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(48,957 posts)
Tue Aug 1, 2023, 09:50 AM Aug 2023

Judd Legum: Meet the "scholars" who created Florida's new Black history curriculum


To comply with the Stop WOKE Act, a 2022 law championed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), the state needed to create a new curriculum for Black history. The law required the curriculum to "celebrate the inspirational stories of African Americans who prospered, even in the most difficult circumstances" and banned instruction that would make students "feel guilt, anguish, or other forms of psychological distress because of actions, in which the individual played no part, committed in the past by other members of the same race."

The new Black history curriculum was approved by the State Board of Education on July 19. The response has been scathing. "Today's actions by the Florida state government are an attempt to bring our country back to a 19th century America where Black life was not valued, nor our rights protected," NAACP President Derrick Johnson said in a statement.

Much of the criticism has centered around a provision of the new curriculum that requires instruction about "how slaves developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit." That provision was blasted by Black Republicans. “There is no silver lining in slavery,” Senator and presidential candidate Tim Scott (R-SC) said. “Slavery was really about separating families, about mutilating humans and even raping their wives. It was just devastating.” Congressmen Byron Donalds (R-FL) and John James (R-MI) also spoke out against the curriculum. DeSantis responded by attacking the three Black Republicans, claiming they accepted Democrats' "false narratives" and "lies."

DeSantis also defended the notion that enslaved people benefited from slavery. "Some of the folks…eventually parlayed, you know, being a blacksmith into doing things later in life," DeSantis told a reporter while campaigning in Iowa.



(51,424 posts)
1. There's something wrong with Desantis' brain, and it's more than his awkwardness...
Tue Aug 1, 2023, 10:11 AM
Aug 2023

lack of charm meaness on the campaign trail, it's absolute thick stupidity to defend the pure, racist notion enslaved people benefited from skills learned in being enslaved later in life.

There's absolutely no way to defend it, as the enslaved were never mean to eventually be free to enjoy anything. And the slaveholders fought a bitter civil war to ensure that their enslaved humans remained their property to be worked from dawn to dusk daily.We all know they lost the war.

So now back to DeSantis attemp to defend such cruel silliness in rewriting history. He's continuing as today he challenged VP Harris to come to Florida to debate him on the matter.

Just thick, I tell you. No wonder he had only two dozen people, 24, to show up a a $1.00 beer event in New Hampshire yesterday. People don't like the charmless moron.


(15,191 posts)
2. Florida 2023 makes the old segregationist South almost a liberal institution.
Tue Aug 1, 2023, 10:19 AM
Aug 2023

Who knows where this will lead? I trust in the coming judgement of history over rejection of history.

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