Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently blasted accusations that the United States is systemically racist as a “bunch of horse manure” and claimed that the radical left civics teachings, such as Critical Race theory, are just a race-based form of Marxism. His comments come after United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield claimed that America’s founding documents are “weaved” with White supremacy and that systemic racism is still a problem in the nation today.
Republicans argued that Thomas-Greenfield was sending the wrong message by forgetting to acknowledge the Americans who have died for our freedoms or publicly talking about the goodness in America. They argued that our founding fathers recognized that no human endeavor is perfect and that the country is always a work in progress. Radical-left politicians have been expounding on “white supremacy” and “systemic racism” to push a socialist agenda and replace economic inequality with cries of racism.
Gov. DeSantis shared with Fox News host Laura Ingraham that there is “no room in our classroom” for things like Critical Race Theory, which teaches people to view every social interaction and person in terms of race, and that it is only harmful left-wing ideology. He said Florida has banned its teachings and that they won’t put any taxpayer dollars into programs that treat people as members of groups, instead of individuals.
Gov. DeSantis talked about how America has had more opportunities for more people than any country in the history of the world and that it doesn’t matter where you trace your ancestry from. He also talked about the state’s current civic education and how they will focus on foundational principles rather than radical-left narratives.
“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. Let me be clear, there’s no room in our classrooms for things like critical race theory. Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money. So we will invest in actual, solid, true curriculum and we will be a leader in the development and implementation of a world-class civics education,” DeSantis said.
Other GOP lawmakers, such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, are also fighting against teachings such as Critical Race Theory and the New York Times 1619 Project from reaching classrooms. While President Biden’s Education Department has incentivized federal grants for schools looking to teach these race-centered civics teachings, McConnell has asked Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to drop their plans.
“Our nation’s youth do not need activist indoctrination that fixates solely on past flaws and splits our nation into divided camps. Taxpayer-supported programs should emphasize the shared civic virtues that bring us together, not push radical agendas that tear us apart,” McConnell wrote in a letter to Cardona.
Others argued that while racism is a part of American history, it has not been central to many societies and is not a permanent condition based on specific characteristics.
Missouri State Rep. Nick Schroer has also been fighting against ‘tainted liberal teachings’ from reaching classrooms, including an introduction to House Bill 1141, which would bar school districts from teaching critical race theory. The bill stops school teachings from identifying any people or institutions as racist, as well as teaching that a person’s identity is tied to race or that blame can be assigned to categories of people regardless of the actions.
Gov. DeSantis and Rep. Schroer are the first of many GOP lawmakers fighting against teachings that divide our country, rather than unite it. The bill would also prohibit public schools from promoting race essentialism, collective guilt, and neo-segregation. There will be no state-sanctioned racism in Florida or Missouri, where common sense still runs free and liberal-based agendas never reach the classrooms.