Florida doubles down on anti-critical race theory legislation

Critical race theory has been a point of fierce debate in Florida among educators and legislators.

1/20/2022 2:58:00 PM

A new bill in Florida would ban public schools and private businesses from making people feel “discomfort” when being taught about racial discrimination in U.S. history.

Critical race theory has been a point of fierce debate in Florida among educators and legislators.

Chris O'Meara/AP, FILEAccording toThe language mirrors many of the bills that have been introduced in roughly 32 states across the country that attempt to limit or restrict the teaching and discussion of racial history in the U.S.Steve Cannon/AP, FILE

"It would bring politics into the classroom, chill speech and leave our teachers afraid to teach basic concepts, like the idea that slavery is bad," Florida Education Association (FEA) President Andrew Spar said in a statement to ABC News.Critical race theory is

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WTH? Can't deal with the truth so you need to make a law so your feelings aren't hurt? So everybody has their own agenda. To hell with the people. This is critically sad. Why not teach what really happened in history. Why does it have to be called something new or separate. We have all of these brilliant professors and colleges but idiots are running this 🇺🇸

Simple! Just pour vax into your ears and you cannot hear the truth! If you don't feel discomfort learning about the holocaust and slavery, there is something wrong with you. I can’t even Shades of hitler and guess who Castro…. Lol Florida’s political leaders make me not want to visit Disney World some day :/

Not “people”, just white people Florida 🤦 Maybe this wouldn't be a bad thing. If we removed all the history that made us feel uncomfortable then any mention of Trump and DeSantis would be erased from our history.👍 asinine

Ron DeSantis pushes Florida bill to protect white people from 'guilt' about racist pastThe state's Republican-controlled Senate Education Committee has approved legislation that takes aim at critical race theory. Shocker! Republicans don't want to learn real history. They have preferred making it up for so many years. Democrats! clearly & loudly shout it from the rooftops & let it be known that everyone including Independents & disheartened Republicans must come together this 2022 midterm & VOTE BLUE (as if your life depended on it) & 'defeat those damn lying Trumplicans' & SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY! Or it just protect society from radical polarization and playing race card over and over! Dividing people white and black on media headlines not a good sign!

Continued GOP 'Who Me?' stance: From investigate the investigators to empathize with the slave owners, not the slaves. Florida, don't buy this crap. The media caused this insanity by never being honest about the fact CRT isn’t being taught in schools, it might have exposed the racists in office abusing their power but the media would rather help create a fear and legitimize republicans spreading that fear

So all history should be banned because it makes someone uncomfortable? He and the republican party are becoming more nazi-like every day. Floridians do not want CRT. Ugh. So we are to have a Nazi state? THIS CRAP HAS GOT TO BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL. ALSO... THEY DON'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THE OTHER RACE'S FEELINGS. 😒😒😒😒

The liberal stance is to argue that CRT isn't taught K-12 and therefore doesn't require being banned, and to subsequently complain about it being banned while arguing it should be taught. 'Discomfort' is blatantly and subtly through unjustice legal and illegal ways every frickin day in this Fiefdom of Florida. From Covid Dick aka Rondesanitizer Goobenor to the lowliest barney fife cop. And all of the deniers/refusers/mitigators of equality and equity.

I'd sue because math makes MY kid feel 'uncomfortable '

Florida GOP Pushes Bill To Shield White People From 'Discomfort' Of Racist PastThe bill pushed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis takes aim at critical race theory — though it doesn’t mention it explicitly. Sad: Slave owners made babies with slave women and then condemned their own children to a life of slavery. This is the root source of racism - an attempt to cover the guilt with racism. White slave owners are guilty of the most outrageous sin possible. When will the millions of our family,friends, and fellow American Republicans support the alternative future political leaders. Why are the Trump and so many like him Republicans repudiated by grassroots great new choices.? Same with current horrendous Democrats. Doesn't need to be taught...Just make 'These Truths' by Jill LePore assigned reading.

Sore subjects create harsh environment. Students should be able to share views without retaliation. They want White Kids to feel comfortable being racist. The Republican Party wants white supremacy taught in schools. Here’s a breakdown: We would not want bloated Ron to feel sad. Certain truths should make us feel discomfort. Toughen up buttercups! Nothing but hypocrisy.

Dictators do things like that This must apply to majority, all of the white supremacists So let’s erase history cause it makes people uncomfortable. I get it 🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️ Change the history douche. 'Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.' -George Santayana Exactly what DeSantis is trying to achieve with this bill.

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6:50 History curricula at center of critical race theory battle ABC News’ Janai Norman reports on the ongoing debate about critical race theory and how teachers are grappling with how to teach American history. Chris O'Meara/AP, FILE A new bill in Florida would ban public schools and private businesses from making people feel “discomfort” when being taught It passed the state Senate Committee on Education on Jan. 18 with six yeas and three nays and will move on to debate among state senators. According to the bill , an individual shouldn't be made to"feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race, color, sex, or national origin." The language mirrors many of the bills that have been introduced in roughly 32 states across the country that attempt to limit or restrict the teaching and discussion of racial history in the U.S. MORE: Teachers protest bills targeting critical race theory, race education The Florida bill also states that educators or businesses cannot teach that"one race, religion, ethnicity, or sex is inherently superior to another race, religion, ethnicity, or sex; an individual, by virtue, the individual's race, religion, ethnicity, or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously." Steve Cannon/AP, FILE State Rep. Shevrin Jones asks a question during a session on March 13, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. A bill pushed by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that would prohibit public schools and private businesses from making white people feel 'discomfort' when they teach students or train employees about discrimination in the nation's past received its first approval on Dec. 18, 2022."This bill's not for Blacks, this bill was not for any other race. This was directed to make whites not feel bad about what happened years ago," said Jones. Some educators have protested and argued against what they say are vague attacks on education and curriculum on racial oppression in the U.S. "It would bring politics into the classroom, chill speech and leave our teachers afraid to teach basic concepts, like the idea that slavery is bad," Florida Education Association (FEA) President Andrew Spar said in a statement to ABC News. He added,"The legislation’s sponsor appeared to indicate Tuesday that, under his bill, a teacher can cover the three-fifths compromise, which in the 1800s said that a Black person would count as three-fifths of a White person, but cannot express the idea that it is morally wrong to classify people of a certain color as being less than others." Some legislators in support of these bills, including Florida Gov. Rob DeSantis, have invoked critical race theory in their arguments, saying that lessons on the racial history of the United States can be"divisive." Critical race theory is an academic concept about systemic racism . According to educators and theorists, the concept seeks to understand how racism has shaped U.S. laws and how those laws have continued to impact the lives of non-white people. They say these lessons are often taught in higher academia and not in K-12 classrooms. Still, critical race theory in schools has become a target of Republican legislators in states across the country despite criticism from educational advocacy organizations like the FEA and the National Education Association (NEA). "A great public school education also helps students prepare for their future by encouraging curiosity and critical thinking through art and music, math and science, and history and literature," NEA president Becky Pringle said in a statement."But now some politicians not only in Florida but elsewhere around the country want to limit what history our kids can learn about and what books they can read. This isn't the first time that Florida has targeted critical race theory or race education in schools. In June 2021, Florida's state Board of Education in a move it says will guard children against lessons that could “distort historical events," citing critical race theory as an example. Chris O'Meara/AP, FILE Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at an event on Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon, Fla. DeSantis has urged board members to adopt the regulation in front of state senators. "Nobody wants this crap, OK? This is an elite-driven phenomenon being driven by bureaucratic elites, elites in universities and elites in corporate America and they’re trying to shove it down the throats of the American people. You’re not doing that in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said