In a priceless gift to liberals on social media, Betsy DeVos‘s Department of Education misspelled W.E.B. Du Bois‘s name in a tweet quoting the writer, historian, and legendary civil rights activist.
The tweet spelled his last name “DeBois” — a spelling oddly similar to the new Education Secretary’s last name.
The misspelling was left up for hours before another tweet with a correction and apology was issued. But according to Yahoo! News, that tweet had a typo as well.
“Our deepest apologizes for the earlier typo,” the initial apology tweet read before it was deleted and a final one was issued.
Unsurprisingly in the wake of the initial misspelling, Twitter mockery ensued.
— Mike Flacy (@mikeflacy) February 12, 2017
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 12, 2017
.@usedgov *W.E.B. Du Bois
All good. Not like this is the official Twitter for the US Department of Education. 😒
— Ryan Wyatt (@Fwiz) February 12, 2017
@usedgov I am glad my public school teachers taught me how to properly spell the names of noted scholars!!
— Maris Kreizman (@mariskreizman) February 12, 2017
@usedgov OMG, it’s DuBois. Who is in charge over there?…oh, wait, I get it.
— Jennifer Morgan (@ProfJLMorgan) February 12, 2017
.@usedgov First y’all thought Frederick Douglass was alive, now you can’t spell Du Bois. This bodes well for an already faltering system.
— Mehreen Kasana (@mehreenkasana) February 12, 2017
— Marcus J. Moore (@MarcusJMoore) February 12, 2017
Even the NAACP, which Du Bois founded, jumped into the fray.
“‘In the Days of Loose & Careless Logic, We Must Teach Thinkers to THINK.’ – William Edward Burghardt DU Bois,” the NAACP tweeted in response.
"In the Days of Loose & Careless Logic, We Must Teach Thinkers to THINK." – William Edward Burghardt DU Bois 👏🏽 https://t.co/3m03Vnt5C1
— NAACP (@NAACP) February 12, 2017
This isn’t the first time DeVos caused a Twitter uproar in her newly-minted role as Education Secretary. On Wednesday, she posted a photo to her own official Twitter account of herself walking into her new office with the caption, “Day 1 on the job is done, but we’re only getting started,” she wrote. “Now where do I find the pencils?”
Day 1 on the job is done, but we’re only getting started. Now where do I find the pencils? 🙂 pic.twitter.com/0vRKF1opE9
— Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVos) February 9, 2017
Twitter pounced on the tweet, reminding DeVos that teachers usually have to purchase their own supplies.
@BetsyDeVos not in the thousands of public schools that can barely afford supplies. Looking forward to you cleaning that lil issue up.
— Erin Weaver (@ByErinWeaver) February 9, 2017
@BetsyDeVos You worked a whole day but didn’t have anything to write with? Maybe you could hold a bake sale to buy some pencils.
— (((David Lytle))) (@davitydave) February 9, 2017
@BetsyDeVos you realize how NOT funny this is since most teachers buy their own supplies. But I bet you’re gonna pink slip them anyway.
— MalyndaHale (@MalyndaHale) February 9, 2017
— Shoq (@Shoq) February 9, 2017
@BetsyDeVos A true educator wouldn’t have to ask… we carry them with us at all times
— Laura Fischer (@Buckeyegal2008) February 9, 2017
@BetsyDeVos This isn’t funny. You couldn’t answer basic questions about education during your hearing.
— Bill Shapiro (@Bill_Shapiro) February 9, 2017
DeVos was confirmed by the Senate last week after Vice President Mike Pence casted a historic tie-breaking vote. Critics slammed DeVos for her support of vouchers for private schools and the fact that she hasn’t neither worked in, attended, or sent her children to public schools.
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