What can you say about the NAACP? The once venerable organization issued a “travel advisory” on Saturday, warning that Florida is hostile to black Americans under the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis.
“Please be advised that Florida public schools will not teach your children accurate African-American history, which includes a history of enslavement, segregation, racial injustice and systemic racism,” the NAACP wrote. “Please be advised that the State of Florida does not value diversity, equity, and inclusion in Florida schools, colleges and universities. Please be advised that the State of Florida does not welcome the contributions of African Americans and people of color.”
The NAACP is under the impression that Florida has banned the teaching of black history. What actually happened is the governor criticized the politicized content in the draft version of the College Board’s new Advanced Placement African American Studies curriculum, which included “critical race theory” (CRT) and Black Lives Matter, and banned the course from schools in the state.
The College Board removed the CRT and “Black Queer Studies” and downgraded BLM material in the draft, among other changes. The board added “black conservatism” as a research project idea. The College Board said it did not bow to political pressure and had changed the document before it received a letter from the Florida Department of Education banning the course.
The NAACP is also referring to new legislation that bans public institutions from spending taxpayers’ money on divisive concepts like “diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).”
DEI in practice looks more like “discrimination, exclusion, and indoctrination.”
The objective isn’t to ban black history but to ban teaching students that individuals are either victims or oppressors based on race and whatever their ancestors did or didn’t do. Children should not be taught to hate themselves or other people.
Here’s what Representative Byron Donalds, a black Florida resident, said on Fox News.
“I don’t even know what the NAACP is talking about.”
Rep. Donalds told Fox news about his years in Florida after he graduated from high school. He lived his life — went to college, got married, started a career, went to church, raised kids, coached sports — and he got elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He called the advisory “silly,” “dumb,” and “political,” and said it makes no sense.
“We should be focused on making sure the people actually have the opportunity to achieve, which Florida is actually doing” better than other states, Rep. Donalds said. “Florida is doing a significantly better job helping black Americans succeed.”
The congressman added that the only thing hostile in Florida is inflation!
Rep. Donalds said in 2021 that the country has to make sure that “nothing divisive is in our curriculum.” Our children are there to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic, “not to hate the country, not to hate the kid sitting next to them because the kid happens to be white.” And not because the kid is black “like me.”