The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is pushing the White House, Department of justice (DOJ), and the Department of Education (DOE) to adopt an “aggressive legal strategy” to scrutinize recent changes to Florida’s Black history curriculum.
Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Steven Horsford (NV-04) and members of the CBC issued the following statement regarding the Florida State Board of Education’s new standards for Black history curriculum.
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CBC Letter to the Florida State Board of Education
“The Congressional Black Caucus condemns in the strongest language any school curriculum that would suggest that enslaved Africans benefited in any way from slavery. This revisionist telling of American history approved by the Florida State Board of Education is a shameful disservice to Florida’s students and tantamount to gaslighting of the highest order.
“The Florida Board of Education’s attempt to minimize the darkest chapter in our nation’s history is an affront to the intelligence of the American people and an overt attempt to maintain white supremacy. The CBC is calling for the Florida State Board of Education to immediately reverse its decision and put an end to the attacks on Black history in the state.
“The CBC will continue to push for the passage of the Black History is American History Act reintroduced by Rep. Joyce Beatty to incentivize schools and educators to teach Black history in the classroom.”
Following changes to the curriculum in the state, the CBC wants federal agencies to examine whether Florida school districts are violating federal discrimination law — from banning books covering racial themes to a recent decision to add language about the positive impacts of slavery.