductions in federal agency grants, or never saw them coming. And in either scenario, his legacy with the Initiative is not one of advocacy in the nation's highest seat of lobbying for black colleges, but as an adversary to sustainable progress.

Even while speaking of building HBCU "cathedrals," traces of legitimate advocacy and progress for HBCUs were and remain difficult to find beyond spot examples of success in S.T.E.M. and international engagement -- projects that Wilson himself did not personally develop, but folded into his portfolio of achievements as WHI-HBCU director.

Some black college experts have suggested that closer monitoring and reporting to the president may be the only system by which HBCUs can receive proper advocacy.

"One of the things we'd like to see is for the White House Initiative on HBCUs to have a direct report to the president, either by the director of the occupying a deputy secretary position, or by requiring federal agencies to report on their engagement and grant awarding to black colleges to that position," says Earl S. Richardson, President Emeritus of Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Dr. Richardson also says that President Obama must specifically engage with the federal Office of Civil Rights to examine and possibly investigate the cooperation of states in dismantling segregated systems and disparate cultures of funding between historically black colleges and predominantly white colleges.

 

 

"These are just a few ways, but among the most critical to reverse the devastating impact which current policy changes have caused at HBCUs nationwide. To avoid this kind of repair, I think, would signal to many in the community that the White House doesn't value historically black colleges. When we look at the lack of leadership in the Initiative, and the missteps which have brought us to this point, I think that black institutions find themselves in a perilous position, unlike any other we've ever seen."

 

 

By policy and appointment, President Obama has demonstrated, at best, a low regard for historically black colleges and universities. His office must serve as a bully pulpit on improvement for African-American communities through the institutions best designed to serve them through education, research and outreach. Now is the time for the gap to be closed and for the words of his promise to HBCUs in September 2010 to hold true for black Americans and black colleges nationwide.

 

 

We also want to keep strengthening HBCUs, which is why we're investing $850 million in these institutions over the next 10 years.  And as I said in February, strengthening your institutions isn't just a task for our advisory board or for the Department of Education; it's a job for the entire federal government.  And I expect all agencies to support this mission. 

Now, none of this is going to be easy.  I know -- I'm sure you know that.  As leaders of these institutions, you are up against enormous challenges, especially during an economic crisis like the one that we are going through.  But we all have to try. We have to try.  We have to remain determined.  We have to persevere.

 

 

I really can't understand the hostility from Obama, it's really depressing. I don't say anything bad about Obama around my kids because I want them to see him in a positive way. I just don't get why he would go out of his way to hurt the Black community. It seems the more you know about what is going on the more reason to feel bad about his presidency from a Black perspective. 

I can't praise someone who abandons and is hostile to the very people that want to celebrate him and without their vote would not be in office. 

Its like he set out to hurt us when we already have so many challenges. 

He so fukkin phoney.

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Hillary will be more bad news for the Black community look how she speaks down you this young lady. Why should she care, the so called 1st Black president did not care about Black concerns. Basically, she is saying, fuk you, you people are own your own, stop whining as if you expect me to be concerned about you, just give me your gaddam vote and go away. Barack did not give a fuk about you why should I?

 

Hillary Clinton really needs to stop talking down to young black women

"Why don't you go run for something, then?" Hillary says after being challenged about diversity in Democratic Party

Hillary Clinton is being called to task for her voting record on issues related to African-Americans, and she’s not handling it as well as she should.The Democratic front-runner was confronted in a Minnesota coffee shop by a young black woman who wanted her to expand on the lack of diversity among elected Democratic officials, to which Clinton replied — topically, if testily — that in Minneapolis, Abdi Warsame, a Somali-American, serves on the city council.

“You know what, dear?” she said, striking a slightly sour note. “You have a different opinion. He’s a Somali-American elected to the city council, and I am really proud of that.”

Unfortunately, she followed that by saying, “Why don’t you go run for something, then?” While not her finest moment, unlike the presumptive candidate on the Republican ticket, at least her “gaffes,” such as they are, reveal that she’s in favor of creating a more inclusive electorate and governing body.

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Momentum posted:

I really can't understand the hostility from Obama, it's really depressing. I don't say anything bad about Obama around my kids because I want them to see him in a positive way. I just don't get why he would go out of his way to hurt the Black community. It seems the more you know about what is going on the more reason to feel bad about his presidency from a Black perspective. 

I can't praise someone who abandons and is hostile to the very people that want to celebrate him and without their vote would not be in office. 

Its like he set out to hurt us when we already have so many challenges. 

He so fukkin phoney.

I've just had very conflicted feelings over the years, which is why I try hard to weed out what is within his authority as a Sitting President from what can only be done by Congress and what he can accomplish by Executive Order.

I have been very disappointed in his lack of use of the bully pulpit and reluctance publicly rebut lies and propaganda of republicans, particularly those holding positions in Congress.  

But, I did notice early on that the CBC had a problem with Obama, and really a lot of other democrats [now, just why would be be?].

I know one things, when he was still running for president, I just can't forget Bill Clinton, saying, "It's not what y'all think" [regarding Obama]. Of course, at the time, I chalked that statement up to his way of trying turn votes Hillary's way, but after he was elected president and enough time had passed to 'show us what he was working with', I was not longer so sure that's all President Clinton's statement was.  

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