Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faces Twitter backlash after linking HBCU's with 'school choice'

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is being dragged on Twitter over a statement she released after attending a listening session with historically black college and university leaders at the White House.

In a letter issued to the public, DeVos, who's confirmation as head of Department of Education required a historic vice presidential tie breaker in the senate, said that it is the Trump administration's "priority" to "develop opportunities for communities that are often the most underserved."

"We must be willing to make the tangible, structured reforms that will allow students to reach their full potential," the statement added.

Things took a left, however, after Secretary DeVos seemed to suggest that the founding of HBCUs was about "school choice," when in actuality, a post-slavery, Jim Crow era didn't allow African Americans to attend American schools, and compelled them to found their own institutions.

See Twitter reactions DeVos' statement below:

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DeVos championing HBCU's as "pioneers of school choice." Black colleges were founded because schools were segregat… https://t.co/bWYtOiQcUi
All my white friends after me explaining Betsy DeVos' recent statement about HBCU's. https://t.co/HOXvesGrTc
Betsy DeVos statement on HBCU as school choice is exactly why slavery & racism is always brought up.
@stevenjay @pbump #DeVos appalling ignorance on origins of HBCUs, was not a "choice." DJT "listening session" HBCU leaders just a WH foto op
DeVos needs to pick up a book instead of equating the creation of HBCU's to "school choice" as opposed to a necessity because of Jim Crow.
As a HBCU graduate I'm appalled and disgusted that our Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos does not know the reason HBCU's were created. #sodone
DeVos is really trying to romanticize the history of HBCU's like they were the next big app of the 19th century https://t.co/nLzhigEGWt
The real issue here isn't racism, that's being used to distract you. Real issue is she's using HBCUs to justify cut… https://t.co/vGQlS9ZnoW
What the absolute hell is this?!!! What kind of twisting off history to suit your agenda?! I'm just SICK… https://t.co/eiErkZCcpN
Oh no she didn't. Betsy DeVos links school choice with the #HBCU narrative? #Highered #betsydevos... https://t.co/F2EwzDdFEP
Hopefully Betsy DeVos HBCU statement removes all doubt that she's absolutely NOT qualified.
Turns out the HBCU photo op w 45 was to support DeVos' lunatic theory that segregation made for better school choice.
DeVos just praised HBCU's because she thinks they're a shining example of school choice. Im not trying to live on this planet anymore
Betsy Devos should be ashamed of herself for linking HBCU's to school choice. HBCU's starred because we couldn't attend white colleges!!!
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That, many argued, is not about choice but survival, and if anything, shows HBCUs had no choice at all.

"[HBCUs] 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," she wrote.

"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."

DeVos' refusal to acknowledge that HBCUs were founded in part because of racism, or at least her ignorance to it, became a running joke on Twitter.

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