Late last week, the Biden administration labeled the move from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as entirely “incomprehensible” as he elected to issue a block against a highly controversial African American studies course that was attempting to be taught throughout the public high schools of the state, even as a number of leaks have unveiled that the syllabus from the course is rife with controversial wokeism.
As the developer of this new curriculum, the College Board was told late last week by the Florida Department of Education that it would not sign off on the new course for any of its public schools. The decision did end up sparking a bit of criticism, however, with quite a few, including officials for the white house, trying to misinform that Florida was just attempting to block the teaching of black history.
“If you think about the study of black Americans, that is what he wants to block,” exclaimed White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre before going off on a tirade to add that Florida did not issue any blocks against the commonly accepted AP European 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. It is incomprehensible.”
The AP African American Studies course from the College Board is currently still in what they call the pilot phase, and the company has not officially released a public curriculum. Despite this, a copy of the curriculum in its current form was leaked out to one outlet, The Florida Standard, which has highlighted its bright woke streak.
One of the sources in the African American studies that will “likely be examined,” as expressed by the discovered curriculum, is “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color” from Kimberle Crenshaw. The reading is a cornerstone text for “intersectionality,” which is a term from woke academics who use it to put focus on the various ways that minorities could end up being oppressed. The curriculum also calls for using a source by Ta-Nehisi Coats called “The Case for Reparations” and also seems to include a section covering “Black Queer Studies.”
“This topic explores the concept of the queer of color critique, grounded in Black feminism and intersectionality, as a Black studies lens that shifts sexuality studies toward racial analysis,” states the section concerning black queer studies.
Officials with the DeSantis administration explained via a release that the White House press secretary was “demonstrably incorrect” to try and label the choice from the state as “incomprehensible.”
“The study of African American history is not only permitted under Governor Ron DeSantis but required by law,” highlighted Press Secretary Bryan Griffin. “In fact, the teaching of African American history has been expanded in Florida since Governor Ron DeSantis took office.”