Education must not simply teach work - it must teach life. – W.E.B. DeBois pic.twitter.com/Re4cWkPSFA— US Dept of Education (@usedgov) February 12, 2017
It's a nice quote and all, but they misspelled W.E.B. Du Bois' name. And sure, everybody makes mistakes. But Du Bois is not only one of the most well-known and well-regarded educators of the last century, he's also the first African American man to receive a doctorate from Harvard, and it's Black History Month. So this is the kind of thing that they should probably get right. What's crazy, is that they haven't even deleted and re-posted a corrected tweet yet.
Du Bois was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), was a prolific writer, and a civil rights activist who fought against Jim Crow laws, lynching and discrimination in education and employment. In short, he deserves better than to have his name misspelled by a federal department. And yes, people have noticed.
This is not how you spell Du Bois. https://t.co/7EgV4oOYO1— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) February 12, 2017
In which the Department of Education celebrates Black History Month by misspelling the name (it's Du Bois) of the person it's honoring pic.twitter.com/K0XZBn7ift— Taylor Maycan (@TaylorMaycan) February 12, 2017
@slipperpawz I think Betsy owes us a 3/5 essay on W.E.B. Du Bois— Stephanie (@smittyk11) February 12, 2017
No no no. The Dept. of Education has misspelled the name of W.E.B Du Bois. You can't make this up. pic.twitter.com/njYnWL0uCU— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 12, 2017
Is it funny sad or sad funny that our Dept. of Education misspelled the name of the great W. E. B. Du Bois? https://t.co/egi6Nn15gp— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 12, 2017
This is the latest in the White House's BHM blunders, which also included Trump's attempt at a speech honoring black Americans while revealing he doesn't know if Frederick Douglass is dead or alive, Sean Spicer also revealing he doesn't know who Douglass is, and Pence celebrating white man Abraham Lincoln. This has been your daily reminder that what's happening in the White House is not normal and not good.