Betsy DeVos received a less than warm welcome from students and family of Bethune-Cookman University where she delivered the 2017 commencement address. My saying in a previous post, “Let Betsy DeVos come and feel uncomfortable as we often do,” was clearly an understatement as Bethune-Cookman graduates, family and friends unleashed a fury of boos and disruption as the awe-stricken DeVos stood by in disbelief.
Betsy DeVos @ Bethune-Cookman
Now, this may have done more damage than good since Trump’s latest Bill implied funding for HBCUs could be in jeopardy. DeVos will more than likely walk-away from this experience with preconceived notions and stereotypes solidified.
President Edison Jackson defended his decision to invite DeVos last week saying:
“When we seek to shelter our students and campus communities from views that are diametrically opposed to their own, we actually leave our students far less capable of combating those ideas,” Jackson said. “Additionally, the sheer diversity of our human family requires us to listen to and understand one another. We cannot, and we will not, ever accomplish this if we continue to exist in ideological, social and racial silos.”
I happen to agree with his sentiment though he clearly failed to compel his students.
.Needless to say, this commencement address will go down in infamy! Congrats to the class of 2017!
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