She had an ally in the university’s president.
When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was invited to deliver the commencement address at a historically black Daytona Beach, Florida university, she probably didn’t expect to be booed for the effort.
She barely got the first sentence out at Wednesday’s Bethune-Cookman University ceremony before students began loudly jeering her in an apparent attempt to drown out her message.
Shortly after the protests began, the administrators and faculty members seated behind her rose from their seats in solidarity with DeVos, who supports charter schools and vouchers for school choice.
Two minutes into her address, she acknowledged that there were some who disagreed with her invitation to speak and that she particularly looked forward to addressing them
“One of the hallmarks of higher education and of democracy is the ability to converse with and learn from those with whom we disagree,” she said.
Graduating students turn their back on Betsy Devos when she started her commencement speech, Jackson had to intervene. pic.twitter.com/zwe82gjHgA
— Saul Saenz (@saulsaenznews13) May 10, 2017
At that point university President Edison O. Jackson approached the microphone to put an end to the nonsense.
“If this behavior continues, your degrees will be mailed to you,” he warned. “Choose which way you want to go.”
Order for the most part was restored, although at least one man was escorted out by security.
He’ll get his degree in the mail — when the president eventually gets around to it. University presidents are known for having hectic schedules.
People on social media wondered why they would boo and jeer someone who favors school choice, a program that favors minorities.
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Students booing Betsy DeVos bc she's an advocate of school choice ironically illustrates why better education is needed in the first place.
— Thought Criminal (@Craftmastah) May 10, 2017
@ABC7 So these graduates hate school choice for the next generation! They want to keep them under the Democratic thumb & dumb them down, sad.
— Patti (@Pattikke) May 10, 2017
@ABC7 That’s just wrong.
— Joe Estrada (@JoeREstrada) May 10, 2017
— cristina ortiz (@Mcc326Ortiz) May 10, 2017
— Tina Burgess (@sftbllmommync) May 10, 2017
One decided to turn liberal logic around on liberals.
@ABC7 That’s because she is white…I’m calling the race card
— Dawn Rovo (@igetcrafty) May 10, 2017
But ask pretty much any person of color and they’ll tell you — only whites can be racist.
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