The next casualty of Betsy DeVos? Civil rights protections on campus - 2017-07-18
Betsy DeVos wants to "return" the Office of Civil Rights in her education department "to its role as a neutral, impartial, investigative agency". Lest our sense of irony has been dulled by the clown car that is Trump-era federal politics, her goal is nothing of the sort.
In fact, the goal of our 11th – and worst – secretary of education is simple: the dismantling of the office designed to ensure the compliance of our country's universities with the various anti-discrimination statutes that are on the books. But before we get into any of the terrible ramifications of DeVos's edict, it should be pointed out that she is a massive hypocrite.
When the Obama administration sent out a letter to state boards of education reminding them that there are legal protections for queer, transgender and gender non-conforming students – including allowing them to use the bathroom that best fits their gender identity – it was seen as a milestone in the guarantee of a safe environment of learning for everyone. For most Americans, using the bathroom is something that we take for granted; when you gotta go, you go.