Progressive pundits and politicians have thoroughly embraced the ideas contained in so-called critical race theory as a way to integrate identity politics and social justice into various segments of American society.
In Florida, however, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is calling for the state legislature to expressly prohibit lesson plans based on the controversial theory to be taught in the state’s schools, as Breitbart reports.
On Wednesday, DeSantis discussed Florida’s handling of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and spent some time discussing his proposal regarding how federal funds could be put to the best use.
The governor said that he wants $106 million to be allocated toward civic education in the school systems, though he included a caveat regarding what those funds can and cannot be used to support.
“Florida civics curriculum will incorporate foundational concepts with the best materials, and it will expressly exclude unsanctioned narratives like critical race theory and other unsubstantiated theories,” DeSantis said, according to Breitbart.
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) says initiative to expand civics education in schools will “expressly exclude unsanctioned narratives like critical race theory.”
He says: “Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money.” pic.twitter.com/gU2d33MHLN
— The Recount (@therecount) March 17, 2021
The governor’s remarks attracted a standing ovation, after which he continued by reiterating that “there is no room in our classrooms for things like critical race theory — teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayers’ money.”
“A world-class civics education”
Instead, the governor vowed to “invest in actual, solid, true curriculum” and let his state serve as “a leader in development and implementation of a world-class civics education.”
The Heritage Foundation is among the outspoken conservative critics of critical race theory, which teaches that virtually every facet of American life and society should be viewed through a racial lens.
As a result, opponents argue that each individual is reduced to his or her racial or ethnic group, assigning each a position in a hierarchy of victimhood that further reduces everyone on the scale to the status of the oppressor or the oppressed.
Critical race theory is already well-established in the realms of higher education, entertainment, and workplace settings, with Democratic Party proponents pushing efforts to implement related lessons in the nation’s school systems.
Fortunately for those who do not want to see that happen, DeSantis is among a crop of politicians unafraid to push back against the left’s obsession with racial identity.