Yep, she said that.
“They started from the fact that there were too many students in America who did not have equal access to education,” DeVos said in a statement. “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.”
“HBCUs are real pioneers when it comes to school choice,” she added. “They 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.”
Twitter responded to the white-washing of history:
Chris Murphy ✔ @ChrisMurphyCT Read the whole statement. It is BANANAS. Says the solution to school segregation was to build more black only schools. I’m not kidding. https://twitter.com/slate/status/836471094051815424 …
Claire McCaskill Retweeted Ron FournierTotally nuts. DeVos pretending that establishment of historically black colleges was about choice not racism.
Senator Bob Casey✔ @SenBobCasey No, Sec. DeVos- the segregation and inequality that forced the establishment of HBCUs is not a model of “school choice.” https://twitter.com/slate/status/836471094051815424 …
Brandon E. Patterson ✔ @myblackmindd
Is this a joke? HBCUs exist because racist white folks wouldn’t let black people into their school. We didn’t have a “choice.”
Sadly, she wasn’t joking. My head hurts.