I’m not clear about whether Trump and Devos attended the same boarding school, where they paid top dollar not to learn American history. Or where actual facts were irrelevant and life is as you imagine it. #AlternativeFacts101 First, Trump said he would help “the blacks” who are at the worst point they’ve ever been in American history. I’m thinking he slept through slavery. I mean, was he out learning how to play golf while black people were being hosed down and beaten? He was alive during The Civil Rights movement.
Now, DeVoss calls Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s), pioneers of choice. She goes on to say that because black students were not getting the proper attention at other institutions black people started their own institutions. I’m not sure if she was rewriting history and giving alternative facts. I’m not sure if she was being divisive because she is a supporter of privatizing education and segregated black colleges fit that narrative? *head tilt*
On the other hand, I think it’s sad, she didn’t know, was never taught or can’t remember that HBCU’s were created because black people were outlawed from being educated in existing white institutions. Brown vs. The Board of Education was a bench mark case that integrated schools forever. Still, I am always looking for the light at the end of the tunnel… Or being the light. So…This is a great opportunity to have a national conversation on what HBCU’s are and to remind people why they exist.
First, I don’t think DeVos’s ignorance is unique. Many white people are surprised when I tell them ALL (because the following article said some) black colleges were established because blacks were not allowed to be taught in already existing white schools. I usually emphasize “Historically.” Black colleges no longer teach an all-black student body, because blacks are no longer outlawed from learning in established institutions. If it were ever illegal for a white person to attend an HBCU, do you know who made that law? White people.
Whites were among the founders, financial supporters and in many cases the first teachers of black institutions. Moreover, Affirmative Action works both ways; white students could attend an HBCU for a minimal amount to completely free, because they would be minorities on campus
I know, I know… DeVos should not be serving as the Secretary of Education. Still, I am grateful for this opportunity to have a national conversation about what an HBCU is and to explore, shit, teach and learn fucking American history. I find it interesting some days and extremely heartbreaking on others, that white people have edited the history being taught so well… They’ve made black people appear to be the racist for creating learning institutions while being legally alienated from white schools. Why is it, only black people realize HBCU’s were established in response to segregation? I am often discouraged when I hear someone say black colleges are reverse racism. It makes me feel hopeless. I mean, if you don’t know basic facts that happened in our parents’ lifetime, well… now, grandparents for some… how will we ever get anywhere as a country.
DeVos, saying that HBCU’s are great choices… and forgetting or altogether not knowing… Wait, let me see how old she is. Well she was born in 1958 schools were still being integrated in 1963. Police were still attacking blacks with dogs, Billy clubs, gun butts, water hoses and cattle prods for trying to integrate. So she actually was a live when Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy and Malcolm X were
killed. I’m not sure how she is so unaware. I wasn’t alive during that time but I was taught about people being hosed down. My parents talk to me about the brave black children who went to all white schools.
There were movies about their homes being bombed, bricks being thrown through their windows. Mostly, I remembered hearing how they were spit on, people walked on the back of their shoes and threw things at them. I saw the black and white footage every year, of adults and children screaming racial slurs and obscenities at the backs of black children. As a child, I understood how much heart it must of taken because I couldn’t imagine living in all that hatred.
Are private institutions lacking? (Shots fired!) Just kidding. Most students attending private and/or boarding schools are not being taught history lessons that might compel them to see the people their parents are oppressing as human. Most private institutions deprive its students of diversity, by isolating them in a community of children from families with similar means. Or with children of parents who are willing to sacrifice because they value the networking that happens in these schools. Which is another way people are separated by class. Not only don’t you see people in a different economic classes as human, you don’t ever have an opportunity to interact with them and build relationships that will inform your life and choices. *Sigh*
Bonus. Covenant contracts ended in the late 1980’s early 1990’s. Covenant contracts were created by white people to keep their neighborhoods white. Even though segregation and unfair housing practices were illegal. White people began socially regulating their neighborhoods by adding conditions which were allowed by financial institutions.