Dear Betsy: Jim Crow was not a choice – Voices On Campus – Medium

March 4, 2017 Featured Story , Social Justice
Dear Betsy: Jim Crow was not a choice – Voices On Campus – Medium

Betsy Devos — our nation’s secretary of education — needs a history lesson. As the esteemed presidents of more than 60 historically black colleges and universities gathered at the White House, she praised HBCUs as “real pioneers when it comes to school choice.” She must have forgotten — or she never knew — that Jim Crow laws prohibited black people from attending white colleges. In those days that meant all colleges, so if black people wanted to go to college, they had to build their own.

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