She called out the mistake on Twitter and queried: "Is it amusing sad or sad amusing that our Dept. of Education misspelled the name of the great W. E. B. Du Bois?" Du Bois was misspelled in a tweet Sunday.
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After a few hours, a corrected tweet was posted along with an apology tweet reading "Post updated - our deepest apologizes for the earlier typo". Du Bois' name in a tweet, then had a typo in a follow-up tweet apologizing for the first mistake. "DeBois." Of course, people on Twitter noticed right away and were not afraid to bring out the red pens and correct the "alternative spelling". But it botched the spelling of the name of the historian and civil rights activist, both replacing the "u" with an "e" and mashing the two distinct parts of his last name together with no space in between. Users on Twitter had a heyday, many referencing the new education chief, Betsy DeVos. DuBois quote but attributed it to some dude named W.E.B.
The NAACP, which Du Bois co-founded, was quick to mock the typo.
The Trump administration hasn't had a great track record when it comes to Black History Month.
"I think he wants to highlight the contributions (Douglas) has made", Spicer said in a daily briefing.