Outrageous Cartoon Depicting Betsy DeVos As Ruby Bridges Slammed With Reactions Of Absolute Disgust

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 01: Betsy DeVos, nominee for education secretary, poses for a photo before a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the Capitol, December 1, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Outrageous Cartoon Depicting Betsy DeVos As Ruby Bridges Slammed With Reactions Of Absolute Disgust

The GOP is really winning at Black History Month.

Published February 15, 2017

  1. A cartoon by Glenn McCoy defending Betsy DeVos has sparked national outrage

    The image was published by Belleville News-Democrat on Sunday after DeVos was met by protesters when she visited a public school earlier in the week. 

    While trying to enter a Washington, D.C. public school, DeVos was physically blocked by protesters. Although she turned away and left the school, she soon returned and entered through a different door. 

  2. The cartoon compared DeVos to Ruby Bridges, the first Black student to attend an all-white school in the south during the height of Jim Crow
  3. The image of DeVos somehow suggests that the struggle of a billionaire to enter a public school is similar to that of a vulnerable Black child during the civil rights movement
  4. The cartoon of DeVos has been labeled abhorrent and offensive
  5. The brave story of Ruby Bridges is in no way comparable to a rough day at the office for DeVos

    On Nov. 14, 1960, 6-year-old Ruby Bridges was escorted into the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans. Due to the overwhelming fury of white protesters, four U.S. marshals walked with Bridges and her mother. 

    After that afternoon, painter Norman Rockwell was so inspired he created what became an classic American painting titled "The Problem We All Live With.” The painting graced the cover of Life magazine in 1964, according to the Washington Post. 

  6. Placing Devos in a similar image to a child who endured racism and hate has reminded many how out-of-touch and privileged some members of the GOP are
  7. Bridges, who currently sits on the board of the Norman Rockwell Museum, will always remain an American hero and icon

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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