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Congressman John Conyers, Jr Condemns Insulting Statement By Betsy Devos on HBCUs (1683 hits)

Congressman John Conyers, Jr (MI-14) today released the following statement:

“Last night, the Department of Education published a press release with a quote from Secretary of Education Betsy Devos that is shocking and insulting. In her statement, Mrs. Devos says that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were “started from the fact that there were too many students in America who did not have equal access to education,” and that therefore they are “real pioneers when it comes to school choice.”

“Let’s be clear, HBCUs were started because of Jim Crow laws. Black students did not “choose” HBCUs over the all-white colleges -- they were barred from attending due to their race. This statement by Mrs. Devos reveals either a stunning ignorance of history on the part of the person tasked with overseeing our nation’s education system, or an inability to acknowledge our nation’s shameful history of racial discrimination in education, both public and private.

“These statements are not surprising. Mrs. Devos’s “work” in Michigan pushing for an education system that increases segregation, improves schools for wealthy students, and destroys choices in minority and underserved communities, should have disqualified her from serving in her current position. As should the fact that neither she nor her family have ever attended or worked in a public school, and she appears to be wholly ignorant of even the basic principles of either teaching or educational management.

“Every day of this administration brings a new level of incompetence and insincerity. Yesterday’s attempt to whitewash the stain of segregation into an argument for privatizing our public schools is perhaps a new low in her current position. I condemn this misguided statement, and I urge her to continue meeting with the leadership of our nation’s HBCUs to better understand their mission and how the Department can better adopt policies to expand equal access to quality education.”
Posted By: Reginald Culpepper
Tuesday, February 28th 2017 at 2:31PM
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Mr. Culpepper,

It would help Mr. Culpepper if you would have posted your opinion rather than Mr. John Conyers Junior’s opinion. I’ve had experience with you in the past posting other people’s opinions and when I tear apart the person’s opinion that you supposedly is supporting by posting the person’s opinion you would do an about-face and claim that isn’t your opinion!

Can you point out the insulting statement that Congress man John Conyers Jr. accuse Sec. Betsy Devos made?

Here we are again! You are supporting Mr. Conyers opinion that Ms. Betsy Devos have made an insult and statement! Consequentially, if Mr. Conyers opinion is wrong then you are wrong logically speaking, but instead of learning from Mr. Conyers mistake you escape to the trapdoor by divorce and yourself from the very blog you posted! You are a cheap crook Mr. Culpepper.


Thursday, March 2nd 2017 at 3:44AM
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