Open Thread | The Attack on Education in Florida….as They Try To Install Fascism

In case you didn’t know…

I don’t know if you know what’s been going on in Florida. Their Governor has chosen to go full-on fascist. There is the full-blown attack on education. The banning of books. The attack on the AP African-American History course.

The attack on that course, is an attack on Black people. It’s an attempt to whitewash and eliminate our history. Black History IS American History. We are the quintessential Americans.

The fragility of White folks to face what their ancestors did, and the legacy of those actions, is what’s at the bottom of all of this.

I have believed for years that the reason why Black people are so hated is because our very existence is what strips their fairy tale delusions about America.

WOKE is the latest Lee Atwater-ization for ‘ Nigger’.

Plain and simple.

Make no mistake – they whine about wanting Free Speech.

They have Free Speech.

They want freedom from the consequences of said speech. They want to party like it’s 1922.

They want to destroy the public school system in Florida by making it a FELONY for teachers to stand up against banning books. And, if a teacher is charged with a felony, they – 1. Can’t get a teaching job, and 2. Can’t vote in many states. It’s all connected.

And, as for these other states joining in, all part of the right- wing attempt to eliminate Black History from our public discourse. That North Dakota joined in , is complete bullshyt. They want to eliminate the history of Native People from the educational sphere.

It is up to us to point this out.

If non-White children have to experience racism in present time…

Then White children can actually LEARN about it….

Their children are not more precious than ours.

We WILL NOT have our children’s experience invalidated and gaslit and told that they are just ‘imagining’ their reality.

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12 Responses to Open Thread | The Attack on Education in Florida….as They Try To Install Fascism

  1. rikyrah says:

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    As it should be. They have paid their debt to society.

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  5. rikyrah says:

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  6. rikyrah says:

    Jeremy C. Young (@jeremycyoung) tweeted at 3:49 PM on Thu, Feb 23, 2023:
    FL HB 999 would end academic freedom, shared governance, and university independence in FL public higher education in favor of one man’s authoritarian control of public university decisions. It would be the end of FL higher ed as a space of open inquiry and free expression.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Jeremy C. Young (@jeremycyoung) tweeted at 3:43 PM on Thu, Feb 23, 2023:
    “Critical Race Theory rhetoric” also cannot be used in the hiring process — whatever that means. There’s a lot of “whatever that means” language in here, enforced by bureaucrats of DeSantis’ choosing.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Jeremy C. Young (@jeremycyoung) tweeted at 3:42 PM on Thu, Feb 23, 2023:
    All gen ed courses must promote “the values necessary to preserve the constitutional republic” through traditional, historically accurate” coursework. “Courses based on unproven, theoretical, or exploratory content” are banned from gen ed; the ban enforced by DeSantis appointees.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Jeremy C. Young (@jeremycyoung) tweeted at 3:36 PM on Thu, Feb 23, 2023:
    As outlined in the release, the bill would ban diversity statements, make tenure and faculty hiring committees meaningless, and centralize control of core curricula and mission statements in the hands of political appointees. Unexpectedly, it would also ban gender studies majors.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Jeremy C. Young (@jeremycyoung) tweeted at 3:31 PM on Thu, Feb 23, 2023:
    The text of DeSantis’ higher education bill has been released. It’s as terrifying as the press release suggested it would be. Florida HB 999 would enact the most draconian and censorious restrictions on higher education in the history of this country.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Truth. We have been here almost half a millennia. We literally built this country.

  12. rikyrah says:

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