The content of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ commencement speech at Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college, was pretty standard: Listen to people who disagree with you, serve your country and give back.

But the reception was raucous. Students booed and turned their back while President Donald Trump’s education chief spoke.

The speech came after students used social media and online petitions to try to prevent the appearance.

From the beginning of her time in office, DeVos has sought out historically black colleges. Some felt the White House’s outreach, which included an infamous photo op, was meaningless.

Early on, DeVos messed up on the subject of the schools. She gave a speech that made it sound as if she was attributing the genesis of these schools to school choice. In reality, they were born out of segregation and inequitable access to education.

The boos made it hard for DeVos to get her words out.

(Next page: Students’ reactions; a “Trumpian” response)


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