Betsy DeVos Made An Appearance At A Historically Black University.. It Didn’t Go Well For Her
Betsy DeVos delivered a commencement remark at Bethune-Cookman University on Wednesday, but she didn’t get the welcome she was expecting.
The secretary of education was met with boos, was shouted at, and students who kept telling her to “go home!”
It took only two minutes of non-stop booing for the university’s president, Edison Jackson, to stop DeVos to address the students disrupting her.
“Choose which way you want to go,” he said.
DeVos kept speaking through the boos and tried to reach out to the students.
“We support you, and we will continue to support you,” she said.
Prior to her appearance, students signed petitions and delivered them to Jackson, urging him to disinvite DeVos from the commencement ceremony.
“Secretary DeVos has no understanding of the importance, contributions, and significance of HBCUs,” said a Change.org petition signed by more than 8,000 people.
After meeting with leaders of HBCUs in February, DeVos began a controversy with her statement that called HBCUs “real pioneers when it comes to school choice.”
HBCUs “are living proof that when more options are provided to students, they are afforded greater access and greater quality,” she said. “Their success has shown that more options help students flourish.”
She didn’t address that most HBCUs were created because black students were not allowed to attend white segregated schools.