Students’ Insult to DeVos Embarrasses HBCUs

I was a little concerned when Donald Trump won. I didn’t believe the “fake news” that Trump was racist─sure, his father was arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally, but that was his father; Bill Clinton in the 1990s praised the United Daughters of the Confederacy multiple times─I just figured since Trump won without the black vote, he would follow Republican orthodoxy.

In other words, I thought we’d hear arguments about how historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are anachronistic, or worse, racist. The latter, of course, is a false charge, as I have taught students from Saudi Arabia and Iran at my HBCU, and when a white student saw a point I was making about compound interest and student debt, that was such a pleasing moment for me as a teacher, I told it to a Fox Business reporter.

That is, I thought it was a false charge until I saw the reaction of the students at the historically black Bethune-Cookman College─hereafter dubbed “Beffune” students─to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

I found it hard to watch─and I saw the “Spice Girls” movie in full. It was embarrassing to see the students jeering and turning their backs on an invited guest who had done them no harm. The president of the college had to scold them as if they were in kindergarten.

align=”right” I wonder if the shouting students could name any policies of Mrs. DeVos that warranted such behavior. Is it that she attended private schools? So did President Obama’s children. As for the public schools that Obama’s education secretary, Arne Duncan, once ran in Chicago, every few weeks one hears of a shooting, brawl, or sadistic torture scene captured on Facebook Live.

True, Mrs. DeVos supports school choice, but so does Senator Cory Booker; yet, if that slightly beige, pedicured senator had been the speaker, the students would have been lining up to take photographs with him.

My own HBCU has invited former Vice Presidential plagiarist Joe Biden to speak. His academic dishonesty and his low class rank while in law school─76th out of 85─make him a curious choice for a university commencement speaker, but I wonder if our debt-laden students will turn their back on the man who, in 2005, voted to change the bankruptcy laws.  The changes made it almost impossible to get a clean slate.  (The change rewarded all the national banking constituents in Delaware, his real masters.)

No protestors ever attacked the car of an Obama cabinet member, as happened earlier in the year when DeVos visited a school. The real “fascists” have revealed themselves.

I wonder if the shouting students could name any policies of Mrs. DeVos that warranted such behavior. Is it that she attended private schools? So did President Obama’s children. As for the public schools that Obama’s education secretary, Arne Duncan, once ran in Chicago, every few weeks one hears of a shooting, brawl, or sadistic torture scene captured on Facebook Live.

I am guessing that none of those Beffune slacktivists would lift a finger to stop a real instance of racism. I had to flee my previous institution, the predominately white Vanderbilt University, where Klan-supporting terrorists were telling me, “I hope you are killed in the most violent, bloody way possible…,” beginning a 10-year odyssey that took me to MIT, Harvard, Stanford University, and Caltech before I found safe harbor at Baltimore’s historically black college, Morgan State University. (Yes, this happened in the 21st century.) But whenever I asked black American student groups to help, I heard crickets.

These Beffune students, unless they were especially precocious, only have known an America with a half-black president, one where the racial climate has improved so much that we can put “1776-2008” on the gravestone of American Racism.  Kellyanne Conway, a gracious, conservative white woman, and counselor to President Trump, now is perfectly at ease in the company of black university presidents.

The Trump those infants call a “white supremacist” went out of his way to talk about his plan for rebuilding urban America─black America. Whether or not Trump had heard much about Frederick Douglass before 2017, whether or not DeVos’s staffers know how to spell “DuBois” matters less than what Trump and DeVos are doing, putting money where their mouths are. I was elated at President Trump’s meeting with the presidents of HBCUs. DeVos even met with an HBCU president her second day in office.

The reaction from African-American “adults” has been baffling.

On Facebook you can read warnings of a Trojan Horse. Go to HBCU Digest, and you’ll see comments like “Something wicked this way comes. We have to be very careful when we get into bed with the devil….” “I don’t trust him or his intentions.” Some even interpreted Trump’s order to “just get it [legislation to help HBCUs] done” as “sounds like hurry up and get them out of my house.

Have they all been drinking the water in Flint, Michigan since birth? The Beffune barbarians may have just staged the costliest protest in their university’s history. Trump doesn’t need a single black vote.  African-Americans have no political power that I can see to impose their will upon the governing party.  Trump could defund HBCUs tomorrow and the Supreme Court would rubber-stamp his decision with all deliberate speed. Mrs. DeVos would have to be as forgiving as the blacks who voted for George Wallace to want to go to another HBCU.

It’s always sensible to be wary of a good deal, but I wish black voters were this savvy when Democratic politicians come to their neighborhoods and disappear after the election for four years. While the Washington Post reported in 2015 that “[h]istorically black schools say Obama’s policies have fallen short,” blacks themselves as a rule were Obama’s biggest cheerleaders. Meanwhile, many cash-strapped HBCUs were actually angry when the Koch brothers donated $25 million to the United Negro College Fund.

Give the Kochs and DeVos a chance. Because of the Republicans’ olive branch, I’m personally willing to tutor Kellyanne Conway’s kids in math.

After all, it’s clear what Trump is getting out of the HBCU partnership: goodwill from enough blacks to weaken his Democratic opposition.

Works for me.

Democrats have lost their way. The cities they have led for decades, and the school systems within them, have failed. As President Trump said, they offer nothing but carnage and failure. Of course, the Democrats counsel patience, so their leaders can preserve their riches, preserve their chokehold on urban residents, and condemn those children to illiteracy, joblessness, and homelessness.

What solutions does Chicago native (via Indonesia) Barack Obama have for Chicago? Why won’t he move there at once to stop the carnage?

Betsy DeVos has the answers, and they are simple. That does not mean they are easy–each new generation must find the courage to fight.

If a school is defective, shut it down. Give parents the choice, the opportunity to give their children the American dream. I am pretty sure that even with vouchers, private schools will simply increase their tuitions to keep out teens like the one who threw the 68 year-old woman into the pool, but the status quo is unacceptable.

Let ambitious parents send their children to better schools today.  “Some day” is too late.

Praise hard work, dedication and discipline.  Praise modesty, kindness and decorum. Punish wrongdoers.

Give DeVos a chance. I think she has a true understanding of James Weldon Johnson’s poem, often called the “Negro National Anthem,” “Lift Ev’ry ‘DeVos’ and Sing.” I am certain Booker T. Washington, once a slave, later the founder of Tuskegee University, would rush to embrace her.

We should all do the same. 

***A version of this essay appeared in The Baltimore Sun newspaper.


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192 responses to “Students’ Insult to DeVos Embarrasses HBCUs”

  1. God forbid these kids think for themselves!!! Maybe they can see what a disaster this woman is and will be even if you can’t. GASP

      • Of course you agree. Your earlier post make clear you’ve drank the dem Kool-Aid of victimhood and resentment, rather than actually LOOK at what’s going on.

    • I know, what a disaster. She supports giving poor, minority and inner-city school kids REAL school choice, so they can attend higher-quality private school alternative if THEY choose.
      My kids graduated from a top-notch private school. She wants the same for all kids.
      What an evil woman…

      • right because some rich white school will want inner city kids going to their schools. Dam n you people are naive

      • We not only welcome them, but we give them scholarships as well. My kids’ school awards more than $1 million a year (paid from our tuitions) to kids from all backgrounds.
        It’s a shame your racism keeps you from acknowledging the truth.

      • You actually think a high end school will allow kids who go days without showering or changing clothes because they are dirt poor? Do you think kids with low test scores and grades will be allowed into any school they want? Don’t be so naive

      • So you solution is to keep ALL of them where they are?
        About 20 years ago, a Catholic bishop or cardinal (I can’t remember which) in New York made an offer to the city. He said to send him the bottom 50% of students in the public school system, and he would bring them up to average or better, or their money back.
        He was turned down. By a bunch of idiots.
        You’re the naïve one.

      • haha, because that’s a huckster move. Trump Univ. comes to mind

      • You’re just another race-baiter. No useful thoughts. Just criticism of others.
        That should get you far….

      • He’s not naive, he’s deeply into denial, willing ignorance, if you will !!!

      • You’re what is known as a “useful idiot”. Look it up.
        The teachers unions convince people like you that school choice is bad, so they can protect their union dues and political clout. Their position, which you ignorantly adopt, has absolutely NOTHING to do with the interests of children.
        You are amazingly gullible.

      • So you just go straight for the insults? I notice not one of you can tell me that no kids would be denied their school of choice.

      • No, I only start the insults when it becomes clear, after your multiple posts, that you deserve it.
        No one can guarantee that someone wouldn’t be denied admission to a private school. That’s why vouchers would be usable at public schools as well. What we CAN say, with certainty, is if, as you suggest, we leave ALL the inner city kids in the toilet government run school, the problem will NEVER be solved, because dems have run these cities and schools for decades, and have made ZERO progress cleaning things up. In fact, they continually get WORSE. They get more funding than the average, and they are almost all crappy.
        The Republicans offer an alternative, which is something the teachers unions, and their dem lackies, oppose for political purposes which have NOTHING whatsoever to do with what’s best for kids, and useful ignorant people like you waste our time arguing for continuation of the FAILED status quo.

      • Sooo, why NOT give it a try ???

        Everything the demoKKKrats have done with schools has been a wretched failure, so school vouchers cannot possibly be worse !!!

      • Meanwhile, you went to a public school and so did your kids. Are you saying your are a failure?

      • i’m 74, so that was before the demoKKKrats did their did their destruction !!!

      • You are so profoundly ignorant it seriously is amazing.
        Just like “not all white people are the same”, not all public schools are the same. Suburban public schools, where parents are involved and won’t tolerate the liberal plantation mentality, are fine.
        Inner city schools, run by corrupt liberals, are toilets.
        See the difference, or just choose not to. Your call.
        But don’t criticize others who are smart enough to distinguish between the two.

    • Certainly cannot have blacks getting a real education !!! Heavens NO !!!

      Then they would never vote demoKKKrat again !!!

    • They can’t. They were told, “Two legs bad.”

  2. The white privilege theory was made up because of the utter and complete failure of progressive ideas in inner city America. Liberals had to find a way to justify their titanic failures and blaming whites for all black failures was a perfect way to make the victims feel better and elect more Democrats. Of course no one could take such foolishness seriously unless they attended a public school run by Democrats.

    • …or the complete failure of the republican party to acknowledge institutional racism…

      • the problem with this thinking is that other groups also face racism in the US but succeed. In fact, when it comes to university admittance, Asians face reverse discrimination. Which doesn’t mean everything is peachy for black people. The author even tells us about her experience with racism, which in the 21st century is cringe-worthy and outrageous. It got me angry to read how she was treated. Everyone, white, black or green, should be angry when they hear or see blatant racism and should confront it.

        However, the reality is that racism is not the sole reason that so many blacks fail. Vietnamese kids grow up in poor, urban neighborhoods but manage to succeed. They also encounter racism, they often have less understanding of American culture and speak broken English, but they manage to do better as a whole than black kids. It’s not because they are somehow racially better – black kids have the same potential as other children, but they have to do the same things that other kids do. Anyone of any race can embrace the culture of success… take a look at someone like Ben Carson and what he came from.

        School choice is something that a lot of black parents actually want – whenever there is a lottery offering slots in an inner city school district, there are always way more parents who apply than there are slots. Guess why that is? Because poor parents want their kids to have access to better schools. DeVos might be an idiot and know nothing about the very real struggles that black people face but at least she was willing to reach out. Why would any sane person turn away a possible helping hand? If she champions and helps fund school choice for poor black kids then maybe the kids will get a better education. As long as the kids benefit, who cares if teh person responsible is a Republican? I mean, it should be about helping kids, not about partisan politics.

        And speaking of partisan politics – why is it that blacks love the Dems so much? Detroit has been run by Dems for over 50 years, has that helped the blacks in Detroit? Maybe if both major parties actually had to compete for black votes they’d be more helpful to actual black people.

      • Every ethnic group has faced ugly prejudice when they arrived in U.S. and for decades– after they arrive. And they all overcome the bullying, hatred, name-calling, etc., and it made them Stronger.
        My parents were immigrants, Legal immigrants… and they were ridiculed, mocked, called all kinds of names when they spoke perfect English, but with an accent.
        They were discriminated against in the housing market, etc.
        Blacks are the only ones who continue to struggle, and its mostly due to Democratic Party which has lowered expectations for blacks, which results in making them weak, needy victims.

      • You obviously do since you felt the need to tell us and reply back. Its like shoo ting fish in a barrel at this place.

      • There’s a huge difference between caring about your views and merely comunicating with you that she’s not intimidated. Like I said, typical lefty BS.

      • Never, never, never pass up the opportunity to make an absolute arse of your bigoted self. You do it sooo well !!!

      • First, you called the woman a liar with NO real knowledge of her situation, but with only your own presumption.

        Second, the demoKKKrat party is the embodiment of racism !!!
        The left is fully responsible for the situation in which black people live and, of course, they intend
        to keep it and them just that way. The last thing that a leftist wants is an independent, functional minority population, as they would then lose the vote of that minority. Hence, they go on
        pretending to care but doing absolutely nothing real or different to remedy the situation.
        The left has practically worshiped all kinds of KKK characters like George Wallace and Robert Byrd, and so on…

        Are you aware that more Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than demoKKKrats?

        demoKKKrats House – 63% — Senate – 69%
        Republicans House – 69% — Senate – 82%
        Didn’t think so……Lazy, lazy, lazy!!!

      • Are you ready to be schooled? It was a regional vote, simple jack.

        The original House version:
        Southern Democrats: 8–87 (7–93%)
        Southern Republicans: 0–10 (0–100%)
        Northern Democrats: 145–9 (94–6%)
        Northern Republicans: 138–24 (85–15%)

        The Senate version:
        Southern Democrats: 1–20 (5–95%) (only Ralph Yarborough of Texas voted in favor)
        Southern Republicans: 0–1 (0–100%) (John Tower of Texas)
        Northern Democrats: 45–1 (98–2%) (only Robert Byrd of West Virginia voted against)
        Northern Republicans: 27–5 (84–16%)

      • Note the standard Lefty response when they can’t answer with facts..a personal ad hominum attack. They never change.

      • You clearly don’t know what ad hominem is seeing how you can’t even spell it correctly

      • I do think blacks face worse racism than, say, Hispanics or Asians (just my own personal opinion) but the point is very valid that even some “white” groups have faced discrimination. The Irish, the Italians… the Germans. The Japanese were stuck in internment camps. White Southerners face discrimination in the North (there is a prejudice that people who talk with a deep Southern drawl are stupid). And so on.

        I’m not trying to pretend that there is no racism, just pointing out that there are strategies people can adopt that help them overcome racism. And you are absolutely correct, the strategies that “black leaders” and Democrats push on blacks are often ones that encourage dependency. For example, pushing to have “the man” give them things instead of encouraging blacks to open their own businesses so that they can tell “the man” to go screw himself, they don’t need him…

        I see a lot of Mexican immigrants who barely speak English but they start up their own lawn care businesses and Chinese immigrants who can’t speak English who open laundries and Indian immigrants who own convenience stores and Russian immigrants who open delis… None of this is rocket science, black people could do this too… and in a couple of generations they could, like the immigrants, live a middle class lifestyle…

        BTW, frankly, I’d rather be a tall, slender, attractive black woman than a short, fat blond one simply because the prejudice against fat people is probably stronger than racism in this country… there is a reason people voted for Obama and didn’t vote for Hillary – Obama is physically an attractive man and Hillary really isn’t.

      • You have to realize that the easiest sell of all is liberalism, that you are not responsible for anything and that everything is someone else’s fault, that you are a victim and that you are entitled.

        Blacks in the United States grew up in the Affirmative Action era but they pretend that they grew up in the Jim Crow era. No one alive today ever had slaves nor was a slave, yet blacks want to blame people who had nothing to do with slavery for all of their problems. It will not wash and it will not end well for them. The actual problem is the black culture, which is dysfunctional, rejects education, and glorifies the thug rap culture.

        It is a big fat preposterous lie by the Democrats for political gain, and they do it because it works – Democrats get just about all of the black vote, but this is to the detriment of the nation, it is tearing it apart. Blacks and women and the young are to be blamed for falling for such obvious lies. It is not just the Democrat networks that are the “Enemy of the People,” it is the entire Democratic Party and everyone that votes for them that is the actual Enemy of the People.

      • You only know what its like to be a white person in a majority white country.

      • Oh, here we go…the whole “you don’t know what it’s like so you can’t have an opinion BS.
        That’s where we’re all supposed to bow down in reverence to every black person’s opinion, no matter how skewed, ignorant or bigoted it is.
        The biggest problem in the black community is their own crime, drugs and lack of work ethic. I’m not talking about a majority of blacks here, but probably about 5%. And unfortunately that 5% (or perhaps even less), creates chaos for everyone.
        Do you have any idea how tiresome it is to watch the news, where the newscasters bend over backward to conceal the race of the latest gang violence perpetrators?
        THAT’s also what’s part of the white experience. Pretending we don’t notice the ridiculous amount of criminality and violence in the black community.
        That’s not racism, it’s just a FACT.

      • If that’s so awful, vote with your feet, respect your principles and move. There are plenty of countries where non-whites area majority for you to choose from, and I doubt you’d be missed here.

      • I love this country. Why would I leave? Especially now that we actually have a pro-American president? It’s going to be interesting to stick around and watch him in action.

        But if I chose to, there are four other very desirable countries I and my wife could easily migrate to because of our ethnicity and our previous ties. And if I was a dysfunctional whiner marinating in permanent grievance mode like you, I would. Even if I felt I was constantly being discriminated against and America’s principles were ones I could no longer support. I’d leave. That’s how a personm of principle behaves.

        If you have any real principles you’d do the same, and I could respect that decision.

        (watch how he ignores the challenge I just gave him and focuses on a personal attack on me and on President Trump)

      • Snowflakes are lefties who cry racism and run from debate. You misuse the term, as it probably most applies to YOU!

      • when you make assumptions that just makes an ass … ;)

        I’m not white.

      • Take a look at my picture, you moron. When I lived in the South I was called a “n*gger” and in Indiana I experienced some truly horrible racism. But unlike some people I didn’t let other peoples’ crap define who I am. Just because YOU are a failure (see, you’re not the only one who can make assumptions!) don’t put that on anyone else. Some of us rise above the crap to make something of our lives.

        One thing I can say – most places, most white people I’ve met have not been racist. It’s a few bad apples. One time I was at a party and one idiot made a racist joke, EVERY person at that party ostracized him. They were all white except me, but they ALL snubbed him after he made that joke. AT the church I go to, the Bible study I attend – it’s about 50/50 white and non-white. And we get along just fine. Neighborhood I live in – it’s about 60% white, the rest is different groups – blacks, Mexicans, a few Asians – and we get along fine. Kids play together. Even when I was a kid growing up in NYC, kids from different races played together, that was why I was so shocked when I moved to South Carolina and got called a “n*gger”, it just was so rare where I grew up for people to be that overtly racist.

        Anyway, I’ve said my piece and I’m blocking you ’cause who needs to deal with some idiot who wants to marinate in self-pity instead of taking responsibility for his own life and making positive changes? I like to talk with, hang out with and associate with positive, dynamic people.

      • You picture is of a white woman. Haha omg you are helpless

      • Blacks like Democrats because of the low expectations, the lies, the excuses that Democrats make to excuse blacks from any expectations by society. This is the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations, and people tend to live down to low expectations. Think Duke Lacrosse, Trayvon Martin, the induction – into – sainthood Mother Teresa treatment of Michael Brown who was just on video holding up a store and tried to take a policeman’s gun to kill him with, Twana Brawley, and on and on.

        Blacks love this, they love to be treated as the children of the Democratic Party who never have to grow up as the Democrats will lie and make excuses for them, treating them like 3-year olds that have to be protected by parents. This is for political gain by the Democratic Party using taxpayer money, and it is not for the benefit of blacks.

      • Republicans absolutely acknowledge institutional racism. That’s why we support vouchers, so minority students can escape the biggest institutional barrier to success, which is the crappy public school system the dems insist they cannot leave.
        Open your eyes!

      • Many students who WANT to Learn, are forced to attend failing public schools, which many teachers even refer to as “daycares”.
        School Choice gets the kids who WANT to learn, into a better public school, etc.

      • I agree completely its high time to do away with institutional racism, The Republicans should acknowledge it exist and then move to eliminate all affirmative action and racial quotas.

      • How could we forget it when the left demonstrates it for us on a daily basis ???
        Right now, it is the idea that we should accept that blacks cannot learn to speak standard English !!!

      • Provide people an excuse for failure and they (some) will meet the low expectations.
        Democrats are concerned that trying something different might be successful. They’ve tried the argument that if everyone can’t take advantage of choice, then no one can .

      • There is none. How do you explain 100 percent black cities — or 100 percent black Africa, for that matter, that are STILL failures?
        And please, note, it was blacks who started the slave trade.

      • I don’t talk about “institutional racism” in 2017, because if it exists, it is swamped by other problems facing African-Americans, but it was a problem in 1867 that was so severe its effects lasted until 1967. The black civil rights leaders didn’t assassinate (or “neutralize,” as J. Edgar Hoover put it) themselves. If you destabilize effective black organizations (and national leaders) for long enough, after a while you probably don’t need to do much, if anything, to make sure those populations remain failures.

        As for your statement about who started the slave trade, there are many possible responses. One is that obviously some black king in Africa wasn’t raping Thomas Jefferson’s slaves/daughters.

      • Liek the RACISM of the NBA, which is 75 percent black men and refuses to hire women and balance their work force with whites and Asians?
        Like that racism?

      • The racism I mostly see these days comes from blacks (especially college educated ones) and in some cases, Latinos..It largely targets whites and in some cases Jews.

      • Alex, do you consider yourself an educated person? If so, then you should be aware that making a statement that is not FALSIFIABLE is pseudoscience. The statement that “there is institutional racism” is not falsifiable since one cannot infer universally that all institutions are not racist by finding a few that are not.

        You have been indoctrinated by the Democratic Party into mouthing liberal narratives reflexively and emotionally rather than using your God – given abilities. Note how vague and amorphous the term “institutional racism” is. This type of logic is for low wattage intellectual people, and you should learn to suspect anyone presenting such wildly universal vague claims. Google “falsifiability” for more on this.

      • institutional racism can only exist because a certain part of the community is either too stupid or lazy to progress.. take your pick!

  3. So much of the Black community is wrapped in groupthink, they’re afraid to step out of line. They are their own worst enemy.

      • Your explanation for Colbert having to inform the cheering audience that they were ‘wrong’ because they didn’t agree with the position the Dems had?

      • Says a Democrat that voted Trump , really you think everyone is so brainwashed that they would vote for one of the most CORRUPT politicians in America just because she is a Democrat or a woman ??
        How do you think Trump won , oh that’s right only old white Republican men voted for him , no all races and sexual orientation, even Democrats voted for him !!

      • Don’t forget those millions of Russians that were flown in to vote. Lol

      • Oh sorry if I sent a wrong response to you was replying to a negative comment and may have hit you by accident sorry if I did .

      • Think again I’m a Democrat that voted Trump because I’m not lead around by the nose , Obama first round after Hillary got out but I’ve learned a lot more about her corrupt ass since then .

      • So Jo Ann, Hillary was corrupt in your very, very small mind? A democrat you call yourself? What a joke. What happens when Drumphf is impeached and jailed? You’ll be that smart Democrat that voted for him, right? You voted for a fool. But then again, based on your posts, you are one too.

      • Keep hoping and a crying .
        My small mind , to funny you think I’m the only Democratic that voted for Trump and you think your smart ,try again to insult me because you just showed how intelligent you really are !

      • How did I insult you, exactly? I’m sure there are many former democrats that voted for the miserable piece of Sh!t we now call prez. But they are Former, not present democrats. You on the other hand called yourself a democrat because you didn’t know what one was, apparently. I don’t think, I’m smart. That would be ridiculous.

      • Just because you jumped party lines , take a look who you got in the party running it and you act like you are intelligent , if you were you would know the party needs new blood.

      • 1.Less see HILLARY and her Clinton foundation.
        2.Attorney General Loretta Lynch meeting CLINTON on the tarmac .
        3. Elizabeth Warren , faking Native American Heritage to get a Scholarship.
        4. John Podesta failing to disclose 75000 shares of stock from a Kremlin finance company when he joined the Obama white house in 2024 .
        5. Don’t forget how they played Burnie Sanders.
        If you want I could go on bit that is 5 reason I don’t trust the Democratic Eleits

      • You’ve watched way too much fox news. Can you spell? Because your post indicates you can’t. That said, all these were brought up on Fox and not any other “actual” news sources. You talk about Podesta and the Kremlin. But The Donald was and is working with Putin. WTF? Get a grip woman. You’re clearly lost.

    • The incident on the Colbert show recently…… where the liberal audience clapped in response to Trump firing Comey, and Colbert was clearly surprised, startled: He expected them to Boo, protest ….
      That was very telling.
      Trump has the Democrats clearly off-balance. They think they know him, but they DON’T. They don’t know the American people either.

      • They thought that they had imported enough voters that patriotic Americans would be overwhelmed at the voting booth.

    • This is not limited to the black community, it affects the cognitive function of the Mindless Foot Soldiers of the Democratic Party – the young, women, and minorities. It is the same thing that you saw at Clairemont, at Berkeley, at UCSD, … the same thing you see in liberal students in just about all the universities of this nation. This is a lost generation of students, they are an indoctrinated cult, they have lost the ability to think independently, they are spoiled infantilized children in grown bodies, they are un-educated un-skilled un-curious but somehow take themselves very seriously. Our universities, all of them, not just HBC, are producing defective products in these students. They are not even patriotic Americans, they have been indoctrinated by the Democrats into thinking that this nation is racist, greedy, oppressive, imperialistic, and all the rest of the lies. This generation is a disgrace to their ancestors who died in battle for this nation.

      The problem is that the Democratic Party has no ideas no argument nothing but name-calling and they know it. They know that they cannot intellectually match a Ben Shapiro or Milo or Charles Murray or anyone else, so they indoctrinate our weakest minded people (women, the young, and minorities) to PREVENT any rational discussion. These students are puppets on a string and they do not get it. They are losers who think that they are special just because they are young and do not get that they will not always be young. They will live sad unproductive lives.

  4. Historically Black Diploma Mills: Just another form of Affirmative Action.

  5. Maybe these students were upset about DeVos’s statement that HBCU’s were a perfect example of school choice (considering HBCU’s were founded because African Americans had no choice) or Trump’s signing statement that federal funding of HBCU’s was unconstitutional, or maybe they were upset because they feel that DeVos and Trump lead to comments such as MMA-Miami Rocks below.

    • Who cares why they were upset? We are discussing college students and not nursery school children, right? Right? Did they miss their naps? Lose their binkis?

      Indeed, their inappropriate expression of their being upset makes me not care one bit about why they are upset. If they had approached the subject as adults, their ideas might get adult consideration. If they throw temper tantrums like 4 year olds, they deserve to be treated as such.

      • So what other method did they have for expressing their displeasure with DeVos’s and the president’s statements. None of them was being given the opportunity to respond to DeVos. Basically, you’re saying they should just sit there and shut up. I guess freedom of speech (even if it’s limited to booing and turning their backs) is something only you can enjoy. And by the way, no matter what they did or didn’t do, you don’t care one bit about why they are upset. I’m surprised you didn’t up vote MMA- Miami Rocks along with Ed Brault and MDavis.

      • Sure, sure, everyone is a racist.

        They are completely free to interrupt a speech, I agree. That doesn’t make it classy or appropriate or mature. Indeed, rude is rude.

        Sit there and shut up? Someone dragged them to a speech of hers? They couldn’t have known she was speaking and thought it was a Snoop Dog concert but were tricked? Oh, they choose to go to a “speech”. You know, where a person comes and speaks. Do they not teach the difference between a “speech” and a “debate” in public schools anymore?

        When could they have responded? You are just pretending here. There is a multitude of places and you know it. Outside the place in which the speech was held? In the college news papers? Heck, they could undoubtedly get a hall to hold their own speeches on how much they opposed her and probably already have and probably will again. Yeah, Leftists college students are constantly being denied their right to speak.

        “Care one bit about why they are upset”? They are throwing a tantrum in support of idiotic union talking points. You are correct about that, I don’t care a bit about that.

      • Maybe Marshall, they chose to go the event because it was their graduation ceremony. And not mentioned in this article is the fact that thousands of them petitioned the school not to have her speak at their graduation but were ignored. Maybe you should get all the facts before condemning people. And why are you bringing in union talking points. Finally Marshall, you are denying this group of people their right to free speech because you are criticizing their exercise of the their right.

      • You are responding to the voices in your head. You clearly did not respond to what I wrote.

        You seem to imply that the heckler’s veto is some kind of moral position. They don’t want her at the speech so they can force their beliefs on the college or they are not free?!

        Since you are intellectually consistent, if a student petitions for a college to not have Joe Biden at a commencement speech then he must be uninvited or they are “denying their right to exercise free speech”? Just kidding, I know that you are unfamiliar with the phrase “intellectual consistency”. You do know how to call people racist though!

        Criticizing their exercise of free speech doesn’t deny them anything. Indeed, MY free speech is just like theirs. They can criticize me and I can criticize them.

      • Sure I did Marshall. You criticized these students because they exercised their free speech. You essentially said they should just sit down and shut up. That has been the theme of all your posts to me. I have consistently responded that they have the right to boo and turn their backs.

      • And he issued a signing statement questioning the constitutionality of federal money being given to HBCU’s. So which is it? Will he break with his statement about HBCU’s being a priority and justify the action by the constitutionality of actually making them a priority. That’s my problem with Trump – he speaks out of both sides of his mouth.

      • So which is it Jonathan, he thinks federal monetary support is unconstitutional or he has unwavering support. Will he stop federal funding of these institutions while moaning it’s not his choice. Seems to me he his talking out of both sides of his mouth.

  6. considering devos’ and trump’s ignorance of hbcus it’s not surprising at all. and devos is insanely unqualified to lead any department. her only qualification came from her massive campaign donations.

    • Yeah, her massive campaign donations to candidates who support school choice, so minority kids can get the same quality of education, and access to superior quality schools, that their white neighbors already enjoy.
      What a terrible person she is!!!
      You are really ignorant.

  7. It’s perfectly clear that Betsy DeVos has always had as her main purpose the improvement of a child’s education, any child’s. It’s also perfectly clear from the comments here of her detractors that maintaining the status quo is more important than the improvement of a child’s education, particularly of a black child’s education.

    So, sensible people ignore her detractors and support her in her mission, hoping something good will come of it. We simply have to do something to help center-city parents get their children better educations than many of them are able to secure today.

      • Betsy DeVos has successfully championed charter schools in Michigan. In state after state, charter schools have been the only salvation for black parents looking for a better education for their children. Liberals fight charters regardless how popular they are with their center-city constituents. That’s patently obvious.

        President Obama even tried to restrict the DC charter school effort when he was president. When it comes to kowtowing to the public school teachers unions, liberal politicians have no equal.

        DeVos isn’t trying to shut down the public school system, by the way. She’s simply trying to ensure that parents have options, some of which will hopefully be better than the only choice many of them have now. Liberal politicians, however, can’t abide choice, at least in education. They make that perfectly clear every time the topic arises.

      • Hey, you want to remain ignorant, have at it.
        My kids graduated from awesome private schools and are now at awesome private universities, getting ready for awesome careers.
        You apparently don’t want that for black kids.
        In all your asinine posts, I haven’t seen ONE constructive solution, just whining and bitching.

  8. I honestly wonder what they are teaching these young people at the HBCU’s. I worked with a graduate from one such school years ago. He was fun at a party, and a really nice person, but if the subject of race came up (and he brought it up quite frequently), he was chock full of conspiracy theories about white people colluding to keep him and others down, like the people around him were all part of some secret society that meets in private to plot his downfall. Weird!
    More troubling, though, is that apparently no one has taught these graduates the old saying about “keep your friends close and your enemies closer”. I’m not saying DeVos is their enemy (she’s actually their friend, but their ignorance keeps them from recognizing that), but they certainly perceive her to be. And being openly disrespectful to someone who, along with her boss, controls your school’s finances (95% of Bethune students receive grants, and about 40% of that is from the federal government) is just plain foolish.
    I run a small business, and there are certainly customers of my business that I don’t like one bit, but NONE of them know it. These Bethune Cookman students could learn a thing or two, after all their years in school, about how to get along in the REAL world outside their liberal enclave.
    I watched the video of their treatment of Ms. DeVos and just shook my head with dismay at their ignorance, but also at the culture of an institution that graduated them with such embarrassingly poor manners.

    • Back when Eddie Murphy was on SNL they did a skit where Eddie dresses up in white makeup. He goes through a series of events where, once all the black people are gone, whites experience exceptional privileges. When the last black person gets off of the city bus, there are all of a sudden cocktail waitresses and music playing. At the bank, the man tells him “take as much as you want and pay it back whenever you like, or not at all”

      The skit was funny because it showed the absurdity of what today is seriously referred to as “white privilege”. The activists at this college have become parodies.

      • I remember the skits. Hilarious.
        Today he’d be run out of town for such humor. The campus snowflakes and race-hustlers would have a conniption.

    • Ms De Vos is only a vehicle for them to. Up their social justice warrior staure

  9. School Choice is such a no-brainer. It benefits the poor and minorities more than anything else.
    Betsy DeVos is proving to be a very strong role model for women, as she’s not buckling to criticism or hateful protesters trying to block her from entering schools, etc.
    Most university students today are so disappointing, they’re “sheeple”, followers, they’re NOT thinking on their own.
    They’ve been indoctrinated with micro-aggression courses, virtue signaling, moral relativism, etc.

      • Those who have a brain use facts and logic to make their point. Others such as you resort to juvenile, fact-free personal attack.

      • An ad hominem attack does not constitute an argument. Please see me separate post above on the main thread where I ask two foundational questions. If you can’t answer those questions with fact-based logical responses, you have no basis upon which to argue against school choice. I eagerly await your response to those questions.

      • Ok folks, “no brain” was a poor choice of words. The reality is that when people are indoctrinated, as leftists are, it is a matter of not using one’s brain, of emoting with pre-determined liberal victimhood narrative rather than responding with reason.

      • Try volunteering in an inner city school, and tell me that it’s working. Or tell me how it can be fixed within the current system.

        I DARE ya.

  10. Author’s lack of understanding of what DeVos stands for and how it will hurt the African American community as a whole is pretty sad. His attempts at denigrating humor (e.g. “Buffune slcktivists”) only denigrates himself and defeats what passes for his argument.

    • Why don’t YOU explain how she will hurt people?
      Giving vouchers to primarily poor and minority students, so they can pursue their dreams at higher quality schools is harmful??? Can’t wait to read your explanation of that!

      • Explain why its a bad thing, to give blacks, poor, minorities who WANT to learn… School Choice?

      • None of you can guarantee those kids would be allowed to go to their school of choice. That’s because you live in a little bubble of naivety

      • So, giving some kids some choice is less preferable than giving every kid zero choices. Awesome logic.

      • That doesn’t address what I said/asked you guys. None of you want to answer it because you know that would happen.

      • You don’t like it, then start a f-ing school. Nobody’s stopping you. You just want to complain about others and blame others for your problem.
        The idea that because EVERY kid couldn’t escape the toilet schools of the inner city means we shouldn’t save anyone is that same kind of stupid opinion that animates the people turning their backs on Ms. DeVos. The self-righteous stupidity of it all is mindblowing.
        It’s also why the inner city rioters burn down their own neighborhoods. Ignorance.

      • But if schools have to compete for the best and brightest, it will make public schools become better educators too. Or hopefully anyway.

      • True because the teachers union blocks school choice.

    • Please explain how giving the poor, minorities, and blacks who WANT to learn, School Choice…. how does that hurt them?

    • I am impressed by your discipline as a useful idiot!

    • I am not one of the Beffune slacktivists, so that joke does not “denigrate” me. (Incidentally, that’s a word I never use; look at its root!)

      Feel free to educate us on “what DeVos stands for.”

  11. The self-imposed apartheid is a great thing for the cultural preservation of America. More please!

    • It hasn’t been that many years ago that I would have thought you terribly racist for that statement. Now I am in complete agreement.

  12. What embarrasses these “HBCUs” is the embarrassing low SAT and admissions standards of these largely poor students. And further embarrassment is that 85% of the blacks who take the SATs get scores so low that the College Board classifies them as incapable of handling a college curriculum, even at institutions as lax as HBCUs.

    • I don’t mind so much how they come in; I’m concerned how they come out. If they come in like Frederick Douglas the slave but leave like Frederick Douglass the orator, I would be happy.

      Many professors and administrators at HBCUs believe it is their mission to take students regardless of how well prepared they are.

      I feel there should be universities that would please a DuBois and universities that would please a Booker T. Washington.

      • It is their mission. Many of those kids go to subpar public schools and it really isn’t their fault that they aren’t prepared as well as someone getting a classical education at a private school. I was not afforded that opportunity either, but I had the aptitude to learn.

        Many of the HBCUs are very good.

  13. Lock-step thinking by those who are spoon fed the ‘thinking’…
    In other words, Black voters vote Democrat about 95% of the time and have for decades.
    So why are so many Black voters still poor?

  14. Let ambitious parents send their children to better schools today. “Some day” is too late.

    I believe I hear an echo of “Why We Can’t Wait,” a book by MLKJr from 1963.

  15. Saying what happened at BCU is a stain on all HBCUs is like saying the KKK puts a stain on all white people. Or Bobby Jones University represents all small southern christian colleges. It’s ridiculous on its face. Each University has its own dynamics. I graduated from an HBCU and taught at one for 35 years.

    • Maybe you wrote this before the HBCU in Texas cancelled its Republican guest.

      • No, every person and organization should be judged on their own decisions and from others in a similar “group”. Decisions made by BCU and their students, faculty, staff and parents should not stain other universities. I support conservatives values when it comes to personal responsibility. Just some recent “graduating” seniors I flunked for not completing their course work on time.

  16. I suggest the Beffune slacktivists find a more congenial educational, work, political and residential environment, most like in the Congo.

  17. Remember only white people can be racist.

  18. We are witnessing most so-called American “Blacks” commit social suicide aided by Democrats.
    Why is this happening?
    The United States is the only country in the world that fought a war to rid itself of black slavery. Hundreds of thousands of descendants of Europeans were killed or maimed to free hundreds of thousands of descendants of Africans. My great grandfather died at Fredericksburg as part
    of the 121st Pennsylvania Volunteers.

    All Americans should resent the accusations of racism carelessly thrown about, and remember African American lives were steadily improving prior to the Civil Rights Legislation of the mid-sixties that paid poor women to have children without a man being in the home.

    And this insanity was hailed as progress by white (and black) leaders!

    Instead of unsheathing the divisive word, Racism, every politician, critic, columnist, student, worker and professor should ask the obvious question: Where are the responsible black men when their children are born? Why is this irresponsibility seldom even mentioned?

    How can “black” society even survive (racism or not) when 73% of all black children cannot
    hold their father’s hand and ask for his approval?

    • Read the post two people after you (by Colt). Sometimes the racist card fits.

  19. If you step into the monkey cage, expect to get hit with some poop!

  20. The sad truth is black Americans really have no one to blame but themselves. They keep marching to the drums of their masters on the Left and Democratic party. All they get in return is the “race card” that they have been programmed to use whenever something goes wrong in their lives.

    I say to hell with them. If they are too stupid to see the truth that is their problem. If this hurts anyone’s little feelings go pound sand.

  21. The real story here is pretty simple. The Teacher’s unions fund the Democrat Party. Which is why the NAACP, a Democrat organization set this garbage up with a bunch of gullible students who have swallowed the Leftist Agenda..

  22. I have a two very serious questions for those who oppose school choice. First, let set up a very realistic scenario. Suppose I am an African American single mother in an inner city neighborhood who works full-time to make ends meet. I can’t afford to live in higher rent areas outside my district. The school in my district, which my two elementary aged children are forced to attend because I have no other option, significantly under-performs the national averages in all academic measures.

    Question 1: How would being given a voucher-one that would enable my children to attend a school that is better than the one in my district–be detrimental to me or my children?

    Question 2: Why would offering everyone in my current school district a voucher to enable them to make that same choice be a bad thing overall for my district?

    Oh, and if you are entertaining the notion that a legitimate answer to #2 would be that it would have the “bad” effect of forcing the severely underperforming school out of business, dispense with it. Well, you just haven’t thought about it deeply enough because that would be a good thing. In fact, it would be a VERY good thing. Poorly performing schools should be forced to get better–or they should be forced out of business. Survival of the fittest, or–said another way–good ole’ American competition.

    I eagerly await fact- and reason-based answers to the above two questions. And, if you cannot provide any such reasons, you have absolutely no foundation whatsoever for your argument against school choice.

  23. The treatment of DeVos was rather tame, given the fact that she is unqualified to hold the office of Sec. Ed and is in that position solely due to financial support of select GOP candidates. Her comments and behavior up to this point seem to indicate she has little understanding of (or interest in discovering) the root cause of problems faced by minorities seeking quality, affordable education, or the public education system itself. Her one-hit wonder playlist is to promote the false promise of “school choice solves all”. The privatization of our nation’s public school systems and academic lending may have been profitable for her, but that does not automatically equate to it being beneficial to those that must rely on public education and government sponsored higher-ed financing.

    • ” Her comments and behavior up to this point seem to indicate she has
      little understanding of (or interest in discovering) the root cause of
      problems faced by minorities seeking quality, affordable education, or
      the public education system itself.”

      Are you really so ignorant or are you simply evil? More government bureaucrats and more taxation do not address of those things. So either you are a fantastic fool or you know that central economic planning and wealth transfers make people less poor, because bureaucrats do not produce anything only shuffle the productivity of others, right?

      Oh, you are a parasite from Philly so it is the “evil” one.

      • I did not mention bureaucrats or taxation – that is your ax to grind. My comments went to experience as an educator and/or in the profession of education. Again, other than making a profit from privatized education, what is her experience with public education and academia?

        This is a serious question and not part of some partisan tit-for-tat.
        I recall reading a biographical synopsis back when she was up for confirmation and it contained no experience in the education profession.

        So, if you can get past name calling, maybe you can share more info on her background that goes to her qualification to be Sec Ed.

      • Obama appointed a man/boy love advocate to be in charge of school safety……school safety?

      • Really? Interesting allegation.
        Do you have a name and credible news source for your allegation?
        Please share with all so we may fact check your source(s).

      • Rachel Johnson – Of course you respond with an absurd, and seemingly insulting claim.
        What is your source? Breitbart?, RT?, or your trailerpark coffee club?

      • OK there Rachel trollbot – I am informed to the fact that you are lost in a sea of misinformation . . .

      • “Making profit from privatized education” and then “This is a serious question and not part of some partisan tit-for-tat.” Sure, it isn’t. A long serving union bureaucrat doesn’t represent the partisan side of more and bigger government at every turn. No, not at all.

        If the Leftard didn’t argue disingenuously, they wouldn’t have any arguments at all.

      • As I said . . . if you can get past name calling, maybe you can share more info on her background that goes to her qualification to be Sec Ed.


    • Have you ever heard of competition? I think having the option may just make the public schools up their game.

      • Cindy – I really am all for improving Public Schools performance, but not sure competition gets us there.

        Most school choice programs that I am familiar with are structured “on the cheap” and instead of being established as a true alternative — they simply siphon off resources from public schools while not providing an affordable alternative available to those who want to/need to participate.

        I was on the local school board for ~7 years. All parties need to be accountable to deliver a high quality product – board members, administration, teachers union, and parents. It requires lots of hard work for low pay (no pay for board members), and nobody gets a pass on doing their job. I saw lots of difficult but necessary dismissals and reassignments.

  24. Being rude to Ms De Vos, is only a vehicle for them to up their social justice warrior stature.

  25. Student reacting badly to a open enemy of public education is not to be unexpected. You get the respect that you have earned, you also get the distain you have earned. Her buying a cabinet seat , helping her continue her theocratic campain against public education. did not earn he much if any respect.

    • As a true enemy of public indoctrination, I can assure you that Mrs. DeVos is not. “Theocratic”? Oh, so you are a public school teacher and imbecile.

      • I am a Retired USAF MSgt. I never have been a teacher, and her attempts to get the government to give money to religious schools definitely shows that she is a theocratic. And those s schools specialize in indoctriantion, indoctrination is in fact their primary purpose.

      • So an uneducated “retired” parasite? It is not surprising that you don’t know the meaning of words.

  26. Great article. I laughed so hard about his Spice World reference. I feel your pain, as I suffered through that movie too. :)

    I thought it was a great opportunity missed for these students. One would think they haven’t had to experience the sorts of supposed microagressions that plague their counterparts at the Ivy League colleges, so they would be more willing to give speakers a listen even if they don’t agree, like the kids at Liberty University who sat politely through Bernie Sanders’ speech. But, they’re too young to have children and understand the issues people in poor school districts have to deal with. They’ll learn one day.

  27. This article seems a bit ignorant as to why DeVos was being protested. First she said that founders of HBCUs were “real pioneers” of school choice, when in reality HBCUs were founded during segregation when black students were barred from attending many white colleges. Then her President questioned the constitutionality of HBCU construction financing. I thought we all knew that this was what the protests were about.

    • Trump made it clear that he was committed to HBCUs.

  28. Unlike me, most of that graduating class did not pay for their own education. I worked my way through college by working full-time at the grocery store and going to class 12 hours a week. For most of them, their college education was paid for by the taxpayers through grants. They don’t even appreciate the opportunity they had to get a college education. What a disgusting display they put on because somebody with a different point of view was speaking. Guess what black snowflakes? When you get out into the real world, there will be lots of people that you go to work with that have different sets of values and opinions than yours. If you can’t act civilized at your own graduation ceremony, how in the world are you going to survive in an office setting? If I’m interviewing an applicant from Bethune Cookman, the first thing I’m going to do is to check and see if you’re acting like an idiot in that video. If you are, I’ll kick you out of my office and have your sorry ass thrown out of the building by security.

  29. I first lost my faith in the Democrats when I volunteered in my kids’ schools. It destroyed my ability to believe that maybe they just didn’t understand that their policies aren’t working. They know. They just don’t care.

    I don’t know what Trump is about – he is no more a conservative than he is a liberal, and the net sum of his policies so far appears to be about building a new coalition. That’s fine: both sides are overdue for an overhaul, and it’s about time we had a real discussion. Let the best arguments from both sides come forth, because neither party deserves blind loyalty.

  30. When education gave way to social promotion, this was the ultimate product- students with no real experience or a grasp of history that could inform them of their actual condition. They ‘suffer’ in their posh unis and rail against the fate that has forced them into such a dire position, that of a affirmative action, socially promoted, ‘victim’, forced to compete against people who got there on actual merit.

  31. The point that is being made is that our silly, stupid snowflake college students are constantly hurting their cause and themselves. They are making themselves “unhireable” while harming the institutions like black colleges and Mizzou. They are shooting themselves in their own foot and have no idea why their foot hurts.