In Hillary Clinton‘s latest appeal to Black voters, she’s promising lower college costs and a $25 million investment in HBCUs.
In an op-ed letter written for The Root, Clinton draws an even bigger line in the sand between her and Donald Trump when it comes to Black voters.
She states the obvious calling Trump’s view of the African-American community “ignorant and insulting.”
She writes, “He claims black communities suffer from ‘horrible education.’ He asks them, ‘What the hell do you have to lose?’ The answer: A lot.”
From there she brings up the importance of education and how difficult it is for some Blacks to get one, let alone pay for it. That’s when she introduces her plan to make college more affordable across the board. She also pledges special assistance to HBCUs and the students who attend them.
Here is her plan:
First, we’ll make college much more affordable—and in many cases, we’ll make it completely tuition-free. I worked with Sen. Bernie Sanders on a plan to make sure every student whose family makes under $125,000 can attend an in-state public university tuition-free, and all students can attend community college tuition-free. And we’ll work toward making sure students attending public HBCUs never have to take out loans to cover the other costs of obtaining a degree, like textbooks, activities and living expenses.
Second, we’ll help graduates who are already weighed down with student debt. Since black students at any given institution are more likely to need to take out loans and graduate with more student debt than their white peers, this issue disproportionately impacts the African-American community. Our plan will let them refinance that debt, ensuring they never have to pay more than 10 percent of their income. And if they work in a public field for 10 years, we’ll simplify the process for forgiving those loans altogether.
Finally, we’ll make a historic $25 billion investment across all HBCUs—public and private—so that each one has the funding to keep creating opportunities and providing more support services for underserved students. That includes expanding on-campus child care and creating more scholarships for students who are also parents to make it easier for them to obtain a degree.
How does this sound to you? Interestingly, she brought up working with Bernie Sanders on one part of the idea. Do you think Clinton will be met with the same “how will you pay for it” backlash that Sanders received?
Is this promise enough for you to vote for her on Nov. 8? One thing is for sure, this plan sounds a lot better than getting a chance to meet Pusha T.