Whew chile! I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the President of Bethune-Cookman University inviting Betsy DeVos to speak as the keynote speaker for the school’s commencement.
Yes, you read that correctly. President Edison O. Jackson’s coonin’ ass spat on the paying customers … er … graduates … of his school and invited Darth DeVos to speak at graduation.
And yes, this is the same woman that publicly called HBCU’s “Pioneers of School of Choice.” Because you know, black people were just accepted everywhere once upon a time. I guess she’s forgotten about America’s racist past. But you know who hasn’t forgotten? The students that literally turned their back to DeVos as she spoke:
Given that over 90% of American children attend public schools, I’m at a loss for words why anyone would invite Betsy DeVos to speak at any school, let alone an HBCU. I know the President of Bethune-Cookman is aware of this woman’s dismissive attitude towards education, including the destruction that she caused in my home state of Michigan.
But you know what makes this even more atrocious? The fact that the students didn’t want her there! While I’m hardly advocating for students to tell professors how to run a college, on this, I absolutely think their opinion was valid. Don’t get it twisted. College aint hardly free. Those students were paying customers that probably left school in debt after having worked their butts off to get a degree. Graduation was THEIR moment and they literally paid for it. I REALLY need yall to feel me when I say the commencement speech matters. These are the last words you’ll hear in your educational institution. They are meant to propel you forward into the working world. If a school can’t get a good speaker, they damn for sure shouldn’t get someone insulting.
I wonder if she didn’t secretly think, “Look at all of these pioneers!” Just disrespectful. Betsy DeVos deserved every “boo” she got.
And Bethune-Cookman’s President ought to be ashamed of himself for making this decision and then defending his flawed reasoning. Sir, you being a “veteran educator” does not make you right! I’m sure there were plenty of opportunities for students to “experience and interact with views that may be different from their own.” The four or more years they spent in college come to mind. Taking their final day, their big day, and using it to force a lesson on inclusivity was inappropriate. As fuck. It was also unnecessary. Since when are educated black people the ones in dire need of a lesson on inclusivity?!
All that President Jackson did was spoil those students graduation. What a jackass!
I’d want my money back.