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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Monday evening that HBCUs are “pioneers of school choice,” forgetting the painful history of racism that led to African-Americans being barred from public universities and denied access to equal schooling, reports the Atlanta Black Star.

From Atlanta Black Star:

Social media erupted in a tizzy after DeVos issued a statement that some say shamelessly misrepresented the context under which historically Black colleges and universities were established.

In her statement, the newly appointed governess of education called HBCU’s “real pioneers of school choice,” omitting the fact that Black Americans were barred from attending white universities and thus forced to create their own. The statement also failed to consider the stringent Jim Crow laws that kept racial segregation alive and denied African-Americans access to equal education. “[HBCU’s] are living proof that when more options are provided to students, they’re afforded greater access and greater quality,” DeVos wrote. “Their success has shown that more options help students flourish.”

…“HBCUs” took the top spot among trending topics on social media Monday evening following DeVos comments. Some lashed out at the education secretary for suggesting that HBCUs were established as a better alternative to predominately white universities, rather than acknowledging that the racist school system left African-Americans with no choice.

On Tuesday afternoon, Ms. DeVos seemingly backpedaled on her offensive statement Tuesday afternoon, reports the New York Times. However, the damage was already done.

SOURCE: Atlanta Black StarNew York Times

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14 thoughts on “Betsy DeVos Ignores The Painful Racism That Led To HBCUs

  1. specialt757 on said:

    Maybe this twit shouldn’t make public statements at all. She is not bright enough to learn what the hell she is talking about before trying to sound empathic to the plight of blacks in America. She and kellyann read the same books, ah that would be NONE.

    Larry looks like if don’t you want kellyann and Betsy ditzy-Voe to know something you have to write it in English, because those dummies can’t read.

  2. Chris on said:

    I care much more than the democrats who have lied to you for 75 years. The democrats were more interested in helping illegal immigrants, allowing men to pee in the girls room, giving Iran $1.5 billion, bringing in refugees who hate America. So you want, want, want, want. What did Obama do for everything you want? NOTHING. During his last week in office, he gave $221 million to the Palestinians, he gave the Chicago Red Line over a billion dollars. Do you think that money could have been put to better use in the black community? You want clean water, why didn’t he send that money to Flint? He could have handed out a lot of vouchers for schools where “…our kids can learn in a environment that will enhanced their learning abilities.”

    • Diane on said:

      Ist of all, I wouldn’t knw what happened 75 yrs ago, I haven’t been here that long. I’ll bet nothing much is going to change with “your” prez either. With that being said, I feel all these damn politicians need to start doing their damn jobs, that’s what we’re paying them to do.

      • Chris on said:

        For 75 years the democrat party has been proclaiming to be friends of black people. LIES, LIES, LIES and more LIES.
        I asked if the money that Obama gave away could have been used in the black community. Why didn’t you answer that question?

      • Diane on said:

        I knw those taxes that the trumpster didn’t pay for 20 yrs could have helped the blk community. I don’t knw, nor do I care about that other crap you mentioned

    • Dr. Larry on said:

      That is the problem Diane, you are not smart enough to care about the other “crap” he mentioned. It had a profound affect on the black community and our country at large. You’re so focused on your hate for President Trump, you can’t see straight.

      • Diane on said:

        Why aren’t you and your ilk asking why your prez refuse to show his taxes. It’s just a matter of time before all his Russian ties come out. The Russian ties to your prez is not going away.

      • Diane on said:

        Pretty soon we will find out all the goodies on your prez about his golden showers, with the Russian prostitues.

  3. It’s ironic today that so many black student groups across the country want segregated housing, segregated libraries, segregated classes, segregated safe spaces, segregated cafeterias.

    • Diane on said:

      Who made you the expert on what blks want?? You’re from the blk community, so stop pretending you care. Blks want a level playing field. We want an even playing field for job opportunities. We want equal justice from the law. We want to raise our families in a safe environment, with CLEAN water. We want schools where our kids can learn in a environment that will enhanced their learning abilities. That’s what the blk community want. So maybe your party will start working towards those goals. I won’t be holding my breath. I knw, you’re going to say it’s all Obama’s fault. Is it Obama’s fault that your prez is cra cra?? Not.

      • americanize on said:

        Diane don,t be fooled chris is a devil,if he,s not he,s a coon.Don,t waste ur time.

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