US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faces thunderous boos from students as she gives the graduation address at historically black Bethune-Cookman University in Florida.
I don’t have a problem with Betsy DeVos in this. She was asked to speak. So she spoke. However, I do have a HUGE problem with the Chancellor standing next to her in the Dumbledore costume.
How dare he stand in front of people that have just spent over $100,000 buying his product and speak to them like they are toddlers? You are going to mail them their degrees if they don’t stop acting like adults?!? If they don’t sit down and shut up? Seriously?
This is an ongoing issue. We older Black folks need to stop feeling that we can speak to younger Black ADULTS as if they are children. It perpetuates the historical American view of Blacks as not people but just overgrown “children”. It perpetuates that view because it is a direct product of that view. Too many older Black folks do believe that Blacks are just overgrown children that need to be handled as such. Told what to do. Threatened. Yelled at. Never treated as the fully equal adults that they are. Not ever.
Bethune-Cookman should issue an apology to their students. And the Chancellor should resign.
It isn’t the kids that need to grow up. It’s us.