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Betsy DeVos Says HBCUs are Pioneers of School Choice. She Is A Fucking Idiot. You Know This. But Still.

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You know how you know somebody is batshit crazy based on what you already know or what they’ve been convicted of, but then they level up, just to prove it to you? Betsy DeVos just did that. Nothing about this woman screams “let her lead the children to the promised land” but yet and still here we are. And since she’s here, she’s like, “hey, fuck it, let’s go ahead and rewrite history and talk about HBCUs, you know, since we have an extra 13 minutes…yo, dictator…dictate this…”

From the Department of Education website:

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement after meeting with presidents and chancellors of Historically Black Colleges and Universities at the White House:

A key priority for this administration is to help develop opportunities for communities that are often the most underserved. Rather than focus solely on funding, we must be willing to make the tangible, structural reforms that will allow students to reach their full potential.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have done this since their founding. 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.

HBCUs 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.

Their counsel and guidance will be crucial in addressing the current inequities we face in education. I look forward to working with the White House to elevate the role of HBCUs in this administration and to solve the problems we face in education today.

Oh, for fuck’s sake.

I don’t even know where to start. Even by Trumpian standards, this is some next level shit. To discuss the founding and inception of HBCU’s without mentioning segregation…I mean, I’m speechless. It’s why I’m writing this; I literally can’t speak. To imply that HBCUs started because a bunch of Black students were basically waiting on schools to take them off the waitlist is fucking unconscionable. And I’ve never used that word before. I’ve never been in a position to use it before. So black students were all chillin, refreshing their computers for acceptance letters all the live long day, and somebody was like…yo…let’s just start our own schools. There’s too many of us and not enough schools to educate us, equally, silly. It had noooooothing to do with the fact that white schools really weren’t fucking with The Blacks like that at all. For like, for real. Nope.


School choice? Really? School choice implies OPTIONS. HBCUs weren’t filled with a bunch of students who made the choice we can make today of Harvard versus Howard. Nawl. My God what an irresponsible statement. Pioneers? They were pioneers in education for Blacks, but in school choice????? We ain’t have any options, b. It was pretty much read and die. Education? Folks died for less. Black schools were borne out of necessity and included (largely) white folks who had money and probably felt like, sure, give them their own schools, THAT WAY we don’t all have to go to school together. They decided that while a white education was probably not in the cards, educating Black students might not be so bad, too. So, many HBCUs grew out of this desire to keep shit “separate, but equal” though that term wouldn’t even exist formally until well after many HBCUs were established. And even then, that doctrine is rooted in racism because equality means equal access to resources, and we all know access to resources has never been high on America’s list of priorities for minorities.

But how is that even choice as its being described, anyway? Comparing HBCUs to the current school choice political environment is about as idiotic as one can get. The CURRENT battle is rooted in what provision of an entitlement to K-12 education looks like. Meanwhile, back in slavery days and even AFTER the Civil War, it was you either don’t go to college or you go to an HBCU. Sure, some Black people managed to attend and graduate from some of the upper echelon schools. But if you’ll recall from the Book of The South, large scale integration in the public sphere only happened, by law/force, in the 1950s. There are reasons why we know the names of individuals who attempted to integrate PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES, like James Meredith. That’s not exercising options, it’s availing yourself of the only option you have. We’re comparing apples and Black power fists, here. HOW IT HAPPEN? WHY IT HAPPEN?

I’m actually dumbfounded that she’s using HBCU’s as a justification for school choice in America’s public K-12 education. Dumb. Founded.

I have to give a handclap to Mrs. DeVos for teaching us not to underestimate the shear insanity of white folks who are out here whitefolkin’. Also, you know for a FACT that there were no Black people involved in the creation of that press release because even the MOST conservative Black cat on the planet would have to raise a flag on that statement.

I hope.

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  • Kylroy

    “…even the MOST conservative Black cat on the planet would have to raise a flag on that statement.”

    Eh, I can see Ben Carson letting it slide.

    • Other_guy13

      They already rushing to her and Kelly’s defense…I can’t with them

    • Tam

      Pyramids and all

    • Negro Libre
      • Kylroy

        Ah yes, Trump’s resident Ambien-American.

      • Another Man’s Rhubarb

        I needed that chuckle. Thanks. :)

    • I_AmU

      Omarosa and Clarence Thomas too.

  • Other_guy13

    Any VSS want bail money or can you just do it for the culture?

    • HouseOfBonnets

      Well you know I live for a good slap lol

      • L8Comer

        A hot slap! As Nonya would say

    • Maine&Grace

      Please tell me wheee this scene is from.

      • Wowza23

        Waiting to Exhale.

      • Other_guy13

        Waiting to Exhale

    • Mary Burrell

      Yeah love this scene from Waiting To Exhail.

    • M60A1

      Lock the bitch up.

    • Shyyyt, I need that bail.

  • Tam

    Worker drones incoming

    • Other_guy13

      I may need to hide my face again

      • Tam

        Do what’s safe honey

  • Janelle Doe

    Sorry I know we are done with this and have moved on to more important things but dude at minute 4:38 is me …

    • Other_guy13

      Oh…just seeing this…that was bad

  • LadiDD

    Of course what she said was stupid because her only qualifiers are: she’s a rich, mediocre white woman.

    She is basically the EXACT example of how racist white people think affirmative action works.

    • LMNOP

      I would say she is pretty far from even being mediocre, like I don’t even know if becoming mediocre is a realistic goal for her.

      • LadiDD

        Ugh mabe just… ugh…

        Can Ugh be a better description for her?

    • Shay

      Mediocre is generous. She is well below average on every scale. Marrying well does much for the village idiot.

      • LadiDD

        That’s true, to be mediocre you have to have some sort of talent. Like Taylor Swift sings…Ok.. Just not good.

        She has nothing of value.

      • Kylroy

        She didn’t even *need* to marry well, she was already a billionaire by birth.

        • Shay

          Just ugh. I don’t need these daily reminders of how unfair life is.

      • She was already rich and got richer.

    • JBusy

      Agreed – she’s way below mediocre. I’m kinda mediocre (sorry…I peaked in grad school). Reince Preibus is mediocre. This chick is just… well below average.

      • LMNOP

        Dangerously incompetent.

        • Another Man’s Rhubarb

          Brilliant – that’s it. The entire administration is *legitimately* dangerously incompetent.

      • Shay

        Yea wants you go this low its amazing one can put one foot in front of the other.

        • LMNOP

          I’m surprised she can manage to not put her clothes on backwards.

          • Nik White

            She probably has a valet to lay them out or she wears Garanimals.

      • Kylroy

        Reince has had to actually make rent at points in his life. Betsy’s never had to do anything she didn’t want to…so wrecking our schools is apparently her idea of fun.

    • Other_guy13


    • TheUnsungStoryteller

      Man…that’s so messed up: “No Dogs, Negroes, Mexicans”. I couldn’t even imagine myself living back in those days. I want to say that I would be that ONE that would dare to drink out of the White water fountain or go into a place not designated for me, but it takes a mighty strong person who understands the consequences (and is brave enough to suffer and/or die) to do that.

      • Diego Duarte

        Well said. This is pretty much like talking back to a police officer nowadays. Is it worth the effort to confront them regarding your rights? If you’re black chances are you’ll risk your life doing this.

  • Courtney Wheeler

    I think I have to take a break from reading the news this week. 4 years of this stuff….

    4 years..

    • Other_guy13

      Gone be a struggle

    • LadiDD

      Well you have to know when the First Hunger/Purge games are going to happened….

      • Courtney Wheeler

        I think the second year of this mans presidency they’ll start calling the dollar rubles…

  • Brooklyn_Bruin

    I mean they left out the Hee-brues on hollow cost remembrance day.

    It’s like they got some Breibart commenters to come up with the best possible trolls

  • JBusy
  • Negro Libre

    Yeah a lot of original HBCU’s created in the late 19th century early 20th century, came about due to trends in academia and sophisticated society that upheld Francis Galton’s theories on Eugenics. They felt a need to create schools for young minorities and others, that would ensure that there would be little to no interaction, especially chexual, between the classes and the races, lest you spoil the gene pool. It was considered to be “progressive” to support these types of policies.

    It’s one of the downsides of focusing just on “violent” results of an idea, and not the idea and the institutions that were created in it’s name in the name of benevolence, when dealing with history. Some of the most effed up things done in the history of this country, have been done in the name of empathy and altruism. Which is why people should look at Devos with mad suspicion.

    • Trill Mickelson

      Francis Galton is a very prominent pioneer in my field and whenever his name is brought up, I’m always like “but y’all know he wasn’t ish as a human being, right?”

      • Negro Libre

        Francis Galton was probably a genius, but he was also an effed up person to the nth degree. His history and legacy have been severely whitewashed.

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