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.
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.
BCUs not only graduate 85 percent of black doctors, but as The New Republic observed, 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.