Teacher Criticizes Betsy DeVos for Reaction to Charlottesville


Recently, a teacher criticized Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for her “sadly undermanned” reaction to the Charlottesville brutality. Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and Ku Klux Klan followers took to the streets on Aug. 11–12, 2017 to stage a march. A protest that ended with the death of Heather D. Heyer, a 32-year-old Miller Law paralegal.

The Rant of Andre Perry

What was DeVos’ reaction to this catastrophe? Clearly, not enough according to former African-American educationalist, Andre Perry. He is also an ex-charter network chief executive who has worked in both academic and regulatory positions. Also, he is most perceived as the CEO of the Capital One University of New Orleans Charter Network. An association that is comprised of four sanction schools in New Orleans. Aug. 18, DeVos used Twitter to speak out against the violence in Charlottesville.

I’m disgusted by the behavior and hate-filled rhetoric displayed near the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. It is every American’s right to speak their mind, but there is no room for violence or hatred.

Perry believes that DeVos’ Twitter response was evasive. His argument was that DeVos and Donald Trump had not rejected white supremacy after the extreme violence displayed in Charlottesville. Aggression was sparked by a rally of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and members of the Ku Klux Klan. Some trust that she did not concentrate enough on the driver, James Alex Fields Jr. They think she failed to address his vindictive demonstration, crashing into a horde of counter-protesters on Saturday, Aug. 12. Fields was responsible for murdering one and harming numerous more at the “Join the Right” demonstration.

As expressed by his previous history instructor Derek Weimer, Fields was an avid Nazi follower in secondary school. Nonetheless, the history teacher was not ready to challenge Fields’ derisive convictions. However, Perry believes this is a test confronting numerous teachers as hate organizations, encouraged by the election of President Trump, become more open to violence.

The Miseducation of Betsy DeVos

An educator criticizing DeVos for her “sadly inadequate” reaction to the Charlottesville brutality, was just the start for Perry. He believes that DeVos’ bland and woefully deficient speech added more fuel to the fire. The zealous teacher thinks her statement successfully sanitized the animosity that the group of white supremacists thus, called alt-right demonstrators, showed in Charlottesville as they yelled Nazi slurs and waved Confederate and Nazi banners.

He does not stop there. Perry goes onto mention that DeVos, who is supposed to be the country’s best educator, failed the test of showing leadership to teachers, educational authorities, and advisors. Perry believes she failed them on addressing some proficient methods to teach students about extremism, racial domination, and savagery that occurred in American history.

American History: Crash Course on 100 Years of Hate

The Ku Klux Klan, called the KKK or just the Klan, is the name of three radical developments in the United States. These movements have upheld conservative fanatic positions, for example, racial domination, white patriotism, hostile to migration and—particularly in later emphases—Nordicism, against Catholicism and discrimination against Jews.

The original Klan thrived in the Southern United States in the late 1860s. Klan savagery attempted to stifle African-American voting in the south, and voting seasons were fatal. For example, before the Presidential decision of November 1868, more than 2,000 individuals were executed or harmed in Louisiana, inside two weeks. By the mid-1870s, they appeared to have vanished. Yet, many would argue that they never disappeared, just went underground in their activities.

Nevertheless, in 1915, the Klan resurfaced. This time it was established in Atlanta, Georgia. Beginning in 1921, it embraced a present-day business arrangement of utilizing full-time paid workers. They spoke to new individuals as a brotherly association, of which numerous illustrations were prospering at the time. By 1975, there were well-known KKK parties on most school grounds in Louisiana, and at the Universities of Akron, Southern California, Georgia, the Vanderbilt, and the University of Mississippi. Today, many sources group the Klan as a “subversive or fear monger Association.” Devos

The neo-Nazis, on the other hand, are comprised of post-World War II social or political developments. Their goal is to restore the belief system of Nazism. The word neo-Nazism can likewise allude to the philosophy of this evolution. Neo-Nazism acquires components from Nazi teaching, including ultra-nationalism, bigotry, and ableism. Other things to add to their list include xenophobia, homophobia, antiziganism, discrimination against Jews, and starting the Fourth Reich. Denying there was ever a Holocaust is a typical component, like the consolidation of Nazi images and reverence of Adolf Hitler.

Facing the Fire

Perry trusts Trump and DeVos are falling flat by not recognizing this kind of history. He believes Charlottesville was their teaching moment, and they failed the test. Perry rants that the way teachers educate students in the ramifications of Charlottesville can be a brilliant reference in the shameful history of American extremism, or it can be like business as usual. At the end of the day, the chastisement for DeVos’ “deplorably inadequate” reaction to the Charlottesville brutality, appears to be an understatement in the eyes of Perry.

By Jomo Merritt


The Washington Post: In letter to staff, DeVos condemns Charlottesville violence
U. S. News: Betsy DeVos on Charlottesville Rally: ‘Wholly Unacceptable,’ ‘Totally Abhorrent’
Chicago Tribune: News Nation & World National politics After criticism, DeVos condemns Charlottesville violence in letter to staff
Khan Academy: The reemergence of the KKK

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