DeSantis invited Harris to Florida to discuss the curriculum’s merits in response to the vice president’s persistent criticism of the Republican presidential candidate over a new African American history curriculum created for the Sunshine State.
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In a letter to Harris, DeSantis claims that “our state pushed forward nation-leading standalone African American history standards — one of the only states in the nation to require this level of learning about such an important subject.” “One would assume that the White House would commend such audacity in educating students about the distinctive and significant story of African American history. Instead, you’ve tried to score cheap political points by branding the parents in Florida as extremists.
It continued, “I am formally inviting you back to Florida to talk about our African American history standards.”
In Harris’s opinion, it is offensive to teach students about “how slaves developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit,” as stated in the curriculum.
Despite the fact that an AP African American history course contains a similar clause meant to highlight slaves’ resiliency and adaptability, Harris declared late last month that middle school students in Florida will be taught that enslaved people benefited from slavery.
Surprisingly, however, a large number of Trump allies, including Gaetz, have chosen to support Harris over DeSantis.
Gaetz said on Monday night, “Imagine being thirsty enough to want a Kamala visit.”
“. @RonDeSantis, #1: CTE did not include slavery! Nothing about those 400 years of evil was a “net benefit” to my ancestors, Rep. John James (R-MI) falsely claimed in a tweet last week, misattributing the term to DeSantis despite neither he nor the Florida standards having used it.
It is noteworthy that James supported Trump in July after saying in December that he was “not fit to lead.”
Another supporter of the former president, Rep. Wesley Hunt (R-TX), repeated the myth of the “net benefit.”
He tweeted last Friday, “As the direct descendent of a slave, I have a hard time understanding Governor DeSantis’ position that transferrable skills learned in bondage are somehow a net benefit.”
Throughout DeSantis’ 2018 campaign for governor, Gaetz assisted him with debate preparation. Together, they served in the House of Representatives as members of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative lawmakers.