DeSantis instructed the Florida Department of Education to ban the African American Studies course on the basis that it “lacked educational value.”
Democrats slammed DeSantis as “racist” and a “bigot”. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who is openly lesbian, called DeSantis’ move “incomprehensible”.
In a press conference on Monday, DeSantis said Florida already requires teaching Black history, but the AP African American Studies adds layers of indoctrination such as Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Black Queer Studies.
“If you fall on the side of indoctrination, we’re gonna decline,” he said.
“That’s the wrong side of the line for Florida standards,” DeSantis added. “We believe in teaching kids facts and how to think, but we don’t believe they should have an agenda imposed on them. When you try to use black history to shoehorn in queer theory, you are clearly trying to use that for political purposes.”
According to MasterClass, the goal of “queer theory” is to “deconstruct what is acceptable or ‘normal.’”
“Queer Theory is a field of study that examines the nature of sexuality- and gender-based normativity and how society defines and polices the concepts of heterosexuality, homosexuality, and gender and sexual identities.”
Education is about the pursuit of truth, not the imposition of ideology or the advancement of a political agenda. pic.twitter.com/Hete9aeHlF
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 23, 2023