The U.S. Department of Education has apologized for misspelling the name of a historical black figure Sunday morning.
The education department tweeted out a quote from NAACP co-founder W.E.B. Du Bois, reports The Washington Post.
“Education must not simply teach work- it must teach life – W.E.B. Debois,” the department said in a tweet, spelling Du Bois’ name wrong. Du Bois is most well known for being a civil rights activist and a black sociologist.
Twitter users were quick to point out the mistake and criticize the department for their spelling gaffe. Some blamed the recent appointment of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education.
— Mike Flacy (@mikeflacy) February 12, 2017
@usedgov It’s either a terrible mistake or a perverse foray into humor. His name is W.E.B. Du Bois. Screenshot saved.
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) February 12, 2017
“OMG, its Du Bois. Who is in charge over there?…oh wait, I get it,” another Twitter user wrote.
The department issued an apology for the spelling error and re-posted the quote with the correct spelling.
“Post updated – our deepest apologies for the earlier typo,” the department tweeted.
The Trump administration was previously slammed when it released a list of 78 terrorist attacks that was filled with spelling errors. The list misspelled ” San Bernardino” as “San Bernadino.” The White House list also spelled “attacker” wrong multiple times.
“If the White House didn’t know how to spell San Bernardino they should’ve read one of thousands of heartbreaking articles remembering victims,” Democratic Rep. Mark Takano from California said.
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