One of the things suggested in the statement is that federally funding the Historically Black College and University Capital Financing Program, a program that helps finance construction projects on HBCUs around the country, is unconstitutional.
Trump specifically said this is an example of a program “that allocate benefits on the basis of race, ethnicity, and gender.”
Furthermore, Trump, or more likely President Steve Bannon, went on to say they attend to treat this program “in a manner consistent with the requirement to afford equal protection of the law under the Due Process Clause of the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment.”
Cheryl Smith is the senior vice president of public policy and government affairs at the United Negro College Fund. She released her own statement saying that that the organization was “puzzled by this provision and seeking clarification from the White House as to its meaning.”