Vice President Kamala Harris was accused of stoking a "sick" lie about Florida's Black history curriculum, claiming the Sunshine State is replacing "history with lies" in its approval of new state-wide curriculum.
"They want to replace history with lies," Harris said at the Ritz Theatre and Museum in Jacksonville on Friday. "Middle school students in Florida to be told that enslaved people benefited from slavery."
But critics have been quick to argue the vice president's claims are a misrepresentation of the new curriculum standards, which were approved by Florida's Education Department last week.
"This is a sick political strategy that Vice President Harris is trying to do because she knows that her voters are not going to take the time to actually read the curricula of the Florida standards, which are some of the most extensive standards I've ever seen on teaching Black history," Exodus Institute founder Kali Fontanilla, who is also a former California teacher, told Carley Shimkus Monday.
"I read them last night, and they're actually really beautiful standards," she continued. "She's taking this one line and misrepresenting it in order to gaslight her voters. It's very obvious to those that are actually taking the time to read it, but to those that aren't going to take the time to research, they're going to eat this up like candy because it's very hard to defend."
The new social studies curriculum states, "Instruction includes how slaves developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit."
"You hear that word benefit, and they're like, 'Oh, no... Florida standards are saying that slavery was a benefit,' and that is absolutely false," Fontanilla said. "That's not what the standards are implying. They're just simply saying historical facts, which is, again, what the left is trying to do. They're trying to do a revisionist history, not the right."
"What is amazing to me [is] that how little Kamala Harris apparently has to do that she can read something on Twitter one day and be on the airplane the next to make something literally out of nothing. This is a completely made-up deal. I looked at the standards, I even looked at an analysis of the standards, in every instance where the word slavery or slave was used, I even read the statement of the African-American scholars that wrote the standards – not [Florida Gov.] Ron DeSantis, but the scholars," he said.... (Read more)
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