US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been accused of ignorance for suggesting colleges set up for black students are “pioneers of choice”.
After meeting with university leaders at the White House with President Donald Trump on Monday, Ms DeVos released a statement illustrating her administration’s proposals to help develop “underserved communities”.
In it, she said Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were “real pioneers when it comes to school choice.”
“They are living proof that when more options are provided to students, they are afforded greater access and greater quality,” she added. “Their success has shown that more options help students flourish.”
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are institutions set up in the aftermath of the American Civil War allowing citizens or all races to apply to study.
At the time, many US states had segregated systems that banned black and ethnic minority students from enrolling in traditionally white universities.