Rick Scott leads call to condemn critical race theory

Scott's comments jibe with Gov. Ron DeSantis, who wants to ban critical race theory in public classrooms.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott is leading a resolution condemning critical race theory, an approach to intersectional politics that has roiled conservatives in Florida and throughout the country.

The condemnation extends to K-12 and teacher training.

“Since America’s founding, our nation has strived to be a land of opportunity for all. While we cannot ignore the scars of our past, we also cannot tolerate the attempts of the woke left to weaponize our history in radical curriculums that teach our children to see America only for its worst days, and the American people only for their darkest hours,” Scott said Monday in a media release promoting the bill, filed May 27.

“The far-left wants Americans to believe that our nation is inherently racist and bad. They want to discredit the values America was founded on. They’re wrong. We can’t stand by and allow ’woke’ liberals to divide our nation. Students in Florida and every state across this nation deserve better and I’m proud to lead my colleagues today in a resolution to stand up against this dangerous policy.”

Scott was joined by Republican Sens. Mike Braun and Marsha Blackburn.

The bill and the media push comes as moves are being made to ensure critical race theory doesn’t get a foothold in Florida schools.

On June 10, the State Board of Education will convene in Jacksonville to vote on a proposal that attacks critical race theory and other deconstructions of traditional civics curricula.

The proposal will ban defining American history as “something other than the creation of a new nation based largely on universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence.” Teachers will also be forbidden to “share their personal views or attempt to indoctrinate or persuade students to a particular point of view.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis, meanwhile, has vowed to use critical race theory and “mandatory masking” as litmus tests in traditionally non-partisan School Board races.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • zhombre

    June 7, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Good idea.
    “Here is how critical theory defines itself in one of its central documents. It questions the very foundations of “Enlightenment rationality, legal equality and Constitutional neutrality.” It begins with the assertion that these are not ways to further knowledge and enlarge human freedom. They are rather manifestations of white power over non-white bodies. Formal legal equality, they argue, the promise of the American experiment, has never been actual equality, even as, over the centuries, it has been extended to everyone. It is, rather, a system to perpetuate inequality forever, which is the single and only reason racial inequality is still here. ” Andrew Sullivan on Substack. CRT is anti-American, anti-liberal, anti-Constitutional racialist Marxist indoctrination.

  • Rionach Elliot

    June 7, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    There is always another side. What are the motivations behind this? There is a lot of talk about how focusing on the TRUE events of our past is somehow harming our children and turning them into Marxists? So we are going to ban teaching the worst parts of our history? We are going to make educating our children anything but a rosy mythical interpretation of our roots illegal?

    This is just “parotic education” in a different suit and tie.

  • zhombre

    June 7, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    It is not about banning the teaching of the worst parts of our history; CRT is about makinbg the worst parts of our history the essence, the whole point, of U.S. history. This is corrosive. I urge you to do more research on what CRT is and what it means. Starting with Sullivan’s essay at Substack, which isn’t hard to find (Substack BTW is hardly a right wing site nor is Andrew Sullivan by any stretch of the imagination one of Trumpian boot lickers the trolls here trot out for scare tactics.)

  • B L Francis

    June 8, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    ‘Justice for all, all men are created equal, equal opportunity’ nothing more than flowery words of the founders of America are as far from the truth as light is from dark!!! Count the dead bodies of native Americans and chattel lives of the millions of slaves for hundreds of years losing their labor, culture legacy and lives for pleasure and profit of the supreme white culture. If the truth is too difficult to face now, imagine the difficulty on judgement day!!!

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