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Critical thinking skills in a society are anathema to those in power who wish to stay in power, and do so by preying on the fears of others and exploiting the racist/sexist/homophobic systems in place which they continue to uphold.

I was taught about the facts of slavery when I was young. I don't recall feeling guilty or made to feel guilty about it. What I did feel was empathy - it's wrong to enslave people, and the treatment of slaves, was by far, was cruel and inhumane, and should never happen again.

It's much easier to stay in power and keep current systems in place, systems which benefit (the general) you, if you can remove empathy from the equation. Erasing the facts of slavery and its history in this country helps to do just that.

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These people are flat out racists but sound an awful lot like right-wing legislators walking the halls of Congress today.

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One thing is for sure. DeStupid has surrounded himself with like people. It’s no wonder Florida has gone to hell in a hand-basket! DeStupid has managed to put people in spots that do as he tells them to do, and they also think like he does.

The people that are getting hurt the most in this entire situation is the children, the college students, the youngsters just starting in school. These young minds are being molded into the likeness of DeStupid and these two idiots that out this ridiculous nonsense together the children are being taught. These are our future leaders. These are the ones that will be upcoming leaders of our nation.

I can’t for the life of me understand what has happened to the people in Florida. How can they sit back and allow this man, these people, to do this mind warping to their children.

Makes no sense to me at all! Disgraceful, pathetic, and disgusting!!!

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And the sky is green. We’re heading into a whole new level of gaslighting. Somehow slave owners are emancipators (Geo Washington)?

I’m REALLY tired of Republicans being described as “conservatives.” These are EXTREMISTS. It was a favorite Stalinist pastime to rewrite history. MAGA architect Steve Bannon is a fan--presumably DeSantis, too. Or maybe that should be MOGA--Make Owning-slaves Great Again. Is it any wonder that where Rs are actually doing something isn’t about inflation, it’s loosening child labor laws. Enslave them while they’re young!

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William Barclay Allen (born 1944) is an author, professor, and political scientist from Fernandina Beach, Florida, United States.[1] Allen has been described as a "conservative black leader and coon in education."

Frances Presley Rice is a Screenwriter, Director and Executive Producer with Block Starz Music Television LLC

These are the incompetents that pushed for the "new Black History standards." Apparently, none of the others in the working group agreed, but these two miscreants were singing the DeSantis themesong and gained his ear, I suppose.

Yes, they are supposedly Black, but skinfolk ain't necessarily kinfolk and I reject them and their revisionist history thoroughly, completely and absolutely.

Welcome back Judd and crew. We missed you.

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I'm in a huge Facebook parenting group for high school and college aged kids. Recently, a parent wrote in to say that her husband's company was offering incentives to move to a few states, FL and TX among them. She was asking for advice on moving her middle school aged kids, good school districts, etc. Overwhelmingly, the comments were "don't move to FL or TX with school aged kids, especially daughters". A number of people who live there commented that they were looking to get out. A few were happy there and recommended their area. And multiple people pointed out that there was a reason an incentive was in play for those states.

I have relatives in FL who have been there for decades and they (and their grandchildren) aren't moving. But new people are thinking twice, which will affect FL and TX's business future.

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We must always continue to point out that southern democrats were CONSERVATIVES.

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Thank you Judd. Clear, concise reporting. Hopefully, the more people become aware of the fascist techniques DeSantis is using, the more his numbers will drop!

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Consise and to the point reporting. The trade skills thing, tho. It would only apply to the emmancified slaves after the Civil War and those who escaped north to Freedom. How many were set free by their owners prior to that? Likely not many. They completely ignore from 1619-1865, the propensity of African American slaves in almost 240 years, were held as property with no control over their lives or any voice in what happened to them or their children. We still have slave cabins here. Bare bones existence thru 4 seasons per year.

No excuse for slavery. No human should ever own another.

No excuse for DeSantis and this group rewriting a black history narrative of what a "free" country did then and is still doing to the institution of slavery.

It makes me angry and sick that the state of Florida has become such a cesspool of hate, racism, persecution of groups like LGBQT, immigrants and misinformation.

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Personally, besides background, I would find it relevant to know how many of these decision makers have or had kids in the public school system. Those that didn't/don't have no business serving on school boards or any board making policy decisions about public schools, especially if they use vouchers to send theirs outside of this system. Yes, I know as tax payers, blah blah blah.

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Great reporting. Thank you for another in-depth look at the decision-makers in Florida.

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Adjectives to describe this lunacy escape me

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Disgusting

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While I have read about this, once again you lay out the facts and offer broader context. The literal rewriting of history, from history text that already whitewashed a great deal, is another step toward facism. DeSantis has gone off the rails trying to out Trump, Trump.

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We often focus on Desantis and his disgusting antics in Florida. He's only able to distract and disgust us because he got elected. Desantis is merely the bloom on top of the thistle. We don't understand why anyone would vote for this man and his policies! Yet, Desantis won a landslide victory in his re-election campaign against a well-funded Charlie Crist. According to exit polls, DeSantis won 65% of White voters, 13% of Black voters, and 58% of Latinos; of the latter group, DeSantis won 69% of Cubans and 56% of Puerto Ricans. We need to ask ourselves why black and brown people are rejecting Democratic candidates. Future voter outreach programs need to focus on Latino, Cuban, and Puerto Rican communities. These groups want and need to be understood and not taken for granted. We can grumble all we want about racists and homophobes. While these monsters rewrite history, limited personal freedoms and make voting more difficult, there's work to be done, on the ground, and in the trenches if we want to be victorious.

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Like Trump, DeSantis has the ability to find people who support his agenda despite the underlying truth that what they espouse ultimately harms them. These "puppets" are simply being used for the benefit of the autocrats who put them in temporary positions of power.

Do you remember?:

"Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis introduced his new appointee to surgeon general of his state Tuesday, Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a Harvard Medical School-trained professional who has said he opposes COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates."

Thank you for filling in more about Willliam Allen and Frances Rice...(had to go and look up more data on these two "experts" on distortion and fabrication--found that there's even more to feel distressed about). Found out that that Allen recceived his PhD from Claremont College--when back then I was shocked to discover that they had an extremely conservative organization infiltrate their educational programs. I remember because I warned a dear friend about this when his daughter was deciding whether to go there.

Thank you, Judd, Tesnim, and Rebecca--these shenanigans [I have an Irish background] must be exposed and publicized.

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