HBCU Bethune-Cookman University Welcomes Betsy DeVos As Keynote Speaker

Written by on May 1, 2017

Billionaire Betsy DeVos Insults HBCUs With Controversial Comments

Photo of Betsy DeVos courtesy of NBC News.

If you’ve read the headline and wondered just what happened when those HBCUs administrators and presidents were standing around President Cheeto Face for that awkward photo (the one with Kellyanne Conway with her feet on the couch) — here’s your answer.

Betsy DeVos, according to The Washington Post, will be saluting the next wave of black-and-brown graduates as the keynote commencement speaker at Bethune-Cookman University in Florida next week. It is somewhat baffling if you think about it under the context of how DeVos earned her nomination. Before becoming Secretary of Education, she famously flubbed that HBCUs were the “true pioneers of school choice,” rather than acknowledge the fact that black-and-brown students weren’t allowed to attend colleges and universities with the whites.

Bethune-Cookman University, which was founded by Mary McLeod-Bethune, hasn’t resonated well with alumni and those familiar with the school’s history. Her status as a rich contributor to President Agent Orange also can’t help but to concern anyone who feels she has used money to gain access. Points deducted from the Bethune-Cookman University staff, record label and muthaeffin’ crew, too, for giving the woman who said thisthis, this and this a platform to share such insane rhetoric.

An online petition with over 3,000 digital signatures is asking that DeVos not be the commencement speaker as of this Monday (May 1) afternoon. “The petition argues that the Trump administration’s actions on lending make it more difficult for students to pay for college and pay down their debt, and that DeVos does not have an understanding of the importance of historically black colleges,” reports The Washington Post.

We agree with the petitioners in rescinding Betsy DeVos’ invitation to speak at this year’s graduation ceremony.

H/T: The Root

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