WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — The Education Department is getting social media criticism after misspelling the name of prominent African-American sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois.
In a tweet Sunday from its official account, the department attributes a quotation to “W.E.B. DeBois” — incorrectly spelling the last name with an “E.”READ MORE: Christmas Tree At Oakland's Jack London Square Catches Fire; Arson Investigation Underway
It immediately drew hundreds of responses mocking the department’s misspelling of the sociologist’s last name, which is correctly spelled Du Bois.
One commenter tweeted: “Looks like @Betsy DeVos is in charge now!” referring to the billionaire GOP donor narrowly confirmed as education secretary last week with a tie-breaker vote by Vice President Mike Pence.READ MORE: Bicyclist Killed In Fall At Oakland's Shepherd Canyon Park
Others posted quizzical looks from African-American students.
Another tweeted: “Smooth move during #BlackHistoryMonth”
E-mail messages seeking comment from the Education Department were not immediately returned.MORE NEWS: Sabrina Spellman Makes An Appearance On The CW's Riverdale; Kiernan Shipka Reveals 'Fans Will Get Some Clarity'
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