Gov. Ron DeSantis Defends Florida’s Controversial Curriculum on Slavery
Amid intense criticism from both sides of the political aisle, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) staunchly defended Florida’s contentious curriculum on the history of slavery. In a bid to address the concerns raised, DeSantis invited Vice President Kamala Harris to Florida for a discussion on the state’s updated black history standards, alongside one of the academics who helped create them. Joining the defense were Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), who pushed back against the curriculum’s passage.
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During an interview with Fox News host Harris Faulkner, DeSantis dismissed many of the critics as acting in “bad faith.” He emphasized that the curriculum was developed by black history scholars, most of whom are black themselves, who sought to highlight the injustice of slavery rather than promote it. DeSantis clarified that the controversial line in question was not suggesting that slavery was a benefit, but rather acknowledging the resourcefulness and skills acquired by enslaved individuals despite their circumstances.
“I’m fighting back against false narratives,” declared the Florida governor. “I do not let people like Kamala Harris or the media take false narratives and run with them. We will stand our ground and we will speak the truth.”
Dr. William Allen, one of the contributors to the 200-page Florida curriculum, further explained that the controversial line was a crucial addition to teach the stories of black people who persevered under enslavement.
Despite facing criticism, DeSantis remained steadfast in his support for the state’s new guidelines. “I think it’s very clear that these guys did a good job on those standards. It wasn’t anything that was politically motivated. These are serious scholars,” DeSantis concluded. “So don’t side with Kamala on that. Stand up for your state.”
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