They say a picture is worth a thousand words. There have now been thousands and thousand of words written about this particular photo of presidential mouthpiece Kellyanne Conway crotch-spread crouching on a couch in the Oval Office like a sorority girl home for the weekend. Let it speak to you:
Why is this even happening? Well, Donald Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a contested candidate who has zero experience in schools and who wants to cut school lunches and install a voucher system that will more or less resegregate the education system, recently commented on the situation. She said this about HBCUS (of which were in attendance in the photo): “They started from the fact that there were too many students in America who did not have equal access to education. They saw that the system wasn’t working, that there was an absence of opportunity, so they took it upon themselves to provide the solution.”
DeVos was wrong and was heavily criticized because that innovation was a response to segregation and not something black Americans should have been forced to do. It wouldn’t be such an incendiary statement if Devos’s ideology weren’t so connected to de facto segregation as well.
The men gathered around Trump’s desk trying as hard as they can to not look Conway’s direction are all representatives of those historically black colleges, because there’s nothing Trump loves more than a photo op. This obviously wasn’t the photo op he was expecting, but on the other hand, he didn’t tell Kellyanne to get her feet off the cushions. Twitter did though:
It should be mentioned that the heightened tension of black Americans and Trump's administration also played a role in this fallout. Kellyanne Conway also appears to type with one finger, which may secretly be the most insane thing about this image.