Liberals routinely smear Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis as a “racist,” without any evidence except their own emotional and intellectual fragility.
Yet at least one group in that had the courage to admit it was wrong.
As the conservative website Florida’s Voice reported on Sunday, Pierre Rutledge, chairman of the Miami-Dade Black Affairs Advisory Board, issued a statement on behalf of the group that apologized to DeSantis after a board member declared, “Our governor is racist.”
The comment came last week during a discussion of DeSantis’ rejection of the Advanced Placement African American Studies curriculum. Florida’s Department of Education turned down the AP course that was wokedom on steroids.
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DeSantis rejected the course partly because of its emphasis on Black Lives Matter, black queer theory, and the advocacy of slavery reparations. He called that indoctrination, not education.
Some leftists have accused DeSantis of glossing over Black Americans or even calling for black history not to be taught at all — even though Florida state law says teachers will teach slavery, the contributions of black Americans, and other aspects of that.
“We take it to heart when someone uses the term racist,” Rutledge said in the statement issued Friday.
“Words matter. And so, as chair, I must start by saying we want to pull that back. There’s nothing wrong with saying ‘We’re sorry.’ That’s not what we intended to say or be depicted by anyone. And that’s not the feeling of this board.”
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On this issue, at least, DeSantis found an ally in liberal Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor, who is black. As The Free Press recently reported, Proctor dismissed the College Board’s AP African American Studies program as “trash.”
“It’s not African American history. It is ideology,” Proctor said.
After DeSantis objected, the College Board revised the class, and changed or junked the parts Florida snubbed. The board denied that DeSantis had anything to do with that.
Yet Florida’s Voice noted that the new course description now contains a previously unmentioned segment on the “development and ideology of Black conservatism.” That is listed as an optional topic that can be “taught for illustrative purposes,” the website added.
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