HBCU raises funding after Vice President Harris bomb threatOn March 17, 2022 by editor
At least 36 HBCUs have been bombed in recent months
March 16, 2022, 3:30 p.m.
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Vice President Kamala Harris is about to announce that historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will be eligible for new grants after the bomb threat against them.
The Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program under the Department of Education aims to increase campus security and provide mental health by providing short-term, immediate funding for organizations facing “violent or traumatic events.”
A White House official told ABC News that Harris “would make it clear that every American should be able to learn, work, worship and gather without fear.” The announcement will be made at the White House on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Threatened HBCUs can receive grants ranging from $ 50,000 to $ 150,000 per campus and will be determined based on specific needs. No bombs were found.
At least 36 HBCU and other college campuses have been targeted by the threat, and at least 18 of these colleges and universities were targeted only on February 1 – the first day of Black History Month.
Institutions went into lockdown or evacuated campus when local law enforcement agencies investigated the threat.
“Threats to the education and well-being of black Americans and HBCU are an unfortunate part of American history,” the press release said. “The bomb threat we saw in January, every week in February – is a month of black history, and this month is reminiscent of the civil rights era’s efforts to intimidate and frighten black Americans.”
According to the FBI, the threats are due to a nearly 50% increase in hate crimes against black Americans between 2019 and 2020.
Several federal agencies are taking up the issue. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorcas met with HBCU leaders on tools they could use to strengthen campus security.
A congressional hearing is also being held on Thursday to hear what the federal government can do to support HBCUs.