In a sea of bad news this morning, my bright spot was video of graduates at Bethune Cookman, a historic Black college, booing and turning their backs on honorary degree recipient Betsy DeVos.
#bethunecookman grauduates turning their back during Ed. Sec #BettyDevos speech at their graduation ceremony!!!!! pic.twitter.com/NN0Dp4f0Wm— °•° (@iainfelipe) May 10, 2017
In an ironic touch, a dean who appeared to be angered and no doubt embarrassed by the crowd's reaction to DeVos at the podium admonished graduates to "choose which way you want to go." This followed a threat that if the disturbance did not cease that diplomas would be mailed rather than handed out as they marched in caps and gowns.
Celebrating years of hard work to achieve a college degree by protesting an uneducated white representative of the openly racist regime of the demagogue with bad hair seems like making a good choice to me.
Other notable tweets reporting the controversy:
DeVos is an heiress of the Amway fortune and sister to notorious Pentagon contractor Eric Prince. Famously uneducated herself, she was instrumental in harming public education systems in Michigan and Texas before ascending to the federal post of Secretary of Education. She is an avowed enemy of public education favoring privatization schemes and charter schools over fully funding schools that serve all children.Holy cow, #bethunecookman dean interrupts DeVos speech, threatens students "your degrees will be mailed to you!" They persist! pic.twitter.com/nkcqZrbXJ0— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) May 10, 2017
This generation will not turn the other cheek while you make decisions that hurt them. Thank God for that. #BetsyDeVos #bethunecookman— Meredith (@QueenOfSangria) May 10, 2017
Respect is earned, not bought. Well done #bethunecookman graduates! #BackstoBetsy #SavePublicEdu #ilovepublicschools— Mandy (@Naseku18) May 10, 2017