Students stood against Betsy DeVos

BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, NJ - NOVEMBER 19: (L to R) president-elect Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos pose for a photo after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Students at a university at which Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos gave a commencement address turned their backs to her and started to boo expressing protest. The university president was forced to come to her defense, but because of the boos and chants it was completely impossible to hear what she said. Defending DeVos amid the boos and chants, university president Edison Jackson said: “If this behaviour continues, your degrees will be mailed to you… Choose which way you want to go.” The university staff stood behind Ms DeVos in both direct and indirect meanings of this word. Boos reached a peak when DeVos mentioned President Trump, and that she said she planned to visit the gravesite of the founder of the university Mary McLeod Bethune. DeVos attacked “startling polarisation across the United States”, and said the students should approach those with different views with grace. “We will not solve the significant and real problems our country faces if we cannot brings ourselves to embrace a mindset of grace,” she said.“We must first listen, then speak, with humility, to genuinely hear the perspectives of those with whom we don’t immediately or instinctively agree.”


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