The next casualty of Betsy DeVos? Civil rights protections on campus - 2017-07-18

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F345.png The next casualty of Betsy DeVos? Civil rights protections on campus July 18, 2017, Douglas Williams, The Guardian

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.

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{{cite news | first = Douglas | last = Williams | title = The next casualty of Betsy DeVos? Civil rights protections on campus | url = https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/18/betsy-devos-education-civil-rights-protections-office | work = The Guardian | date = July 18, 2017 | accessdate = January 18, 2020 }}