Vice President Harris blasted Florida Republicans as “so-called extreme leaders” in a conversation with Democratic leaders regarding Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) decision to obstruct an Advanced Placement African American studies course. During a trip to Florida on Sunday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v.
Wade’s decision, Harris visited with the state’s minority leaders of the House of Representatives, Fentrice Driskell, and the Senate, Lauren Book, both Democrats. In the discussion, Harris, the first Black woman, and the first vice president, targeted those who decided to outlaw the course.
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According to a White House official, Harris told the senators that “every student in our country should be able to learn about the culture, contributions, and experiences of all Americans – especially Black Americans – who impacted our history.” Harris continued, “Unfortunately, so-called radical leaders in Florida ban books, disrupt history lessons, and forbid teachers from openly addressing who they are and who they love.
The future of America cannot be shaped by anyone who prohibits the study of American history. In a letter sent last week, Florida officials informed the College Board of their choice to ban the course. The Florida Department of Education wrote in the letter that the course’s material was “clearly in violation of Florida law and largely devoid of educational value.”
Which state law the course broke was not made clear in the letter? One of several conservative-controlled states’ measures to limit how race is taught in schools is the decision by Florida to eliminate the AP course. The critical race theory, an academic idea that examines how systemic racism has affected American laws and institutions, has come under fire from numerous Republican governors and legislators.
In one of her first official acts, Republican governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Arkansas issued an executive order last week that forbids teachers from bringing up race in particular contexts. The DeSantis administration’s choice was deemed “incomprehensible” by the White House. According to press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre(Twitter Account), “It is incomprehensible to see… this ban or this block, to be more precise, that DeSantis has put forward.”