US VP Kamala Harris Clashes With Florida “Extremists”, Calls It An Attack on American History
US Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday blasted Florida “extremists” for backing educational guidelines that taught “revisionist history” about slavery.
An Attack on American History
The guidelines, which were approved by the Florida Board of Education in June, remove references to critical race theory and other concepts from the state’s social studies curriculum. They also require teachers to present “multiple perspectives” on slavery, including the views of those who supported it. Harris, who is the first Black woman to serve as vice president, said the guidelines were “an attack on our democracy” and “an attack on our history.”
“These extremists are trying to rewrite history,” she said in a speech at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) national convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. “They’re trying to erase the truth about slavery and its impact on our country.”
Students Might Misinterpret History
The guidelines have been met with widespread criticism from historians, educators, and civil rights groups. They argue that the guidelines will whitewash history and make it more difficult for students to learn about the true horrors of slavery. “These guidelines are a slap in the face to the millions of people who were enslaved in this country,” said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP. “They are an attempt to erase the truth about slavery and its legacy.”
Will the Board Make Any Changes?
The Florida Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the guidelines again in August. It is unclear whether the board will make any changes to the guidelines before then. Harris’s comments come as the debate over critical race theory has intensified in recent months. Critical race theory is an academic framework that examines the ways in which race and racism have shaped American society. It has been the subject of much controversy, with some critics arguing that it is divisive and teaches students to hate America.
Harris said that critical race theory is “not about making anyone feel guilty.” She said it is about “teaching the truth about our history so that we can build a better future.”We cannot move forward as a nation if we are afraid to learn from our past,” she said. “We must teach the truth about slavery and its impact on our country so that we can build a more just and equitable society for all.” The debate over critical race theory is likely to continue for some time. However, Harris’s comments are a strong reminder that the fight for racial justice is not over.