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We added the clip above by Alveda King after publication because she is saying what we suspected – the protest was because DeVos is white.
The students in our colleges today have apparently learned that if you don’t agree with someone, you shut them down and behave rudely.
Betsy DeVos was met with raucous boos as she reached the lectern to deliver her commencement remarks at Bethune-Cookman University on Wednesday.
For nearly the entire time she spoke, she was booed, shouted at, and met with calls of “Go home!” from students and audience members.
The boos got louder and students stood giving the black power symbol. This was an anti-white statement.
About two minutes into her address, the president of BCU, Edison Jackson, stopped her to address the students disrupting her speech. The President is to be commended.
Jackson said degrees would be mailed to students if their behavior continued. “Choose which way you want to go,” he said.
DeVos began her speech again, but the threat went unheeded as boos picked up again. DeVos powered on, sticking to prepared remarks.
She addressed some of the opposition to her speaking at the historically black university in Daytona Beach, Florida, asking for those critical of her to hear her out, and voicing her support for HBCUs.
“We support you and we will continue to support you,” she said.
The graduates turned their backs to her. Eventually they faced forward.
A petition had been passed around prior to the graduation, demanding she not be allowed to speak but, in what is a real credit to the school authorities, they ignored it.
The irony of this is it’s a black college and DeVos is seeking funding for charter schools to help minorities.
I have had to sit through graduations with people like Nancy Pelosi and it never occurred to me to boo the witch. That’s not the way to treat people. for her part, Betsy DeVos kept her composure and behaved with class.