When the College Board yielded on its new AP curriculum for African American Studies, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis earned a historic victory over the Democrats.
The Board eliminated Black queer studies from the curriculum along with Black writers and academics linked with critical race theory after DeSantis pointed out some obvious issues with the course. Black conservatism has been included as a prospective research topic, and the subject of Black Lives Matter is now optional.
When he first expressed his displeasure with certain aspects of the course, DeSantis stated: “Our state education standards not only don’t prevent but they require the teaching of black history. All the important things. That’s part of our core curriculum.It’s not fair to say that somehow abolishing prisons is somehow linked to black experience, that’s what black people want. 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 added, “Anything less is bound to lead to a repeat of the mistakes of the past, furthering the Florida Governor’s racist and homophobic agenda.”
However, Ron is in agreement with a prominent Democratic African American politician who has harshly criticized DeSantis.
Bill Proctor, a commissioner for Leon County, said:
“There is grave concern about the tone and the tenor of leadership’s voice from the highest spaces in our state being hostile to teaching of African American history. Well frankly I’m against the College Board’s curriculum. I think it’s trash. It’s not African American history. It is an ideology. I’ve taught African American history, I’ve structured syllabuses for African American history. I am African American history.”
Bill Proctor continued, “And talking about ‘queer’ and ‘feminism’ and all of that for the struggle for freedom and equality and justice has not been no tension with queerness and feminist thought at all.”