April 20, 2024

Kamala Harris Criticizes Ron DeSantis for Black History ‘Propaganda’

Vice President Kamala Harris submitted to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday for his administration controversial educational standards for teaching about Black history.

“They’re trying to replace history with lies,” Harris said in Jacksonville, the Republican governor’s home turf, during a last-minute trip to the state. “They insult us in an attempt to burn us, and we won’t have it.”

The vice president, who made history as the first Black person to hold the position, met with local teachers and civil rights activists before delivering an aggressive speech responding to GOP efforts across the country to ban books and curtail rights in and out of the classroom.

Florida new social studies standards for K-12 schools approved by the state board of education this week. They include guidance on how slaves used skills they learned. They also emphasize in the early grades the achievements of significant Black Americans rather than the challenges they faced.

A group of 11 organizations, including the NAACP, sent a letter to the board of education saying that students deserved the “full unvarnished history,” be it good or bad.

“How could anyone suggest that there was any benefit in being subjected to this level of inhumanity amidst these horrors?” Harris asked Friday.

She then took a dig at DeSantis — who is running for the GOP presidential nomination — by referring to “people who want to be leaders” and saying they are “pushing propaganda on our kids.”

Under DeSantis’ tenure, Florida has enacted several controversial policies related to classroom instruction. Earlier this year, a Florida school board banned the Advanced Placement African American Studies from being taught in high schools across the state, claiming the course lacked educational value. The state also enacted its so-called “Don’t Say Gay” measure that prohibits public school teachers from talking about sexual orientation or gender identity in grades kindergarten through. eighth grade.

Harris aimed to address Florida’s education standards in Indianapolis on Thursday at a national convention for Delta Sigma Theta, a historically black sorority.

She warned that “so much is at stake in this moment: our most basic rights and freedoms, fact versus fiction, basic principles about what it means to be a democracy.”

DeSantis fired back Friday by accusing Harris and other Democrats of lying.

“Democrats like Kamala Harris have to lie about Florida’s education standards to cover their agenda of indoctrinating students and pushing sexual topics on children,” DeSantis said in a statement.

Then the governor of Florida sued the the youngest daughter of Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden. The elder Biden has not yet publicly acknowledged the child. “Maybe if Biden’s granddaughter moved to Florida he would visit her,” DeSantis said.

The governor’s response is just the latest example of Republicans launching ugly attacks on the Bidens. At a congressional hearing earlier this week, far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) showed naked pictures of Hunter Biden which was obtained from his laptop.

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