Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos may want to crack open a history book. On the last day of Black History Month, DeVos surprised black college leaders when she said that not only did black colleges pioneer school choice, but slavery pioneered public housing. DeVos, the billionaire school choice advocate who claims she has a black friend because imaginary friends count, told the educators gathered for a photo-op in the Oval Office that they should appreciate all aspects of the black experience.
“Slavery pioneered public housing. The international slave trade pioneered foreign policy. Segregation pioneered Rosa Parks. Lynching pioneered something cool, I’m sure. I just can’t remember what it was right now. I’ll get back to you on lynching. See where I’m going with this? For some people the glass is half empty and for some the glass is half full. I count my glass half full of the perfectly drinkable water that comes out of a public water fountain in Mobile, Alabama, as long as that water has been boiled for at least twenty minutes. It’s time we all come together to acknowledge the part all Americans, regardless of the color of their skin, play in weaving the rich tapestry of American life. Now let’s take this picture. All of you stand on that side of the line I’ve taped across the presidential seal and I’ll stand on this side.”
After the photo-op, DeVos treated everybody to a cake decorated with an image of Martin Luther King.
Gather round everyone and don’t worry about getting your fair share of this beautiful cake. All the slices are separate but equal.