WATCH: Betsy Devos Protester Struggles To Explain What He's Protesting

Chris Menahan
May. 11, 2017

CNN interviewed a protester who was kicked out of Betsy Devos's chaotic commencement speech on Wednesday at the historically black college of Bethune-Cookman University.

As you can see from this interview with CNN reporter Nick Valencia, the student didn't appear to have any idea what he's protesting.

"I'm standing behind my seniors on their decision, period," the student, who identified himself as Bobbie Luke said.

Valencia asked him: "What are you standing up for?"

"That's it," Luke said, taking a large pause to think up a response. "That's all I'm trying to say."

"Basically, they don't agree with the speaker for commencement," he said. "That's all I'm with."

"I don't like what she said, and nothing at the end of the day is going to change my opinion," Luke said.

"No--basically, if you not, if you let money devalue your morals, I'm not trying to hear it. At the end of the day. That's all I got to say, man."

Rather than asking Luke to explain his incoherent rambling, CNN's Valencia just dropped it, said "thank you Bobbie," and filmed him as he walked away.

The protests were agitated by the NAACP, various teachers unions and other leftist groups.

The NAACP's statement whined that Devos "still has not pledged to drastically increase funding for all historically black colleges and universities."

A petition similarly demanded HBCUs be given more money.

Incidentally, Trump's 2017 budget included a massive expansion of funding for black colleges and universities, as McClatchy reported last week:
Black colleges and universities got a big win in the new federal budget: a major expansion of the Pell Grants used by thousands of their students.

The bill expands Pell Grants for the nation’s low-income college students by providing the help for three semesters instead of just two per calendar year.

About 1 million students nationwide could benefit from the average $1,650 in additional grant money in the 2017-18 academic year. The year-round restoration will run the government about $2 billion a year, education experts say.

About 8 million students receive Pell funding, which helps them attend two-year and four year colleges and universities.
Despite such generous handouts, it appears it's scored him zero points.

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