Gov. Ron DeSantis says no to critical race theory in Florida schools

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.

Pushback grows

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.

However, the doctrine has begun to face pushback from lawmakers, political leaders, and concerned parents. This move from DeSantis may be one of the most prominent so far.

“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.

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    1. Trump and DeSantis are true American Patriots. Hopefully men like them will lead us out of the quagmire of the democrats/corporate swamp. A final “hoorah” for the Governor. Thanks for making our schools true educational institutions and not indoctrination camps for left wing radicals. Makes me proud to be a Floridian.

  1. History of America shows that the Democrats are the most racist group in America and still are!

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  3. Schools are supposed to teach the kids “how” to think, and reason things out for themselves, not “what” to think!

  4. Finally a governor, with some common sense, Thank you Sir….Todays children do not need their brains all crammed up with a bunch of nonsense about todays race issues that is NOW worse than what they were 65 years ago……

  5. Everyone should be pushing back on the indoctrination of our children! I taught public school for 37 years & never saw one incident of racism! Our country has been good for a lot years, until the Dems started pushing their offense racism on ALL of us! Look at how integrated sports are, mixed marriages are extremely prominent, which is wonderful! Obama started all the racism & politically corrrectness! What a crock all of it was!

  6. Good for you Governor., You are a sane voice among so many crazies. I hope other states follow your lead. If not, then I think half the US will be moving to Florida.

  7. How great that is to learn what Gov. DeSantis is doing for his state. He also needs to institute the pledge to our Flag daily in schools, and bring back respect for teachers and one another.

  8. Way to go, Governor DeSantis! Here’s hoping your common sense approach to education will become contagious, and other governors will follow your lead. We don’t need to pollute the minds of the next generation, and exacerbate the problem.

  9. Now that’s a true Governor who knows what he’s talking about hope to see him in the Oval Office soon.

  10. Well done Governor DeSantis!
    It’s very refreshing to see a governor with common sense and great patriotism.
    Oh how I wish you were here looking after the state of Virginia. His Lordship, King Ralph has gone off the deep end with his “progressive” nonsense. He has racist roots going back decades and he has openly supported murdering newborns. How about running for President in 2024?!!

  11. So glad to hear Common Sense from a Governor. Please stand strong against this kind of foolishness, We are still the greatest country because of God’s blessing and common sense!

  12. I grew up in the ’50s ’60s and taught civics, American History, and all about slavery prior to Civil War. It didn’t make me racist, in fact, it made me aware of how our past can be used to prevent racist thinking in the future. I moved to FL in 1966, I lived in an environment that didn’t condone racism, I never have had a problem. Civics is being educated, not dictated or indoctrinated. I’m grateful for my school years American History/Civics education.


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