White lady billionaire, Betsy DeVos, has moved beyond grizzly bears and guns to explore a whole new territory in the Trumpist landscape of racist delusion. In describing the origins of historically black colleges and universities as an example of "school choice," DeVos shows that, 1) she is as ignorant as most people suspect, or 2) she is ideologically driven to turn a huge element of the historic black struggle for education into a minstrel sideshow to mis-educate an audience stupid enough to believe what she says. This is from the Press Release yesterday:
. . . .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. . . .
What DeVos and the Trump crumbs demonstrate is a clear attempt to justify segregation as a choice that existed when segregation was the only choice. One option a choice does not make.
In pretending that Jim Crow Era black citizens preferred segregated schools, DeVos attempts to rationalize the expanding resegregation of the poor, black, and brown in corporate welfare reform charters, or private schools desperate enough to accept a cheap voucher that no quality private school could accept as payment.
Such a public statement shows in ghastly detail what a civil wrong looks like when painted as a civil right.