This special session of the VA legislature was to determine how the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) funds, $4.3B, were to be distributed. Unfortunately, not a dime was allocated to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities in VA.
Mississippi, under the leadership of Congressman Bennie Thompson, demonstrated that funding for HBCUs (public and private) would be prioritized with federal funds, Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSSA), and ARP.
What confounds me is how this can be done in Mississippi, yet Virginia still refuses to respond to the need and obligation to address or even acknowledge the problem of inequity and disparity.
The people of Virginia have shown diversity in their choices in leadership; l have tried to exemplify their faith.
The people are entitled to know WHY current leadership, for years, has not complied with court decisions requiring the same.
“You can’t judge a book by its cover,” how apt, you’ve got to read what’s inside the pages.
No, this shameful debacle is not perpetrated by the likes of the old-time segregationist of years past. This is the new breed, those who otherwise would not be positioned, but for those whose needs they presently deny.
I hope Virginia follows the lead of the new Mississippi and not be carried back to “Ole Virginny”.