Various activists and leaders were quick to praise students at a historically black university for booing Secretary of Education Betsy Devos Wednesday.
Activists, writers, and commentators took to Twitter to praise the students’ actions, calling them “protesters” who displayed courage for interrupting Devos’ commencement speech at Bethune-Cookman University.
Bethune Cookman President Jackson made a fool of himself with Betsy DeVos. Once again, HBCU students show more courage than their leaders.
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) May 10, 2017
DeVos gave a 25-minute speech at the university, during which some graduates turned their backs on her while she spoke. Students also booed loudly and told DeVos to “Go home!”
I can watch this all day.
— Imraan Siddiqi (@imraansiddiqi) May 10, 2017
Others said the students were just following in the footsteps of their college’s founder.
How Bethune-Cookman graduates acted when Betsy DeVos came out. I so appreciate them. pic.twitter.com/SvdZor2zzd
— PrestonMitchum (@PrestonMitchum) May 11, 2017
DeVos brushed aside the heckling in a statement released Wednesday night after her commencement speech.
“One of the hallmarks of higher education, and of democracy, is the ability to converse with and learn from those with whom we disagree,” DeVos said over Twitter. “While we may share differing points of view, my visit and dialogue with students leaves me encouraged and committed to supporting HBCUs.”
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