Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Defends State’s Teaching of Black History Amid Criticism from VP Kamala Harris

Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, responded strongly to Vice President Kamala Harris’ accusations that the state is whitewashing black history. In a press conference on Friday, the governor defended Florida’s teaching of black history, asserting that the state provides an accurate and balanced portrayal of the nation’s past.

“I mean, I thought it was absolutely ridiculous. It’s totally outrageous. You guys can look on the website of the Florida Department of Education. You know, they got a lot of scholars together to do a lot of standards and a lot of different things. But these are the most robust standards in African American history probably anywhere in the country. Anyone who reads that will see that it’s very thorough, very factual, and for them to try to demagogue it, look, that may have worked in the past. Nobody’s buying their nonsense anymore,” DeSantis said.

The Florida governor implied the Biden administration has decided to focus on the internal matters of his state to deflect attention from their own purported failures.

“And so, she’s going to come down to the state of Florida and try to chirp and try to demagogue … All she’s doing is ignoring the responsibilities that the administration has to secure our border — they’re failing at that. They’re not developing enough domestic energy — they need to. They’re not doing what we need to do to counteract China in the Pacific, and on and on it goes.”

“So, I would just encourage everyone to read it for yourself,” DeSantis added.

News circulated this week that the state of Florida would teach students black people benefitted from slavery. Conservative commentators denied these allegations, claiming the state’s education standards require teachers to teach how slaves developed skills that could be used for their own benefit. According to state documents, these skills include carpentry, domestic work, agricultural work and painting.

Vice President Kamala Harris shredded Florida’s black history standards in a series of speeches this week.

“They insult us in an attempt to gaslight us and we will not stand for it,” Harris said Thursday in Indianapolis

Harris stopped by Jacksonville to speak out against Florida’s black history education standards.

“They want to replace history with lies,” Harris said, “They insult us in an attempt to gaslight us, and we will not have it. They insult us in an attempt to gaslight us, and we will not have it.”

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