What a sad way to end Black History month with not one but two disturbing stories.
First up - Betsy "Get Her a Clue" DeVos was with the president, meeting leaders from historically black colleges and universities. From the Washington Post on DeVos' remarks:
HBCUs “started from the fact that there were too many students in America who did not have equal access to education,” the statement read. “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.”Well, it's more like Jim Crow laws and trying to have ANY option, Betsy. This story also features a photo many of you may have seen of Kellyanne Conway, senior advisor, with her feet on a couch in the Oval Office as all these higher ed leaders look on. Let's say it together, "Get your feet off the couch." (Actually her shoes are not even in front of the couch so I guess you can assume it was her feet in her shoes on the couch.)
“HBCUs,” it continued, “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.”
The other story is about an assault at a high school in Idaho where three white football players attacked the only black student at their high school - who was developmentally disabled and thought they were his friends - and shoved a hanger into his ass. A judge gave no jail time to one of them and said the attack was neither sexual nor racial. Via NPR:
On Friday, as he issued the final sentencing, he also discounted testimony of racist remarks toward the black player and concluded that the assault was not racially motivated.But you know what this attack was - without a doubt? An attack on a person with disabilities who was deliberately targeted. This attack was one that all parents of students with disabilities fear.
What's on your mind?