People Cannot Believe Betsy DeVos's Ignorant and Segregationist Claim That HBCUs Were 'Pioneers in School Choice'

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 17:  Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to be the next Secretary of Education, testifies during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill  January 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. DeVos is known for her advocacy of school choice and education voucher programs and is a long-time leader of the Republican Party in Michigan.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

People Cannot Believe Betsy DeVos's Ignorant and Segregationist Claim That HBCUs Were 'Pioneers in School Choice'

On second thought, yes they can.

Published February 28, 2017

In a statement released on Monday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos described historically Black colleges as "real pioneers when it comes to school choice." DeVos's statement has since been met with extreme criticism and anger. 

  1. “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,” DeVos said about HBCUs.

    However, the school choice argument is one often used by proponents of charter schools, which DeVos has actively supported. Additionally, her argument rings eerily similar to the separate but equal argument of giving people a choice to get an education where they want and not where the government tells them too.

    DeVos statements outraged many because it ignores the fact that HBCUs were created because Black people were denied entry into the institutions that they wanted to attend. 

  2. People could not believe that DeVos made such an ignorant statement while Trump hosted leaders of HBCUs in the white house
  3. Additionally, DeVos's statements ignore the harm and pain of Jim Crow
  4. DeVos championing of school choice and voucher system has created a fear that student of HBCUs understand

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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