“Incomprehensible”: White House Targets Block DeSantis AP African American Studies Course
Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis’ A controversial move to ban a college-level African American Studies course for high school students — a so-called advanced placement — was struck down Friday by the White House, calling it “incomprehensible.”
“It’s unbelievable to see … this ban or this block, to be more precise, that DeSantis has put forward,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. “If you think about the investigation of Black Americans, that’s what he wants to prevent. And – and, again, these actions are not new. They are not new from what we see, especially from Florida, unfortunately. “
“They have banned more books from schools and libraries than almost every other state in the country. And let’s not forget, they didn’t ban AP European history, they didn’t ban music history or art history, but the state chooses to ban a course meant for high school students who ‘ achievement of learning about the history of their arts. and culture,” she continued.
Earlier this week, DeSantis wrote a letter to the College Board rejecting the course, explaining, “the content of this course is in clear violation of Florida law and seriously lacks educational value.” ” The governor, however, did not pass the law that the course would go against.
The letter was written on January 12, just days before Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Banning the African American Studies course follows a pattern by the Florida Governor of limiting discussions about race in the classroom. He banned Critical Race Theory from being taught in Florida schools – explaining that “teaching children to hate our country and to hate each other” – as well as passing the “Stop WOKE Act,” which restricts discussions about race in schools.
DeSantis’ denial has been met with massive backlash from activists and politicians.
Director of the NAACP Ivory Toldson He criticized the rejection of the course in a statement Friday: “The elimination of the AP course in African American Studies is not only an abdication of its responsibility to ensure an equitable education for all Floridians, but it shows a clear disregard for the lives and experiences that exist. part of our national history. Dismissing this important subject as lacking ‘educational value’ goes against hundreds of pieces of evidence. African American history is African American history, and it is inherently un-American if we do not understand this simple fact.
He accompanied his statement with a tweet: “‘White students are 2.2 times more likely to be enrolled in at least one AP class compared to Black students.’ Maybe you have an AP class that features Black history and would culture help?”