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Kamala Harris claims that, According to Florida’s recently adopted history curriculum, some Black people benefited from slavery because it gave them practical skills.

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The Florida Board of Education’s new guidelines for how Black history will be taught in schools drew criticism from Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday, who characterised them as an attempt by radical leaders to promote misinformation.

Speaking in Jacksonville, Harris claimed that the recently approved curriculum was based on an intentional effort to deceive youngsters since it implies that some slaves benefited from the skills they learned while performing forced labour.

Harris stated that “they want to replace history with lies.” If we truly care about the well-being of our kids, these radical, so-called leaders ought to provide an example of what is right and proper. They dare to spread propaganda to our kids instead. America is the country in question. That’s not what we’re supposed to do.

In a 216-page document outlining how public schools should teach Black history, the Florida Board of Education approved new standards on Wednesday. These requirements include teaching pupils that some enslaved individuals gained important talents that might be used for their “personal benefit.”

“How is it possible that anyone could suggest that there was a benefit to being subjected to this degree of dehumanization in the midst of these atrocities?” said Harris.

When recalling her own education, the vice president said she was a product of a public school system where teachers encouraged students to “then reach their own conclusions and exercise critical thought in a way that was directly intended to nurture their leadership” after providing the “full expanse of information.”

She remarked, “I stand before you as vice president of the United States because of that attitude.

A White House representative confirmed that Harris personally decided to travel to Jacksonville on short notice on Friday in response to the Florida Board of Education’s approval of new criteria for teaching Black history. This information was first reported by Politico.

Harris informed staff members she wanted to go to Florida the next day when she boarded Air Force 2 on Thursday morning to travel to Indianapolis for an event, according to the official. “And asked her team to look into what a trip would look like,” the individual said. The planning for the trip then began on the aircraft from Indianapolis back to Washington, DC.

According to a White House representative, “travelling to Jacksonville was about calling out what is happening in clear terms—in Florida and across the country; underscoring that this was not just about Black history, but about preserving American history; about showing up and fighting back; and, reminding parents, teachers, students, and the people of Florida that they are not fighting alone.”

The official said, “remarks from faith leaders, elected officials, parents, and teachers, all of different races and backgrounds, who were concerned with the new stands for how Black history would be taught in Florida” were to be included in the speaking programme for Friday’s event.

Comments From Florida Governor??

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis criticised Harris’ visit in a statement on Twitter after earlier this year he prevented high school students in his state from taking an AP African American studies course.

The GOP nominee for president tweeted, “Democrats like Kamala Harris have to lie about Florida’s educational standards to hide for their agenda of indoctrinating schoolchildren and pushing sexual subjects upon minors. “Florida stands in their way, and we will continue to expose their agenda and lies.”

DeSantis appeared to be attempting to separate himself from the curriculum revisions while simultaneously supporting the new standards when he spoke with reporters later on Friday.

When questioned about the language used by the Board of Education in its recommendations on how to educate about slavery, DeSantis responded, “I didn’t do it and I wasn’t involved in it.”

“But I think — I think what they’re doing is, I think that they’re probably going to show some of the folks that eventually parlayed, you know, being a blacksmith into, into doing things later in life,” he continued, alluding to slaves. “That was put together by academics. Nothing political was involved with it.

Members of Florida’s African American History Standards Workgroup William Allen and Frances Presley Rice defended the standards earlier this week, calling them “rigorous and comprehensive,” and asserting that the update that has received harsh criticism demonstrates “that some slaves developed highly specialised trades from which they benefitted.”

Kamala Harris urged Americans to confront history rather than ignore it on Friday.

“Tragedy and victory are the origins of our country’s history. We are what we are. That contributes to some of our grit, she remarked.

“Let’s dispel the idea that we would deny everything about our history. Let’s resist the temptation to think that if we forget it, it would somehow make us better. If we remember, we’ll be better.

Prior to making her statements, Harris claimed she met with local leaders, including Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, and two Democrats from the state Legislature.

In a travel recommendation published in May, the NAACP referred to Florida as being “openly hostile towards African Americans, people of colour, and LGBTQ+ individuals.”

Additionally, the group criticised the revised Black history curriculum, stressing the significance of teaching children “that the horrors of slavery and Jim Crow were a violation of human rights and represent the darkest period in American history.”

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