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Secretary of Education/Avant Garde Performance Artist Betsy DeVos joined Donald Trump to meet leaders of several historically black colleges and universities Monday, then sent out an incredibly tone-deaf press release to mark the meeting, explaining how the legacy of segregation in higher education actually helps make a powerful argument in favor of school choice. It’s really quite obvious, after all, since the founders of black colleges and universities were simply exercising their freedom of choice, hooray! Just look at this thing:

You see, the really great thing about HBCUs is that their founders saw an educational need in the marketplace and then responded to it. DeVos says that, for some reason she doesn’t mention at all, there were “too many students in America who did not have equal access to education.” So the founders of these institutions — no doubt plucky entrepreneurs who all read Ludwig von Mises before he’d even written anything — took action without leaning on the government:

They saw that the system wasn’t working, that there was an absence of opportunity, so they took it upon themselves to provide the solution.

Isn’t the free market a wonderful thing? It can even overcome segregation, it’s such a fine system. And wouldn’t you know it, those plucky entrepreneurs who founded HBCUs

are living proof that when more options are provided to students, they are afforded greater access and greater quality. Their success has shown that more options help students flourish.

So sure, maybe there was some segregation, but just look at the wonderful legacy left behind in the form of these historic, much-loved schools, which offered more educational options to people who, by law, had no other options. If that’s not a stirring argument for school choice, then maybe you don’t understand the idea of “choice,” like journalist Ron Fournier and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill:

Gosh, what negative nellies!

Later in the day, DeVos took to Twitter to attempt some damage control, not that it was especially effective:

Oh, look! Someone reminded her of context! So the great things about private HBCUs is that they did such a great job of providing choice, in a time when they were the only option under separate but equal, and isn’t that a wonderful thing?

Still, DeVos could have done worse, like the publishers of that fine American history textbook for homeschoolers that said slavery was a shame and all, but at least it brought a lot of slaves to Jesus and they wrote some lovely spirituals as a result:

To help His children endure the difficulties of slavery, God gave the Christian slaves the ability to spiritually combine the African heritage of song with the dignity and power of Christian praise. Through the Negro spiritual, the slaves developed the patience to wait on the Lord and discovered that the truest freedom is freedom from the bondage of sin. Today, the spiritual is recognized as America’s greatest contribution to the field of music.

We should add that’s from a textbook with a 2006 copyright on the most recent edition, for reals.

Makes DeVos almost seem radically forward-thinking by comparison, at least until you remember she wants tax money to pay for kids to attend private schools or home schools, where our tax dollars can support the teaching of similar great thoughts. That would be a real achievement for school choice, and would bring the history of school choice back to its roots, when “private academies” (more honest people called ’em “segregation academies,” though not officially) sprung up all over the South and elsewhere to accommodate white parents who didn’t want their kids going to integrated public schools. All we need now is a Betsy DeVos press release praising those educational pioneers for providing more options for quality education, too.

[Slate / NYT / Atlantic]

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  • dslindc

    *Bangs head on desk repeatedly*

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      “Stop damaging school property. We still need to auction that.”
      -Betsy DeVos

      • Creepoman

        For-profit prisons are stocking up on gently used public school furniture.

  • MynameisBlarney
  • MeerkatsRMammals

    When you’ve never spoken to a minority in real life (aside from your house staff)…it’s obvious. This has to be the MOST out of touch administration ever.

  • BearDeLaOursistance

    Rarely is the question asked, is our blahs learning?

    • Oblios_Cap

      The question in the past was “should we teach them”. to which the answer was a most resounding “No!”.

      • Riley Whodat Venable

        Not only no, but we will jail you if you do.

  • jesuswasablack
    • Yr. Gma

      Haha. “Clinton Hi.” (Those boys all look so bright, don’t they?)

      • GoutMachine

        “Intergration” also, too.

        Seems wingnuts have never been able to spellz good.

        • Nockular cavity

          But they are fashionable!

          • GoutMachine

            Yeah, in a “Children of the Corn” kind of way.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Then they got drafted, and there were Negroes in their platoons, and things just go worse in the rice paddies.

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        Family tree that’s shaped a bit like a rake.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      I’m firmly against “intergration,” mainly because I’m not sure it’s an actual word.

  • Oblios_Cap

    I guess DeVos didn’t actually listen during her little Listening Session. She was probably formulating her Amway sales pitch for later.

    • cmd resistor

      I think it got cut sort of short because they trooped all the black guys over to the Oval office so they could have a contrived photo op with Trump.

      • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

        “Look at me with all my blahs!”
        Meanwhile Kelly could NOT have been more disrespectful squatting on the couch in front of all those men who are so, so, so much more qualified and intelligent than she is. Do you think she would sit like that for Pence? Or Putin?

        • Skeptical_thinker

          For Putin the skirt would be higher and the legs further apart.

          • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

            Oh my God, so so true.

        • cmd resistor

          Supposedly she was on that couch to take a photo of them. I did see another shot of her actually taking a photo. There’s also some crap Omarosa said about how sweet she was getting that pic. I still can’t figure why she couldn’t get a better photo standing up on the rug….but that’s there story and they are sticking with it. And of course all the wingnuts are posting photos of Obama with his feet on the desk.

          • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

            That’s just the most absurd story! She’s obviously tweeting, not taking a picture, and that would be the most ridiculous angle to take a picture from, and finally, obviously, SOMEONE ELSE is there to take the picture, because they TOOK the picture!!!

          • cmd resistor

            Well supposedly she did take A picture, although no one has managed to produce it. But there is a photo I saw somewhere of her leaning off of that couch appearing to take a photo, although it would have been an odd angle from which to take one. And still no matter what she looks stupid.

          • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

            And disrespectful to the group of highly educated, college Presidents.

          • cmd resistor

            You know, after seeing an obvious photoshop with her sitting on the rug, I am thinking that the one photo I saw of her taking a pic must have also been photoshopped, or something, since if it was real it would have been more widely circulated and I only saw it one place. Plus, if she did take a photo then they would have posted it in her defense.

  • Yr. Gma

    When are those Special Needs kids gonna grab those bootstraps and found a college of their own?

  • Asterix

    As if DeVos would even recognize the name Ludwig von Mises.

    I hate these people. Every last one of the racist, misogynist, homophobic, moronic, paranoid, delusional ASSHOLES!

  • bookish

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-mexico-idUSKBN1672IC?feedType=RSS&feedName=newsOne&google_editors_picks=true

    Mexico will not accept tariffs or quotas when renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States, the foreign minister said on Tuesday, the latest challenge to U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposals to erect trade barriers.

    Trump says NAFTA is a bad deal for the United States and wants it renegotiated, or torn up. Talks are expected to start later this year.

  • Yr. Gma

    On a happier note, I see five women in that 1886 graduates picture.

  • Michael R
    • Nockular cavity

      Take that, all you de-evolution deniers!

      • De-evolution is not real. Their mothers’ drinking heavily while pregnant is a much simpler explanation of the phenomenon.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      “Are we not men? We are DEVOs!”

      • BMW

        Wow

      • FlownΩver

        You must whip them. Whip them good!

      • Royal Ugly Dude

        Oh NOW I get it.

  • memzilla Ω

    “Jim Crow Laws were enacted to give Negroes more options of free choice in housing, transportation, education, and politics.” — 2018 US History Textbook

    • Michael R

      … drinking fountains

      • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

        …lunch counters
        …also the many opportunities for fresh air out in the fields

        • Riley Whodat Venable

          Bathrooms

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Texas is ON IT!!

  • Beowoof14

    The woman has the intellect of a door knob.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      Please, let’s not insult the doorknobs. They at least know how to do their one and only job.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Door knob libelz!

    • wide_stance_hubby

      She’s just like a door knob–everybody gets a turn.

      • chimpevil

        Take Betsy Devos. Please!

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Maybe we can get Dan Savage to smear flu excretions on her?

  • “They started from the fact that there was…” is the most awkward phrase I’ve heard today. Good writin’ there, Edumacation ladie!

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      The extremely passive phrasing is all the more proof that she knew what a steaming load of derp it was. “I’d better not thank segregation too directly…”

      • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

        YES! I was just about to write the same thing.

  • jesuswasablack
    • Asterix

      Their ancestors stole it.

    • Beowoof14

      It does help when Grandpa made a bunch of money and then leaves you a pile of it. Otherwise some of these people would be garbage collectors.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        If they’re lucky!

    • MynameisBlarney

      They were born into it.

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s EvaBraun!

    • Chris

      Inherited wealth dear.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      It helps to fall out of a rich womb at birth.

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      It’s the Prosperity Gospel as implemented by 4chan. Jebus is fucking shit up just for the lulz.

    • Wild Cat

      All that money and fame and she’s still stuck dating dogs.

    • Marry or be the spawn of someone who actually did something. To keep it rolling, just make a “leaked” private sex tape.

    • Thaumaturgist

      Betsy got rich with a non-pyramid scheme called Amway.

  • Edith Prickly
  • Villago Delenda Est

    My desk has another dent in it. Must be a Wonk story about some minion of the shitgibbon.

  • Beowoof14

    I have said this woman has the intellect of a door knob. On reflection I believe that is insulting to door knobs.

    • puredog

      The accepted Wonkette shorthand is “door knob libelz.”

  • bookish

    Working to protect immigrants.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/immigration/321602-america-is-still-a-country-of-immigrants

    In moments of great injustice, we can’t afford to be silent. That’s one reason why an educator and an activist are standing together. We are a nation of immigrants, and like the two of us, President Trump’s family came to America seeking a better, safer way of life.

  • ImPEECH!

    She probably concurs that Frederic Douglass is doing a great job still, too and also~

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    I for one am glad to finally see someone who isn’t afraid of being politically incorrect. The negroes should be thanking us for giving them a free ride to America, but do we white people ever get a single word of gratitude? Nope! All we get is “please, don’t shoot me, I don’t have a gun” and then costly lawsuits after we shoot them dead because they wouldn’t stop running away from us. I have a mind to write a stern letter to the NAACP about this!

    • Rick Hill

      Use all caps to let them know you are sincere.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Also, too, umlauts.

        • BoziSpicer

          Real Amerikans do not use umlauts.

          • MynameisBlarney

            Only if you’re in a cock-rock glam metal hair band from the 80’s are umlauts allowed.

          • Riley Whodat Venable

            GLAM = Gay Los Angeles Metal.

          • BearDeLaOursistance

            It tends to give away the endgame.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        THIS HAS REALLY GOTTEN MY DANDER UP!!!!! WHERE’S THE GRATITUDE FROM THESE PEOPLE?????

        • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

          Sorry. Sorry. This is WAY too coherent. WHY AREN’T YOUR WRITTING ABOUT BLACK ON BLACK CRIME!!1! Chicago! we give them schoolls but they burn n loot every one!

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            Why isn’t there a white history month? Hnggggh????

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      This is now reminding me of a genius sketch in the old “Mr. Show” show, where they soulfully sing, while strumming acoustic guitars, a song to Native Americans, that begins “You’re welcome….”

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        Nothing gets my panties in a twist quite like people who don’t appreciate how we’ve bent over backwards for them. “Separate but equal” is not very hard to understand! “Equal” is right there in the phrase!!!! Sheesh…what a bunch of ingrates.

    • LarryHoudini

      Stern letter? I say shoot them.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        Only if they’re running away from me, and I feel that my life is in danger.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      If they NAACP were doing their job at all, they would be contacting you about how you are the victim of the worst reverse racism ever!

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        ^^THIS^^! I am reverse racismed CONSTANTLY and nobody seems to care. Whenever I see an ad for Chocolate Singles, designed strictly for black people to meet other black people, I automatically think “how come there aren’t websites for white on white dating?? HNGGGH????” Reverse racism is the biggest problem in this country, and the lamestream media just ignores it.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • cmd resistor

      Not like he ever showed up there anyway.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      “We have a less disruptive and more reputable renter lined up, a Hell’s Angels chapter…”

    • Vincent Ricola

      Now he’ll raise taxes 35% to fund an extravagant home office and electric fences to keep the righteous protestors off his lawn.

    • Beowoof14

      I am sure there is a strip mall somewhere in Tampa that will welcome Marco. Hopefully it will have a doughnut shop for the cops to watch the protesters from

      • MynameisBlarney

        Wherever he ends up, he better hope they got lotsa water nearby too.

        He is one thirsty bastard.

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω
  • BoziSpicer
  • Résistance Land Shark Ω
    • GoutMachine

      Looks like our children is learning! Good on your pup.

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        Some of our children are learning … you know, the ones that are lucky enough to attend quality public schools. The rest? Home schooled Jeebus learnin’.

        • Riley Whodat Venable

          Fortunately that group is self limiting.

  • Jenny

    Sure, we didn’t want these coloreds in our schools. Who knew they’d educate their kids so well? Why that’s just so inspiring! -Rich white lady

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      Some of them are so neat and clean, too!

      • wide_stance_hubby

        And such pretty voices when they sing.

  • CutterTeam

    Fuck it. It’s time for the Truman Show solution. We drug the entire Trump Administration so they pass out. We build a replica Washington DC and hire actors to play members of Congress and foreign leaders. Then we wake them up, and they get to act like they’re running the country for the next few years.

    I’m grabbing my fucking hammer. This can work.

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      I’m sure Hollywood still has an Oval Office set on a backlot somewhere ….

      • Riley Whodat Venable

        Or “That’s my Bush.”

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      Your plan is so crazy it just might work!

    • BoziSpicer

      “By Grabthar’s Fucking Hammer, you shall be avenged!”

    • Sardonicuss

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0021cd5a256e534ba5471d784ad2fbe4e9eab76a49532bf0cda853e99596a9c7.jpg If we are going with movies..how about… tonight during his congressional speech: The Mars Attacks solution. (Stay home dems…the Martians don’t like “the peoples…”?

      • GoutMachine

        Can we get Pierce Brosnan smoking a pipe?

        • Sardonicuss

          Just his head.

      • Riley Whodat Venable

        Chance the Rapper has bought out the theatre on 89th so you can see “Get Out” free tonight. Just bring ID.

    • ArgieBarfie

      FUCK IT! WE’LL DO IT LIVE! WE’LL DO IT LIVE!

      (I never miss a chance to use this one)

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      In other words, taking what Trump is already doing to the next level.

    • Cock Blockula

      Bang Bang Maxwell’s Fucking Hammer (for you olds out there)

      • Riley Whodat Venable

        The judge did not agree, and he told them so.

    • aureolaborealis

      While I like your overall message, I can’t help but wonder if your fucking leaves something to be desired.

  • bookish

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/world/middleeast/united-nations-security-council-syria-sanctions-russia-trump.html
    UNITED NATIONS — Russia and the Trump administration clashed in a vote at the United Nations Security Council for the first time on Tuesday, as the Kremlin vetoed a measure backed by the Americans to punish Syria for using chemical weapons.

    While the Russians had long signaled their intent to block the resolution, which was supported by dozens of countries, the clash offered insights into the big divisions that remain between the Kremlin and President Trump, who has vowed to improve ties.

    http://rbth.com/news/2017/02/28/practical-preparations-for-putin-trump-meeting-under-way-russian-diplomat_710688

    https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-28/russia-tells-trump-enough-talk-time-to-team-up-in-syria-fight

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-putin-the-end-of-the-shortest-honeymoon-ever_us_58b56e51e4b0658fc20f99e3

    https://qz.com/921148/russias-stock-market-is-the-worst-performing-in-the-world-as-the-trump-euphoria-ends/

    http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/02/russia-sours-trump-china-thrilled

  • ImPEECH!

    Cute, adorable false equivalencies Betsy! Like the story of that hiker who sawed his arm off to get out of that isolated desert pit? How heroic that he found HIS CHOOOOICE… The child who got to stay with his mommy while watching his little sister get carried off by the Nazi officer? He benefited sooooo much from Sophie’s Choice, didn’t he Bets? 3 million U.S. voters who picked Hillary got a shit sandwich petty leader instead, why? Gold Star to you, Betsy, *preach* about choice ’cause you don’t know a thing about teachers, students, or choice.

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      Dude. SPOILER ALERT.

  • johnnyknj

    Dunces with Money. New reality show idea.

    • hendenburg2

      We have that already.

      It’s called “All of Them, Katie!”

      • CogitoErgoBibo

        Some are a bit more on the nose than others. Example: Win Ben Stein’s Money.

    • GoutMachine

      Isn’t that basically every reality show?

      • marxalot

        Some of them are “Dunces for Money.”

      • wide_stance_hubby

        I’m-not-here-to-make-friends libel!

        • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

          Losing-is-not-an-option libel!

  • Lambsendbeds

    OT – there is going to be a disciplinary hearing for the DISPATCHER in the Tamir Rice case. She could face up to a 10 day suspension. WTF – after all this time and $6 million to his family w/o admitting wrongdoing, this is who is going to be held responsible?http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/disciplinary-hearing-for-dispatcher-in-tamir-rice-shooting/

    • MynameisBlarney

      I have no words.

    • puredog

      Actually, upon reading the article, I do not think that is so crazy. I mean, you’re a cop responding to a call of a kid with a deadly weapon and said kid goes for it, you’re in a fix. If there was intel that it was “probably fake” that was not passed on — well, it might not have made a difference, but it might.

      • Lambsendbeds

        Oh, I totally think that the dispatcher fucked up big time. I’m just saying that it’s disgraceful that the trigger happy cop who shot Tamir in 2 seconds flat was exonerated, especially after he and his partner handcuffed his 14 year old sister and threw her in the back of their vehicle, not to mention the complete fabrication of the police report ( which was disproven by the video the cops had no idea was recorded). The whole idea that the only consequences suffered for the tragic death of this child is a potential 10 suspension of one person makes me want to vomit.

  • Résistance Land Shark Ω

    How long before Betsy takes the “snowflake” resignation option?

    • wide_stance_hubby

      Too also.

    • Indivisible Snark Tank

      Is that the “I need to spend more time with my family” option?

      (Also, too, did I miss a memo? What’s the story on the omegas?)

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        Yes.

        (The Ω is a La Résistance symbol I was told)

        • Indivisible Snark Tank

          I’m so behind the times….I finally got around to adding “Indivisible” and now it’s already been supplanted!

          • Résistance Land Shark Ω

            I’m an olde™ as well …. I had to ask what the Ω was.

      • FlownΩver

        It comes from electrical engineering – the symbol for resistance (measured in ohms) in that sense, as a loudspeaker with 8Ω resistance.

        You’re welcome.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      not soon enough

    • Thaumaturgist

      How much do you have to know about education to administratively deconstruct the department of education?

  • Anna Rompage

    So in other words, oppressing people is like totally fine, because at some point, often after a long & painful struggle lasting hundreds of years, they very well might overcome some of the basic obstacles faced by just about every non-white male christain segment of our population….

    Yay!

    • GoutMachine

      Progress!

  • Wild Cat

    Mongoloid,
    She’s just a mongoloid.
    Happier than you or me . . .

    • Villago Delenda Est

      A village in Michigan is missing its idiot.

      • Wild Cat

        And she wore a hat
        And she had a job
        And she brought home the bacon
        So no one knew . . .

      • Thaumaturgist

        With all due respect, Villago, West Michigan delenda est. One village idiot here or there isn’t going to be missed. There are plenty to go around.

        • Toomush_Inferesistance

          They come up north every summer!…

  • OneYieldRegular

    It’s the follow-up tweets that really show DeVos has no f*cking idea what she’s talking about. “your history was born not out of mere choicein the aftermath of the Civil War” (italics mine, FFS).

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      Holy Tangoing Dog Butt Jeebus! Where was this imbecile educated?

      • MynameisBlarney

        At home?

      • GoutMachine

        Calvin College, according to the Wikis.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin_College

        • Bitter Scribe

          Did she study Hobbes there?

          • data_ninja

            The rules of Calvinball seem to be guidelines for the administration, so that theory lines up correctly.

        • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

          You guys, you have to read about this ridiculous “college”! It’s a “Christian” college, and it has actually describes its curriculum thusly: “a core curriculum with three parts: Gateway, Competencies and Studies, and Capstone.” Preschool jibberjabber! “Competencies”???? The word is “competence,” not “competency.” And “gateway, studies, capstone” is literally “A core curriculum with three parts: Beginning, Middle, and End.” It’s a joke college that doesn’t even know the meaning of words!

          (And by the way, this is what the description of a core curriculum looks like in a real college — Harvard, for example:

          The Core Curriculum Requirement

          There are eleven areas in the Core Curriculum:

          Foreign Cultures

          Historical Study A

          Historical Study B

          Literature and Arts A

          Literature and Arts B

          Literature and Arts C

          Moral Reasoning

          Quantitative Reasoning

          Science A

          Science B

          Social Analysis

          I mean they have NOTHING about “competencies” or “capstones,” what kind of college is THAT?

          • yyyaz

            Rainbow-Farting Unicorn Institute of Polytechnics and Agriculture.

          • Résistance Land Shark Ω

            Go RFUIPA Ratdicks!

      • OneYieldRegular

        She wasn’t educated.

      • Jeff Ackerman

        Was she home schooled? and then attended Trump U?

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      “I didn’t choose to land on Amway, Amway landed on me.”

      #TheStruggleIsRealForRichWhiteLadies

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      It begins to approach Palin-grade word salad.

  • Foocatchoo

    Yep, just like them JEWS that seen all that ‘vailable real estate and reckoned it’d be a real good idear to move into the desert fer 40 years! Bye the bye, I got mah edu-macation at one of them thar CHARTER schools in MICHIGAN…

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      “We were just HELPING the Jews with the concentration camps. They could “concentrate” on their studies. It toughened them up!”

      • Foocatchoo

        Yeah, they all had Attention Deficit Disorder…

  • Shoto

    White House is totally cool with The Blahs…

    https://twitter.com/davidschneider/status/836488714339614721

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      Right? I mean look how much Kellyanne is showing them respect and admiration!

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        Once you go black…

    • shastakoala

      She looks ridiculous. What was she thinking? Can she think?

    • aureolaborealis

      Some awe-inspiring self-awareness right there.

  • jesuswasablack
    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      And yet, EVEN SHE HATES TRUMP

      • yyyaz

        Old money hates new money with the heat of a thousand suns.

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      That’s why they called them GLADiators!!

  • GoutMachine

    Guys, I’m beginning to think some of Trump’s cabinet picks might not quite be up to par.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      They are if you play alternative golf.

      • Anna Rompage

        Is that anything like playing miniature golf while dressed up in silly costumes, and drunk off your ass….

        • UncleTravelingMatt

          At a whites-only miniature golf club.

      • BoziSpicer

        KellyAnne was imitating Tim Conway while she sat on the couch.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtR2kGBHEW8

        • Toomush_Inferesistance

          trump lies about his golf scores…

      • cmd resistor

        Speaking of golf, air clearance or whatever they do in Palm Beach indicates Trump will be at Mar-a-Lago again on Friday.

    • shastakoala

      This tees me off!

      • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

        This is just a wedge issue.

        • Indivisible Snark Tank

          Wood that that were true.

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            Hold on now! I’m sure the Russian Puppet will iron out the problems.

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        It’s giving me a stroke!…

    • shaar dula

      nah they are just tired from all the winning

    • Thaumaturgist

      Betsy got a mulligan.

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    On top of her general idiocy is that she is conflating public K-12 schools with colleges and universities. Idiot.

    • jesuswasablack

      Yeah well it was pretty apparent in her conformation that she aint too bright!

      • yyyaz

        When you are so fucking, obscenely rich from your daddy fucking over the rubes for decades, brains are strictly gratuitous.

  • bookish

    http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/02/28/slain-seals-father-calls-expanded-investigation-of-yemen-raid.html

    The investigations do not deal with the planning of the mission, the decision-making process involved, or whether the operation was ordered in haste.

    William Owens, father of Special Warfare Chief Petty Officer Owens, a member of Navy SEAL Team 6, said he wants a broader investigation to look into whether politics was involved in the decision to order the raid.

    • Wild Cat

      Isn’t every military action political? Or was this just a self-funded social military raid?

      • Gosala

        War is the continuation of politics by other means

        Carl von Clausewitz

        (Or so I’m told)

        • Wild Cat

          I was told that war was harmful to people and other living things, but everyone tore down those posters and put up these skeezy Alice Cooper posters instead.

      • chazmanr

        It was supposed to be a “Mission Accomplished” moment for Trump. He hoped he would be able to brag about a great successful mission that he ordered within six days of taking office to show us just how much more of a man he is than President Blackenstein. He chose to run a mission that President Blackenstein said wasn’t worth it given the risk and lack of intelligence. Instead he proved just how much we should all miss President Blackenstein.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Nothing was involved in the decision. Il Douche though it sounded neat. End of analysis.

  • CutterTeam

    Amazing people, the Negroes. Just truly amazing, amazing people. Patrick Ewing. Great Negro. Morris Day, there’s another one. Ever see the Jeffersons? George and Weezy? Moving on up, let me tell you. More wonderful Negroes. Just truly wonderful people. Believe me.

  • Azazael

    Definition of dumb, see Betsy DeVos.

    • ariel_gee_398

      How dare you imply that she would use, or is capable of using, a dictionary!

      • BoziSpicer

        She certainly doesn’t know how to use Google or read an encyclopedia.

  • Bitter Scribe

    …the slaves developed the patience to wait on the Lord and discovered that the truest freedom is freedom from the bondage of sin.

    “You may have to labor brutally hard for no compensation with no hope of change for the rest of your life, but you’re free from the bondage of sin, and that’s the truest freedom.”

    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      “WE certainly aren’t responsible for unspeakable cruelty and the deeply, deeply unChristian idea of “owning” another human being! We were HELPING them! We made it much much better for them!”

      • Villago Delenda Est

        There was actually a school of thought in the South after the fall of New Orleans that was basically “we’re losing because we’re not doing slavery right.”

        • Bitter Scribe

          Really? Did they start to notice that after blacks joined the Union army?

        • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

          So unbelievably. But, there was also a large segment of the German population who was only upset after the war because they lost.

      • JMP

        To be fair, there’s nothing un-Christian about slavery, the Bible is very clearly just fine with it; which is one of the many reasons it’s completely hideous to use as a guide for morality.

        • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

          Yes, very very good point. You’re absolutely right on both counts.

      • Ms.Moon

        How else would all the things get built in the United States white people definitely did not want to do it so they brought in “lazy” black people so they could learn true Protestant work ethic.

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Brb, off to Facilities for new keyboard. And off to surgery for new hand.

  • boyblue122

    No need for equal public education at all. Everyone should be born rich enough to have a private tutor.

    If they arent, screw em

    –Betsy Devos, probably

  • JMP

    It’s important that those special snowflake Christian parents can deny their children the right to learn about actual science and history instead of fairy tales about and Earth that’s only 6,000 years old and people used to fight dinosaurs in gladiatorial games.

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/files/2017/02/AiGArena.jpg

  • bookish

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2017/02/28/donald-trump-wants-total-subservience-interviewers/215494

    When Trump singles out Boyle and the hosts of Fox & Friends for praise and access, he makes clear that work like theirs is what he expects from journalists. Those who do not fall in line and behave in the same way risk becoming the victim of one of the president’s attacks.

    Based on the interviews Breitbart and Fox produced, all journalists need to do to gain the respect of the White House is become propagandists for the administration. Here’s what that takes:

  • Bitter Scribe

    Gosh, Ron “Both Sides Do It and Hillary Is So Unlikeable” Fournier, nice of you to notice that the government that imbeciles like you helped establish is staffed by imbeciles.

  • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

    Speaking of higher education: Conservative Turning Point USA quietly funding student government campaigns across US

    thelantern.com/2017/02/leaked-documents-audio-conservative-turning-point-usa-quietly-funding-student-government-campaigns-across-us/

    • Undocumented Skwerl!

      How powerful do they think student governments are?

      • Wild Cat

        These are our future Ingraham shits, our future Limbaugh closet cases . . .

      • Red Bird Ω

        It’s to help develop them. Ugh!

    • Wild Cat

      I’ve always said that what this country damn well needs is a good Hitler Youth Program, godammit!!!

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        High school football in Texas seems like a nod in that direction…

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        High school football in Texas seems like a nod in that direction…

    • mailman27

      More pogroms programs for our youths.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    So I take it this happened right after the blahs made the “choice” not to be slaves anymore?

    • Gosala

      Yes. They decided to take personal responsibility for themselves personally.

      The plantation owners were very happy to be relieved of taking care of all those takers.

    • clubseal

      No, you are talking about the time that all those white people in power decided to give them their freedom, out of the kindness of their hearts.

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        REPUBLICAN white people.

        • clubseal

          I couldn’t remember which talking head/legislator once made an argument that when we talk about societal advancements for women and minorities, we often “forget” to mention how it was white people passing legislation that made it all happen.

  • Undocumented Skwerl!

    Well at least they haven’t added any “strange fruit” to the seal.

    http://us.creativecommons.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/department_of_education.png

    Yes, I am a horrible person.

  • Toomush_Inferesistance

    See, the idea of “alternative” is that you had a first choice……..language, Betsy – it’s what schools do…

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      they had the alternative to not get an education

      • stormkite

        Don’t sneer at that option; it worked for Betsy and Donald and the rest of the GOP…

  • Me not sure

    White guys can write spirituals too. Here’s an old favorite of mine just for you, Betsy.
    “Wide, Wide River”.
    https://youtu.be/svPDzNO6GQk

  • Mr. Blobfish

    “But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States,” Michele Bachmann added, claiming “men like John Quincy Adams… would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.”

    Republicans tend not to learn anything during Black History Month.

    • CindyinEncinitas

      Good to know Ol’ Crazy Eyes is still on her game.

      • bupkus23

        Nah – that’s still from 2011, not a re-issue.

      • Mr. Blobfish

        It’s an old quote but perfectly displays Republicans and their grasp on race relations.

    • Gosala

      According to Ibram Kendi, Thomas Jefferson agonized a lot.

      That counts, didn’t it?

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      One “L” Michele should have asked BillO … he was there!

      • Riley Whodat Venable

        The way I remember “one L”, two crazy eyes.

    • Riley Whodat Venable

      Or history in general. I wonder who Marcus is doing these days.

  • LarryHoudini

    My friend tells a story about working one summer doing a job on a site with this big crane. One day there was no one there to run it, so his boss asked him and his co-workers, “Any of you ever worked a crane before?” One guy who was sick of ordinary work volunteered. He had never done it before but guessed he could figure it out pretty quickly. He jumped in the cab, pulled a lever and dropped the iron bucket, almost killing a few people.
    So, yeah: Trump and his cabinet.

  • Bill Slider

    The Secretary of Education just proved to all who don’t know her, or know of her, that she is wealthy, white, and has no clue, not even one.

  • Jennifer R
    • WTF?

      i am beyond confused. and i’m going to continue watching the crown tonight. not the DC shitshow.

  • Undocumented Skwerl!

    For those of you interested in such things check out Sweatt v. Painter 339 U.S. 629 (1950)
    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2012/10/10/162650487/sweatt-vs-texas-nearly-forgotten-but-landmark-integration-case

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Rather than focus solely on funding, we must be willing to make the tangible, structural reforms

    Call me paranoid, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Betsy DeVos spouted this crap about HBCUs being an example of school choice working to cover that up. Good luck with your budgets, educators!

  • shaar dula

    i wish somebody saying ‘you can take this book from my cold dead hands’ or ‘you can remove my cold dead body from my school’ were as popular as that the other quote.

    especially given that education is the ONLY HOPE for ordinary people to improve their lot.

  • Jgb979

    I genuinely don’t know where she falls on the stupid/evil side of the scale because everything she does falls so equally into both categories.

    Why does a woman who comes from billions, married billions, never worked, never has seen the inside of a public school before till monday,
    Why does she want to be put in the position she has?

    It should terrify everyone to their core that the private school system for billionaires can still produce someone so objectively unintelligent.

    • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

      Power

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      Money.

      • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

        that too

    • shaar dula

      somebody stupidity no education can fix.

    • yyyaz

      To share her “talent, treasure and time” for the greater glory of babby jeebus.

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Nefariousness!…

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Her family will make many (more) millions if she gets her way. Easy to connect the dots when there are only two of them.

    • SayItWithOtters

      Her Christofascist-Dominionist plan to enact the Republic of Gilead via the dismantling of all public institutions and the indoctrination of American children to serve as cannon-fodder for Christ?

    • Meccalopolis

      To destroy public schools

    • handyhippie65

      you don’t learn intelligence. you either have it, or you don’t. if you have an IQ of 100, the most expensive schools on the planet won’t change that.

  • Christopher Boscarino

    Not only is that paragraph about Christian spirituals trying to whitewash(!) slavery, but it ignores the fact that no serious music critic would ignore Blues, Jazz, R and B, and it’s white middle class descendant, Rock, as probably an equal if not greater contribution by African Americans. I guess if you think it’s all devil music, you stick your fingers in your ears and pretend nothing happened since the advent of ragtime ( early jazz).
    EDIT: Oh, and rap. Can’t believe I forgot that one.

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      “… the advent of ragtime.” Popularized by a black man Scott Joplin.

      • Christopher Boscarino

        yup, my point exactly.

    • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

      Reminds me of the Duck Dynasty guy’s quote about all the happy negroes when he was growing up, he never heard anyone singing the blues. My first thought was, dude, Robert Johnson died in 1938.

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Jazz (jism), Rock and Roll, and certainly the Blues, were all about Sex!, and so certainly Devil territory…

    • Meccalopolis

      They weren’t crazy about ragtime either

      https://youtu.be/yiwPhivTBV8

  • Mavenmaven

    This sounds progressive compared to Trump’s newest idea, that the Jews did all the grave desecrating and bomb threatening as a false flag.

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Didn’t he also blame a 400 lb man in his mother’s basement?…

      • Mavenmaven

        Apparently everything is the fault of a Black Jewish Mexican 400 lb Democrat living in his mother’s basement.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      JFC – is the fuckwit Twatter-in-Chief getting his news from Breitbart (or worse, Beribart’s commenters)? Or is it Alex Jones?

      • resistance_fighter_rosenbomb

        The answer is D) All of the Above

      • Even Alex Jones hasn´t stopped that low.

      • phoenix00

        Yes

        (more specifically from Tucker Carlson, apparently)

  • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba
    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Buddhists, but, you know … brown. I feel safer already.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    Black bootstraps!!

  • Red Bird Ω

    I will never understand what it is that made/makes white Americans dislike black people so much. Thank God for that.

    • Eileen Besse

      Same here.

    • CriticalDragon1177

      One word for you, “slavery.” You really have to dehumanize someone if you believe individual rights, but simultaneously believe that its okay to keep one group of people in bondage as property.

    • JerryRich

      Black people don’t understand it either, but know we must deal with it.

  • azeyote

    so basically it was that the whip of Christianity to the backs of slaves that made it so spiritual –

    • CriticalDragon1177

      Not to mention hypocritical.

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Doktor Zoom,

    Talk about ignoring inconvenient facts. Seriously Betsy, you should be old enough to understand the fact that at one point and time it was actually illegal in much of the country for blacks to attend the same schools as whites. Also in most cases the black schools had far fewer resources than the white schools, in part because blacks tended be poorer than whites, also in large part, because of racism.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      At one time, it was illegal for blacks to be taught to read and write.

      • CriticalDragon1177

        I think that was during the days of slavery. At least “Jim Crow” as bad as it was, was marginally better than that. That says a lot doesn’t it?

  • Keith Taylor

    I. Do. Not. Believe. This. Even. From. Betsy. DeVos.
    Ron Fournier nailed it in four words.
    I’m afraid to check out that textbook for homeschoolers. Forget the apparent ignorance of any and all black music except spirituals. The slaves sang songs that were the saddest laments ever, about leaving this world for the next and seeing the banks of Jordan and going to Heaven, because their situation in THIS world was so fucking horrible. The only cheerful slave song I ever heard was “Follow the Drinking Gourd”, and that was about escaping north to freedom. I wonder if that textbook mentions Harriet Tubman or Frederick Douglass. The man Trump mentioned as though he’s still alive.
    Wait for the textbook that tells defenceless little kids the Earth is flat and the sky is a thin solid dome above it.

    • SayItWithOtters

      When a Beltway-insider-dipshit like Fournier can call it … that’s a new level of tone deafness.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    So according to DeVos, it was the black folks who invented “separate but equal.”
    That’s major league, time-traveling, reality-bending 12-dimesional projection. You have to be impressed, in a horrified and mildly nauseated way.

    • C4TWOMAN

      For those of you following Timeless, this could be evidence Writtenhouse had not two but three “lifeboats:”(a kind of time ship).

      • Dutchman

        Damn, I have episodes queued while I’m binging other things to take my mind off current events.

        • C4TWOMAN

          Kinda the other way around for me. ‘Timeless’ was my escape. Now the 1st season’s over and we don’t know if it’s renewed, I’m catching up on Supergirl and Emerald City.

    • Amelia

      According to a guy I used to work with, the biggest slave owners were actually black, and so black people who complained about white people for slavery were just not as educated as the janitor who kept getting turned down for better jobs.

      These people are talented at being delusional and blind, but not a lot else.

  • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba
  • Royal Ugly Dude

    Also too just imagine how thirsty they’d have been without those drinking fountains.

  • Debra Dassow

    Frederick Douglas whispered those hints for her tweets into her ear.

    • JustDon’tSayDieInJail

      Oh, I didn’t know the meeting was in Bowling Green.

    • phoenix00

      Those whispers will be recognized more and more.

  • Paperless Tiger

    African Americans were pioneers in being privatized also too.

  • Unnamed_and_MaybeFake

    Someone remind her that the good folks of Little Rock were not so welcoming of options after Brown v Education went down while we’re at it.

  • Randy Riddle

    So … is she wanting Water Fountain Choice, too?

  • Riley Whodat Venable

    I’ll say this. Sec. DeVos is making a good argument for shutting down her department.
    All you attorneys out there, read Sweatt v Painter. It is why there is a public HBCU in Houston.

  • Charon_69

    Next…the new Commerce Secretary praises segregation’s role in creating extra lunch counters and movie theatres?

    • Thomas McCabe

      Not to mention the additional toilet facilities c.f. Hidden Figures.

      • Jeffery Campbell

        I think you mean Hidden Fences.

  • Riley Whodat Venable

    Although HBCUs enroll only about 5% of US students they produce the majority of Black and Hispanic lawyers, and the majority of Minority pharmacists.

  • anon_the_great

    Racist dumb struck Xian moran. Unfucker her infinity plus one.

    Then again I suspect sex has never been more than an yucky obligation.

    Jesus’ peen wept…

  • Sir Ergot of Rye

    In her defense she did make up for it by announcing that “slavery was the result of a scam run by Africans looking for free passage to the Americas”.

    • Keith Taylor

      Well, so it was. Everybody who has studied real history, or maybe even listened to Sessions a little, knows that. And those Middle Passage ships were actually luxury galleys rowed by white people being used as cheap labour, while the black passengers danced and ate in the salon and slept on silk, and nobody died on the way … at least not one black person. Wait for the new history textbooks that will be printed in the same series as the new biology and astronomy textbooks.
      Wait also for the old politically correct textbooks to be consigned to public bonfires.

      • Jeffery Campbell

        It was like booking passage on the Normandie. Well, with manacles and death.

  • JoeChristmas

    Needs moar ACCESS!!1! and FREEDOM!!1! and Je$u$ profiteering for her friends.

    • Sandy Beaches

      Needs moar Foghorn Leghorn, if you ask me.

  • BadKitty904

    I mean, what more could the Negroes want?

    ~ Betsy deVhite

  • JoeChristmas

    Who knew that racism and segregation was so complicated?

  • Ducksworthy

    It was clever of the Indians to found Dartmouth too, also.

  • Ilgattomorte

    Actually, this is exactly her plan for the public school system. All you need to do is pull enough money and support from public schools, vilify teachers, make sure that those teachers teach only to the test and before you know it, public schools become so piss-poor they are no longer a choice. At that point your only choice becomes private or charter schools. Then everybody gets to experience the plucky self reliance of HBCUs. Won’t that be a great thing for everyone?

    You see, DeVos knows better than us. One cannot really appreciate choice until they have no choice at all.

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    Betsy DeVos being a blithering idiot is the best argument I can think of against “school choice”. Argumentum ad Dumbass…

  • Portia McGonagal

    Meanwhile Kellyanne Scamway , in an attempt to deflect from her tacky feet up on the sofa pic, called them HCBUs not once, not twice but thrice ( she’s no three times a lady) in the same interview.

    • Sandy Beaches

      What does the “C” stand for? Other than the obvious, I mean.

      • Portia McGonagal

        HBCUs = Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

        In her mangled version? No clue.

  • Sandy Beaches

    Yes, Betsy, and those black people who worked on the plantations in the south were pioneers for migrant workers. Jeezus, what a cunt.

  • Sandy Beaches

    An Aside (as opposed to completely off topic): I live a stone’s throw from Justice Thurgood Marshall’s alma mater, Lincoln University, an HBU and my child asked if she could go there one day. I said, “of course you can.” She doesn’t go there, but I didn’t want to close that door or have her think she couldn’t go there because she is white.

    • RobKanC

      Not sure what you mean. HBUs accept students of all color. Even white ppl.

      • Sandy Beaches

        That actually was my point. HBUs accept all people, regardless of race, but we need to erase the stigma that exists and treat these universities as what they are: legitimate.

  • President in Exile Firefly

    “Booker T and the MGs is one of the most underrated bands of the 1960s,” added Devos.

    • Wookie Monster

      I think Betsy is more of a Pat Boone fan.

  • SadDemInTex

    Take me back to the Matrix. It makes more sense.

  • dshwa

    I read her quote, and decided that was enough internet for the day.

    • Teto85

      I had to wash my hands several times after logging off.

  • SullivanSt

    Once might think that perhaps HBCUs are an example of how race-conscious affirmative actions are sometimes necessary and effective to start to overcome the presence and legacy of systemic racism.

    If one had a fucking clue.

  • RugzYaBurnt

    “De Vos could have done worse.” Somehow, I don’t think she’ll be bereft of opportunities to do just that.

  • Donna Schoenkopf

    “Avant garde performance artist, Betsy Devos . . .” Heh.

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