Langston reacts to DeVos comments about HBCUs

She has also spoken of her plans to aid students in failing schools with tuition voucher programs. What kind of twisting [of] history to suit your agenda?!

In truth, many HBCU's were formed as a matter of necessity when white supremacist structures systematically denied black students access to mainstream educational institutions, says University of Pennsylvania Professor Marybeth Gasman.

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been accused of ignorance for suggesting colleges set up for black students are "pioneers of choice". As of February 7, their anticipation was over -- the 11th Secretary of Education position was filled by Betsy DeVos.

"Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) ... 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. The founders of historically black colleges and universities didn't look at the education landscape and see a system that "wasn't working"; they saw racist institutions that comprised a system in which students of color faced overt discrimination.

Betsy DeVos, who was confirmed 50-51 in the Senate as Trump's Secretary of Education, recently completed her eventful first week in office.

Following a meeting yesterday that included President Trump, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, chief of I-don't-know-what Omarosa Manigault and 91 HBCU presidents, DeVos tried to draw a correlation between HBCUs and her personal mission to promote school choice/vouchers at every turn. That is why most of the HBCUs are located in former Jim Crow states. These weren't "more options" as Betsy puts it - they were the ONLY option for many black students. Historically black schools were the only choice for many students of color before integration. She favors charter, private, and religious schools, ignoring public ones. In many cases, for example, black students either weren't allowed to attend certain higher education institutions or faced severe violence if they tried to enroll.

"I attended both (public and private) schools and each of them have their own respective pros and cons", Litschgi said.

DeVos said Title IX and school desegregation remain important issues, but when asked if there are "remaining issues like that" where the federal government should intervene, she responded, "I can't think of any now". Since then, the initiative has been under the umbrella of the Education Department.

Trump signed an executive order on historically black colleges and universities early Tuesday morning.

Her comments come as representatives from the nation's HBCUs meet this week with DeVos and lawmakers in Washington.

What does our new education secretary have for us today?