Twitter Erupts After Betsy DeVos Rounds Out Black History Month With Alternative Facts On HBCU’s 

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The Secretary of Education’s baffling comments on historically black institutions did not go unnoticed.

On Monday, Betsy DeVos painfully blundered when she described historically black colleges and universities as “pioneers when it comes to school choice."

Following a meeting between Donald Trump and several university leaders, DeVos released the offensive statement that glossed over the African American struggle with Jim Crow and segregation laws that prevented Black students from attending white schools.

Related: Not Funny: Betsy DeVos Jokes About Schools Providing Free Lunch To Students 

Trump’s cabinet pick for education also stated that HBCU’s “started from the fact that there were too many students in America who did not have equal access to education." The hollow attempt to tie Black people’s fight for educational freedom to her controversial school choice policies backfired and DeVos was forced to renege. She later attempted to clarify her statements on twitter.

Related: What 'Hate' Really Is: This Is Problem With Comparing Betsy DeVos To Ruby Bridges 

https://twitter.com/BetsyDeVosED/status/836650390275915776

 

https://twitter.com/BetsyDeVosED/status/836650791301701632

Many were unforgiving to Betsy and her tone deaf characterization of HBCU’s and took to Twitter to sound off on the Education Secretary.

 

https://twitter.com/chrisemdin/status/836638758577582080

https://twitter.com/KristenClarkeJD/status/836592491159769089

https://twitter.com/RepBarbaraLee/status/836632047246536706

Some couldn’t believe that the person in charge of the country’s education painted such an inaccurate picture of American history.

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https://twitter.com/okayplayer/status/836697502627725312

https://twitter.com/aparnapkin/status/836692201061007361

 

https://twitter.com/BlickyBeatz/status/836772214875766784

https://twitter.com/abgutman/status/836694779798880256

Most were simply ashamed of her comments.

https://twitter.com/ChancellorTJC/status/836786056259334145

https://twitter.com/Derek_Q3030/status/836776552289423361

https://twitter.com/e_darcell/status/836773341298102273

In perhaps an appropriate twist of irony, this isn’t the first time DeVos’ and Jim Crow have been a part of the public discourse. If you recall, a cartoon depicting Betsy DeVos in the same way as civil rights hero Ruby Bridges received heavy criticism.

 

https://twitter.com/shadowwraiths/status/832200482617688065

You would think Betsy DeVos would be more knowledgeable about Jim Crow and segregation after that incident.

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