The president of Dillard University, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, is coming to the defense of President Joe Biden after the POTUS was dragged for the latest version of his “Build Back Better” budget proposal, which significantly cuts the amount of funding for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Using his official Twitter account @HipHopPrez, Dr. Kimbrough said the outrage over Biden’s $30 billion cut to proposed funding for HBCUs is based on “a lie.” He added that the reports about it were “propaganda.”
“A THREAD on the $30 billion HBCU cut lie: It’s a lie,” Kimbrough tweeted. “Critical thinking and understanding context have officially died in America. So folks are sharing this propaganda recklessly. So let me give some facts.”
Kimbrough went on to tweet an entire thread, including charts and budget screenshots, explaining why he believes the reports are false.
In the thread, Kimbrough noted Biden gave HBCUs an additional $2.6 billion under his American Rescue Plan and the Biden-Harris administration pledged $70 billion to HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs). However, like most legislation, Kimbrough said, for it to pass there have to be cuts.
“About that cut again. Biden-Harris pledged $70B to HBCUs & other MSIs. There has never been a proposal that audacious,” Kimbrough wrote. “Since partisan politics is now involved, Biden’s ambitious agenda is being scaled back. So the HBCU funding proposal, along with lots of others, have been revised. This happens all the time, both up and down.”
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Kimbrough, who has served as president of the New Orleans, Louisiana-based HBCU since 2012, is an award-winning, well-respected educator. He is known for making an impact, particularly on Black male students, and bringing hip-hop education to the classroom. However, there were mixed reactions to his tweets.
“If you tell black people that you are going to restore the institutions that have been deprived of equitable funding, and you do not produce what they need, that’s a fail. ‘Well, I tried’ was not his campaign slogan,” tweeted @wishbumpycoulda.
“Mark Zuckerberg alone has $120 Billion, yet the federal government can’t find $90 Billion for HBCUs. America is not a democracy, but am oligarchy!” tweeted Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, president of Simmons College of Kentucky.
“Biden’s budget for HBCU’s was reduced by 96%. His total budget was reduced by about 34%, 3.5T to 2.3T. Where is the proportionality,” said The Moguldom Nation founder Jamarlin Martin, who is an HBCU grad, in response to Kimbrough’s tweet. “How are you helping HBCU’s by cheerleading your little $2B? Are you that cheap? For all that monolithic voting, supporting, defending, etc?”
Martin added. “A dishonest MSNBC Democrat loyalist will always bring up Trump when he is no longer President,” Martin wrote in a follow-up tweet. “Comparing what Biden is doing to Trump wouldn’t mean that much if Trump is as racist as you say. “Biden did this & look at what KKK did, be happy.” This sounds like plantation thinking.”
Others agreed with Kimbrough, however. “I think you need a simpler equally headline grabbing tweet that just gives the figure HBCUs are getting. Most people will not read through your brilliant thread unfortunately,” @LeadThey tweeted.
“I just read it when i saw it, i did some research yesterday after you said what you said..it ain’t fucked up lol, I’m with ya when you right!” AChazzChasinBagz responded.