Education SecretaryÂ Whitewashes History of Segregation That Led to Establishment of Historically Black Colleges
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is under fire for whitewashing history and ignoringÂ the racism and segregation that led to the establishment of America’s historicallyÂ Black colleges, while comparing them to today’s charter schools. In a statement DeVos claimed these schools of higher education were created simply because Black people wanted more choices, just like parents who prefer the voucher systems that fuel the mostly private charter schools for which she has been a decades-long advocate.
In fact, historically Black colleges were not created as additional choices, for most people of color they were the only choice. Black people were not allowed to attend colleges and universities that white people attended â€“Â information that, coincidentally, is freely available of the Dept. of Education website.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), DeVos said, after meeting with leaders from those institutions, “are real pioneers when it comes to school choice. They are living proof that when more options are provided to students, they are afforded greater access and greater quality. Their success has shown that more options help students flourish.”
DeVos framed their inception by saying not a word about racism, but saying they “started from the fact that there were too many students in America who did not have equal access to education. They saw that the system wasn’t working, that there was an absence of opportunity, so they took it upon themselves to provide the solution.”
On Twitter, many were furious:
Next Betsy DeVos will praise slaves for being “entrepreneurial self starters”
â€” Oliver Willis (@owillis) February 28, 2017
HBCUs were founded in the segregated South, when black students were denied entry to white schools.
â€œSchool choiceâ€?? There was no choice. pic.twitter.com/SBYSkVUnob
â€” Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 28, 2017
Betsy DeVos said HBCUs were about school choice. As if white/colored water fountains were about beverage options. pic.twitter.com/I3tNlER43n
â€” Resist Dystopia (@AynAyahSteenkur) February 28, 2017
Betsy DeVos’s sees HBCUs as pioneers of “school choice,” as if black students had a “choice” to go to white colleges in segregated America. pic.twitter.com/75YKvjB70x
â€” Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 28, 2017
Betsy DeVos on HBCUs as “school choice” vs. basic historical facts about segregation on her own department’s website pic.twitter.com/b6fs5v78W0
â€” Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) February 28, 2017
Betsy DeVos probably thinks Native Americans *chose* to leave all those open plains and forests to live on reservations.
â€” Cassandra (@ChrisWarcraft) February 28, 2017
Dear Betsy Devos. Multiple choice exam. I’ll keep it grade level for you and allow your privilege to matter. #HBCUs were founded because of:
â€” karla fc holloway (@ProfHolloway) February 28, 2017
DeVos either is either ignorant or twisted. #HBCUs weren’t created bc of choice. It was bc we couldn’t get into white institutions.
â€” Taalib S (@TaalibSpeaks) February 28, 2017
BETSY DEVOS: the great thing about having separate water fountains was african americans got to choose to drink from other water fountains
â€” Bob Vulfov (@bobvulfov) February 28, 2017
Betsy Devos is a “Pioneer” of not knowing what she’s talking about.
â€” ShadÃ© Y. Adu (@shadeyaabirago) February 28, 2017
Trump bans Muslim refugees, AG opposes voting rights & DeVos implies segregation resulted from choice. This is why we can’t have nice things
â€” Johnny Carcinogen (@JohnnyCarcinogn) February 28, 2017
DeVos is so close to saying “separate but equal” my eye twitches when I think about her.
â€” Valor Club Resists (@valor_club) February 28, 2017
Over the weekend in an exceptionally partisan speech at CPAC DeVos mocked food-insecure children by bragging she was the first person to ever tell Bernie Sanders “to his face that there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” For many children, school lunches are the only meals they can count on. She also told attendees that President Barack Obama’s transgender guidance that reflects the law was “huge overreach.”
UPDATE: 3:23 PM ESTÂ â€“
â€” Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) February 28, 2017
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Supreme Court Responds Trump’s Request to Block Access to White House Records: ‘Denied’
The U.S. Supreme Court has ended Donald Trump’s multiple attempts to block access to documents from his years in the White House, telling the former president, request “denied.”
Trump had tried to block the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack from gaining access to those records. The Supreme Court, three of its six conservatives appointed by Trump himself, rejected his demand.
“Trump had lost efforts in two lower federal courts to block the panel from getting more than 700 pages of records,” CNBC reports. “He had argued that he had the authority as a former president to invoke executive privilege to prevent disclosure of the records.”
The vote reportedly was 8-1, with Justice Clarence Thomas the only one to side with Trump.
‘You Always Ask Me the Nicest Questions’: Biden Takes Down Doocy as Press Conference Nears End
About 90 minutes into President Joe Biden’s press conference, just as it was about to end, Fox News’ Peter Doocy called out a question and the President was only too happy to indulge him.
“You always ask me the nicest questions,” President Biden jovially responded to Doocy’s yelling, adding: “None of them make a lot of sense to me.”
Apparently desperate to prove him wrong, the Fox News correspondent declared, “Why are you trying in your first year so hard to pull the country so far to the left?”
President Biden didn’t get angry. He merely replied, “Well, I’m not.”
“I don’t know what you consider to be ‘too far to the left,'” President Biden continued, proceeding to rattle off a list of accomplishments that are pretty well-received and supported.
“In fact, we’re talking about making sure that we had the money for COVID making sure we had the money to put together the bipartisan infrastructure and making sure we’re able to provide for those things that in fact, we significantly reduced the burden on working class people but make them have to continue to work hard. I don’t know how that is pointed to the left. If you may recall. I, you guys have been trying to convince me that I am Bernie Sanders. I’m not, I like him but I’m not Bernie Sanders. I’m not a socialist. I’m a mainstream Democrat and I have been.”
“48 of the 50 Democrats supported me in the Senate on virtually every thing I’ve asked.”
President Biden then continued to take questions for a total of nearly two hours. The press conference is ongoing as of this publishing.
Fox News' Peter Doocy: "Why are you trying so hard in your first year to pull the country so far to the left?"
Biden: "Well, I'm not … I'm not Bernie Sanders, I'm not a socialist, I'm a mainstream Democrat." pic.twitter.com/m7bj4Hq1nU
— The Recount (@therecount) January 19, 2022
‘Name Me One Thing’: Biden Blasts Republicans for Not Being ‘For’ Anything
During his press conference Wednesday afternoon President Joe Biden blasted the Republican Party, suggesting they stand for nothing.
“Think about this: What are Republicans for?” the President asked. “What are they for? Name me one thing they’re for.”
“And so, the problem here is, I think what I have to do,” Biden said, noting a change in tactics, “I have to make clear to the American people what we are for,” referring to his Democratic Party.
Republicans during the 2020 presidential election literally stood for nothing: they didn’t bother to craft a 2020 platform.
“What are Republicans for? What are they for? Name me one thing they’re for.” — President Biden pic.twitter.com/b9V8NwUzwC
— The Recount (@therecount) January 19, 2022
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