Critical race theory — the controversial left-wing doctrine that teaches that America is racist to the core — is not welcome in the state of Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said on Wednesday.
DeSantis vowed that “not one red cent” of taxpayer money will go toward teaching “kids to hate their country and to hate each other,” the Washington Examiner reported.
“There’s no room in our classrooms for things like critical race theory,” the governor said Wednesday, according to the Examiner. “Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money.”
“No room” for hate
According to the New York Post, DeSantis said that Florida will invest in paying teachers $3,000 bonuses to teach traditional civics, instead.
“Florida civics curriculum will incorporate foundational concepts with the best materials, and it will expressly exclude unsanctioned narratives like critical race theory and other unsubstantiated theories,” he promised.
Critics of critical race theory say that it encourages division with an obsessive focus on racial groupings, while teaching a reductive and anti-American version of history that looks at all of American culture through the lenses of racial oppression.
DeSantis’ move mirrors one taken by former President Donald Trump, who sought to ban critical race theory in the federal government last year and counteract it with “patriotic education.” Joe Biden brought it back, however, deriding Trump’s move as “offensive,” as the Post reported.
Advocates of critical race theory often cast opposition to it as an attempt to ignore genuine discrimination. A well-known product of critical race theory is The New York Times‘ 1619 Project, which posits that the arrival of slaves is the genuine founding of America, not the year 1776.
Critics also say that critical race theory, which often speaks of the evils of “whiteness,” is itself a form of racist scapegoating.
Coca-Cola recently came under fire for a critical race theory training instructing its employees to be “less white,” the New York Post noted, and in San Diego, government workers have been taught that only white people can be racist, the Washington Examiner reports.
“Our schools are supposed to give people a foundation of knowledge, not supposed to be indoctrination centers, where you’re trying to push specific ideologies,” the governor said Wednesday, according to the New York Post.