BY Michael Austin, The Western JournalFebruary 7, 2023
1 year ago
 | February 7, 2023
1 year ago

Black Leaders in Miami Make a Big Announcement After DeSantis Is Called Racist

The leaders of a racial advocacy group in Florida, the Miami-Dade Black Affairs Advisory Board, came together to send a message to the state's governor, Ron DeSantis, on Friday.

Pierre Rutledge, the group's chair, apologized to DeSantis on behalf of the organization.

During the group's meeting on Wednesday, one of its members said, "Our governor is racist," according to Fox News.

The accusation arose as the Miami advisory board was criticizing DeSantis' rejection of the College Board's proposed Advanced Placement African-American Studies, according to Fox.

"We take it to heart when someone uses the term racist," Rutledge said in a statement on Friday, according to Fox News.

"Words matter. And so as chair, I must start by saying we want to pull that back. There’s nothing wrong with saying ‘we’re sorry.’ That’s not what we intended to say or be depicted by anyone. And that’s not the feeling of this board."

DeSantis' rejection of the curriculum garnered media scrutiny and harsh backlash from left-wing groups, who labeled the move "racist."

Despite accusations to the contrary, DeSantis did not reject the course because it covered African-American history.

Rather, the course was rejected for its promotion of extremely partisan, left-wing viewpoints and subjects.

These included intersectionality (a neo-Marxist philosophy), "black queer studies," the far-left Black Lives Matter movement and reparations policy -- all of which were covered in the course's suggested "project topics," albeit not in the required material, according to WFOR-TV in Miami.

The College Board has removed the portion's Florida's Department of Education found objectionable, according to Fox. The proposal will be reevaluated by the Florida DOE, Fox reported.

DeSantis, who has campaign against progressive education agendas  was openly critical of the original version.

"This course on black history, what’s one of the lessons about? Queer theory," DeSantis said, according to Fox.

"Now, who would say that an important part of black history is queer theory? That is somebody pushing an agenda."

Not all Democrats disagree with the governor's judgment.

Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor, a Florida Democrat, local pastor and political science professor at Florida A&M University, called the curriculum "trash," according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

Proctor also said the curriculum was at odds with Florida law.

“The pillars of African-American history are not what the College Board has come up with,” Proctor said in an interview, the newspaper reported.

“They clearly lack academic rigor. It lacks any substantive review. No scholars with proficiency in African American history have even weighed in.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Written by: Michael Austin, The Western Journal



Third Senate Democrat Urges Biden to end 2024 Campaign

In a surprising twist in the political landscape, Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico has publicly requested President Joe Biden to withdraw his candidacy in…
8 hours ago
 • By Benjamin Clark

New York AG Announces Indictment in Major Ghost Gun Case

In a sweeping action against illegal firearms, New York's attorney general has unveiled a major indictment involving ghost guns. New York authorities under the auspices…
8 hours ago
 • By Benjamin Clark

Former Trump Adviser Peter Navarro Receives Warm Welcome at RNC After Prison Release

Just hours after his release from a federal prison, former Trump adviser Peter Navarro received a hero's welcome at the Republican National Convention held in…
9 hours ago
 • By Benjamin Clark

Thomas Matthew Crooks Concealed Rifle for Attack at Trump's Rally, Killed by Sharpshooter

Fox News reported that the gunman at a Trump rally hid an AR-15 rifle at the venue ahead of an assassination attempt on July 13,…
1 day ago
 • By Benjamin Clark

J.D. Vance Emotionally Overwhelmed by Wife's Speech at GOP Convention

Ohio Senator J.D. Vance was brought to tears backstage as his wife, Usha Vance, introduced him following her debut speech. According to Daily Mail, Usha…
1 day ago
 • By Benjamin Clark


We publish the objective news, period. If you want the facts, then sign up below and join our movement for objective news:



    Get news from American Digest in your inbox.

      By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: American Digest, 3000 S. Hulen Street, Ste 124 #1064, Fort Worth, TX, 76109, US, You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact.
      Christian News Alerts is a conservative Christian publication. Share our articles to help spread the word.