May 14, 2021 ☼ hbcu ☼ tennessee ☼ reparations
Source: NPR - Link
Tennessee could owe a historically Black university more than a half-billion dollars after it withheld funding for decades.
A bipartisan legislative committee determined last month that the state failed to adequately fund Tennessee State University in matched land grants going all the way back to the 1950s, costing the public university between $150 million and $544 million.
When the school was founded, the federal government designated it a land-grant institution, as it did with the University of Tennessee. Under the program, the state of Tennessee was required to match the federal money sent to the schools each year.
“In TSU’s case, the state did not match the funds dollar-for-dollar for decades,” stated a news release from the legislative committee.
This is just the beginning of the whole “reparations” debate. As each case comes up it will be harder and harder to defend the status quo. Then there’s the whole abrogation of treaty rights for Native Americans. We’re likely talking trillions here.