You wouldn’t know the kind of person Betsy DeVos truly is if all you did was read some media reports about her. While those reports will breathlessly talk about the Secretary of Education as though they are highly informed and understand her intimately, that is simply not the case. She is really not the kind of person that is so often shown in the media. She is a lot more complex and compassionate than some people might like to believe.
Betsy DeVos hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She and her husband Dick DeVos are well-known fixtures in the area for the charitable work that they have done. The two are also known for being billionaires after having a large stake of control in the family business called Amway. They have not hoarded their money though, in fact far from it. Instead, they have spread that wealth around by donating to causes that they really believe in.
There are some things that you cannot make up when it comes to just how much good these two have done. Betsy and Dick have combined to give away enough to build numerous museums and other buildings of public importance to help grow out Grand Rapids and the influence that the city can have for the people who live there.
Other signs that Betsy DeVos is not always the same person that is on television is the fact that she paused to speak with members of LGBT groups before the Trump Administration (which she is a part of) issued new rules that resending the Obama-era rules regarding transgender students using the bathrooms of their choice. Obama-era regulations allowed for this, but the Trump Administration took it away.
Betsy DeVos clearly did not agree with what the administration had done, and she wanted to let those who might be most harmed by it know what was about to happen ahead of time. She didn’t have to do that, but she found it to be important enough to make sure they knew what was going on. In this way, Betsy DeVos once again proved that she is not the evil person that some make her out to be.
You have to think about Betsy DeVos with a broader mind than what some are willing to approach this with. There are things about her that you probably won’t like, but that would be true of any person. You just have to understand that sometimes people are shown in a certain light in the media when they are in fact much different than that when you meet them up close. Understanding the difference is essential to understanding Betsy DeVos and the work that she has continued to do over the years.
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