Not even a week into leadership with newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and the Department of Education is already under fire for misspelling iconic sociologist and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois’ name.
DeVos, a billionaire Michigan fundraiser with no educational experience, has been deemed unqualified for a number of reasons. In addition, many question the motives behind her confirmation, as reports show that her family has donated approximately $200 million to Republicans.
Not surprisingly, this blooper during Black History Month was given no sympathy by the internet––even after the Department sent an apology, which also had a misspelling. Their tweet said “our deepest apologizes for the earlier typo.” The correct word should have been apologies.
Among those to clap back was the NAACP, which sent a personal message to the Department shortly after writing a tweet to celebrate 108 years of rich Black history.
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Many others dragged the administration, including Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Du Bois was the co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and authored various texts/essays, including The Souls of Black Folks and Black Reconstruction in America.