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 Trumpand 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.
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.
But your history was born not out of mere choice, but out of necessity, in the face of racism, and in the aftermath of the Civil War.
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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