Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has fired back at Karine Jean-Pierre after the White House press secretary made false claims about the state’s educational plans.
Jean-Pierre ripped him for rejecting an advanced placement course on black history.
She falsely claimed during a press conference that DeSantis “wants to block” the “study of black Americans.”
However, DeSantis wants to block radical ideology and indoctrination from being shoehorned into black history courses.
Teaching black history in Florida is still a requirement, as it is in other states.
“If you think about the study of black Americans, that is what he wants to block,” Jean-Pierre misleadingly told reporters.
“And again, these types of actions aren’t new, they are not new from what we’re seeing, especially from Florida, sadly.
“And let’s not forget, they didn’t block AP European history, they didn’t block music history or art history, but the state chooses to block a course that is meant for high-achieving high school students to learn about their history of arts and culture.”
Corporate media propaganda outlets, such as Newsweek, helped to promote Jean-Pierre’s false claims by repeating and spreading the allegations on social media.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre condemned Florida Gov. Ron Desantis' blockage of AP African American studies courses in the state's high schools. pic.twitter.com/O8tp4bvFy1
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) January 20, 2023
DeSantis set Jean-Pierre and her allies in the media straight about his plans.
“Our state education standards, not only don’t prevent, but they require the teaching of black history.
“All the important things,” the governor said,
“That’s part of our core curriculum.”
Education is about the pursuit of truth, not the imposition of ideology or the advancement of a political agenda. pic.twitter.com/Hete9aeHlF
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 23, 2023
DeSantis then detailed how the new AP course, which is not widely used in America, not just Florida, is pushing indoctrination and not education.
“It’s not fair that to say that somehow abolishing prisons is somehow linked to black experience, ‘that’s what black people want,'” DeSantis said.
“I don’t think that’s true at all.
“I think they want law and order, just like everyone else wants law and order.”
“When you try to use black history to shoehorn in queer theory, you are clearly trying to use that for political purposes.”
DeSantis’s press secretary Bryan Griffin said:
“@PressSec is demonstrably incorrect. Again.”
“The study of African American history is not only permitted in FL but required by law.
“In fact, the teaching of African American History has been expanded in Florida since @GovRonDeSantis took office.”
Manny Diaz Jr., Florida’s Commissioner of Education, said:
“Despite the lies from the Biden White House, Florida rejected an AP course filled with Critical Race Theory and other obvious violations of Florida law.
“We proudly require the teaching of African American history.
“We do not accept woke indoctrination masquerading as education.”
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“You should not have the school be a focus of school union politics, and politicking and handing out literature […] Not on the public’s time.” pic.twitter.com/covXx3lrGa
— Florida’s Voice (@FLVoiceNews) January 23, 2023