1:37pm September 1, 2013

HBCU Prez: We Sat Silent on Obama and Now Chickens Have Come Home to Roost


“We sat silent and now our chickens have come home to roost.” Last Thursday, Alcorn State President Dr. M. Christopher Brown was interviewed by HBCUDigest.com on the Parent PLUS loan crisis.  The number of loan denials skyrocketed last year after the Department of Education quietly changed the loan criteria. The change cost HBCUs $160 million.  In 2011, the Department of Education decided to apply stricter credit criteria over a much longer period of time than was the case previously.  Many students black and white were denied loans but historically black colleges and universities, given their smaller endowments and enrollments, were hit particularly hard.

||| RELATED: HBCU Prez on PLUS Loan Crisis: $160M Lost “Worst Situation I’ve Seen in 35 Years” |||

The loan denial numbers are still coming in for this year.  Recent numbers from the Department of Education reveal that 39,000 students were denied Parent PLUS loans over 5 months in 2013.  President Brown  and NAFEO’s Lezli Baskerville have been vocal in protest against the Obama Administration on this issue. The audio below of Brown is hot and speaks for itself.  Brown is the second HBCU President to lambaste the Obama Administration.



About the Author

Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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  1. Jezreel

    Thank you, Lauren Burke for posting this article including the recorded discussion and the comments by Dr. Brown. I concur with Dr. Brown’s observation that Black people, who supported Mr. Obama by greater numbers than any other racial group, sat silent – refused to place any demands on this president for four consecutive years while our families and communities were decimated consequent to the Obama administration’s policy of benign neglect. And now, the chickens have indeed come home to roost. What troubles me more than anything is that we, Black people, have allowed Mr. Obama to ignore us and to demean our value as a constituent group. Because we took this approach with Obama we no elected official will feel obliged to do anything more for us than the first so-called Black President did. And we will have no one to blame but ourselves.

  2. […] According to Politic365.com, the Department of Education says that 39,000 students were denied Parent Plus loans over five months in 2013.   According to Politic365, the worst schools hit were Howard and Hampton Universi […]

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