I’ve been called tactless, among other things, and it’s a fair cop — I’m not very diplomatic. But I am definitely much more judicious than anyone in the Trump administration, I guess. Trump himself is a blundering nitwit, handling this whole Comey affair like a short-tempered, impulsive twit, and Sean Spicer, who is supposed to be good at public relations, was hiding from the press in the bushes.
And now, it’s Betsy DeVos. Poor Betsy. She gave the commencement address at a historically black college, Bethune-Cookman University. Not only is she the person in charge of dismantling the educational system in this country, but the Trump administration has consistently supported racist policies — Attorney General Jeff Sessions, have I said enough? She should have known what she’d get: students and parents booed her throughout the speech, turned their back on her, and some walked out. It was nuts that she was even there. It was amazingly clueless of her to agree to do it, and even more shocking is that she was invited to give that speech. What was going through the mind of Edison Jackson, president of the university? Not much, it seems. He has given three reasons.
But Jackson has staunchly defended his decision, telling reporters Wednesday,God is on our side, and when he’s for you, what does it matter who’s against you?
WTF? That’s a load of god-bothering fatalism right there. Why bother going to college? In’shallah, God will take care of his own.
He called DeVos’s visit an opportunity toengage and educatethe secretary, and said she had met earlier with 12 Bethune-Cookman students who had offered her concrete policy suggestions.
That’s a slightly better reason, but it’s still somewhat delusional. DeVos has a long track record of desiring to happily gut schools, and I don’t think a meeting over lunch is going to change her.
Ah, but here comes the real reason.
But he also presented the decision as pragmatic.We are always about the business of making new friends,Jackson said.Her department controls 80% of the revenue that comes into our school. Why wouldn’t we want to do that?
You don’t want to do that, because her department controls 80% of your revenue. Fight back. Resist. It is inappropriate that these people should have so much power over public education, and it’s administrators who constantly concede greater and greater control who are part of the problem.
The students of Bethune-Cookman University who were vocal in their opposition to this anti-education Education Secretary have more integrity than the president of Bethune-Cookman University.
Look at these students!