Kamala Harris says “extremists” want to “replace history with lies” after Florida education standards changed how slavery was taught in schools.
this Vice President Headed to Jacksonville on Friday to denounce new guidelines approved this week by the state board of education, which she said included instructions for middle school students, saying some enslaved people benefited from the skills they learned.
“They have the audacity to spread propaganda against our children. This is the United States of America. We shouldn’t be doing this,” she said.
“Adults know what slavery really involved. It involved rape. It involved torture. It involved taking babies from their mothers. It involved … some of the worst examples of dehumanizing people in our world.
“How could anyone think there is any good in suffering this level of dehumanization during these atrocities?”
Although she did not mention the Republican presidential candidate florida Governor, Ron DeSantiswhich she refers to as “extremists, so-called leaders”.
Mr. DeSantis battling the walt disney company Criticizing a state law that bans discussion of sex and gender in classrooms, saying the new curriculum is needed to prevent liberal indoctrination and accusing Ms Harris of trying to “incite” and politicize history.
He said he was not involved in setting the Board of Education’s standards, but defended the section on how slaves benefited.
But he added: “I think — I think what they’re doing is, I think they might show some people that they’ve finally managed to be a blacksmith and do something later in life.”
He continued: “These are academics putting these things together. It’s not for political purposes.”
In a statement, the governor also said: “Democrats like Kamala Harris must lie about Florida’s education standards to hide their agenda to indoctrinate students and force sexual topics on children.
“Florida stands in their way, and we will continue to expose their agenda and lies.”
Ms. Harris, the first black person to serve as vice president, spoke at the Ritz Theater and Museum in Jacksonville’s historic African American neighborhood.
She described “true patriotism” as “fighting for a country that makes each generation better”, and said schools were better prepared to prepare students for the world if they didn’t cover up historical crimes.
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“Let’s not be tempted to believe that we are better off if we forget,” she said.
“If we remember, we’re better. If we remember, we’re stronger.”