Ron DeSantis charges Kamala Harris with trying to ‘chirp and demagogue’ Florida Black History guidelines

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The Governor responded to the VP's excoriation of new Florida education standards from Utah.

During a press conference in Utah, Gov. Ron DeSantis derided Vice President Kamala Harris for trying to “chirp” and “demagogue” about Florida’s revised Black History standards.

DeSantis defended the “robust” guidelines, which include teaching middle school students “how slaves developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit,” and teaching high school students about “acts of violence perpetrated against and by African Americans” in the context of events like the Ocoee Massacre.

“I thought it was absolutely ridiculous. It’s totally outrageous,” DeSantis said of Harris’ visit to Jacksonville.

DeSantis contended that the Florida Department of Education “got a lot of scholars together to do a lot of standards and a lot of different things,” creating what he called “the most robust standards in African American history probably anywhere in the country.”

Describing the standards as “very thorough, very factual,” DeSantis said that “for them to try to demagogue it; look that may have worked in the past, nobody is buying their nonsense anymore.”

The Governor then pivoted to criticisms of the Biden administration.

“And so, you know, she’s going to come down to the state of Florida and try to chirp and try, try to demagogue. All she’s doing is ignoring the responsibilities that the administration has to secure our border,” DeSantis said. “They’re failing at that. They’re not developing enough domestic energy they need to, they’re not doing what we need to do to counteract China in the Pacific and so on and on.”

While Harris has yet to respond to DeSantis’ Utah oration, it’s likely nothing here changes the contention she made in Jacksonville.

“They insult us in an attempt to gaslight us and we will not have it,” Harris said.

The Vice President critiqued teaching middle school students that “enslaved people benefited from slavery,” but DeSantis attempted to put that in context.

“I think what they’re doing is I think that they’re probably going to show some of the folks that eventually parlayed, you know, being a blacksmith into doing things later in life.”

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • tom palmer

    July 21, 2023 at 7:04 pm

    DeSantis cherry-picked a couple of topics out of a long list of academically interesting topics relating to history, culture, politics and law to attack the curriculum. That defines demagoguery.

  • PeterH

    July 21, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    DeSantis and his personal Attorney General apologist will be schooled by the courts that the First Amendment is more important and relevant than their fake FREEDUMB dogma.

    • Julia

      July 24, 2023 at 10:32 am

      Judge Walker has already refused to enjoin the K-12 “Woke” bill. There is no way he will touch this. States have a right to set their own K-12 curriculum.

  • PeterH

    July 21, 2023 at 7:14 pm

    Quote from this article;

    “got a lot of scholars together to do a lot of standards and a lot of different things,”

    Isn’t it fun quoting our governor who sounds like a third grade whiner?

    • Tom

      July 22, 2023 at 7:55 am

      To be honest, he knows his audience. His public speeches would rate a 4 or 5 on the readability index. The dumbing down of the country is well underway.

      • Veteran nGrammy

        August 4, 2023 at 10:38 am

        That is what we are told to believe, believe me; so many truly no longer believe their own eyes or ears – just look for some ~stong man~ to take care of us.

        And use a Chinese Conspiracy News site as their real … magaTry is a very strange thing.

  • My Take

    July 21, 2023 at 8:06 pm

    The racist, slavery-excusing dishonest conservatives have occasionally more explicitly tried to misequate generational chattel slavery with indentured servitude.

  • Veteran nGrammy

    July 21, 2023 at 8:22 pm

    As an elderly white woman, I am disgusted by DeSantis’ actions.

  • Amber

    July 21, 2023 at 8:38 pm

    Desantis is restating slavery in this dump of a state! He is nothing but a Neo-Nazi scum bag! I hope this year’s hurricane wipes out all the southern states once and for all for forcing people to live in the 1860’s or 1060’s. The hillbillies deserves to be drowned like fifthy rats!

    • JDW

      July 22, 2023 at 8:40 am

      Amber , you are an asswipe. 50 %of voters here are decent liberal voters, who believe in equality, education and personal freedom. Your lack of empathy and knowledge makes me think you are a12 year old.

      • Amber

        July 22, 2023 at 11:03 am

        Bite me you flithy Wingy Looney! I’m a ticked off Moderate who hates both Conservatives and Liberals like you! If this stupid state has a smart and caring moderate, American History should be treated like a sacred artifact, even it means learning about the good and the bad. The states that are run by the far rights should be run by Amish people like your state while the states that run by the far lefts should be turned into a gigantic prison island! Your governor is nothing but a domestic version of Fidel Castro or worse Emperor Nero!

        • Lavern

          July 22, 2023 at 11:22 pm

          You mean a pre K?Agree,!

        • Veteran nGrammy

          August 4, 2023 at 10:42 am

          As a Floridian surviving the horror show of Rhonda Santis – we seriously don’t need those in “Safe States” wishing us more harm.

          May Florida be an example of the evils of gerrymandering.

          GERRYMANDERING will bring back whatever the evils of the maga into everyone’s reality as ~it is what it is~

          So – back off the hate, it will eat your Soul leaving you nothing more than another self-sheering-sheep in the Q.

          • Veteran nGrammy

            August 4, 2023 at 10:43 am

            ~and then~ Rhonda Santis will “start slitting throats on day one” ~his quote~

  • stepinfetchit

    July 21, 2023 at 10:23 pm

    Can I be a slave and learn new skills? What fun! Always wanted to learn how to pick cotton in the warm sun for 16 hours a day with all my friends. And maybe I can move from the field to house and learn how to cook and clean!

    • Amber

      July 22, 2023 at 11:05 am

      You dumb as dirt! Slaves don’t make much because they’re nothing but free labor loser!

    • Bootsy McPuddingfingers MUST GO

      July 22, 2023 at 2:46 pm

      And if you’re a house niCLANG maybe you can even get raped by Mister Charlie!!

    • Kimberly Malajati

      July 23, 2023 at 4:31 pm

      What would you learn as a slave on the BREEDING PLANTATIONS that did not have agricultural crops but has as its stock on the exchange, BLACK Babies??

  • Ron DeSantis is Filth

    July 21, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    Ron DeSantis is an actual piece of sh*t.
    I wouldn’t pi$$ on him if he was on fire.

    • My Take

      July 21, 2023 at 11:13 pm

      As a feisty lady I know says, “A stool specimen that somehow sprouted arms and legs.”

      • Bootsy McPuddingfingers MUST GO

        July 22, 2023 at 2:46 pm

        Absolutely. Mine is flaming hemorrhoidal pustule…
        well, one of….grin

  • Ron DeSantis is Filth

    July 21, 2023 at 10:59 pm

    If you’re on the side that is actually finding reasons to dig up anything positive in slavery, you are on the wrong side. Full stop.

    Maybe some of you Republicans will finally see this for what it is and pull your heads out of your a$$ for once and see the light.

  • Meredith Lee Ayling Shaw

    July 21, 2023 at 11:09 pm

    DeSantis can try to turn everything around. What is outrageous is the totalitarian turn the Republican Party in Florida has taken. Election police, legally running over protesters, failing insurance industry, inflation 2 x the national high, banning books. The man is awful and its great the rest of the country is getting an opportunity to see that.

  • Concerned about our Nation

    July 22, 2023 at 3:49 am

    I am glad the world can see who Ron Degusting is. He has a plan for the rest of US. To make it like Florida. He has divided , and hurt the people here. He is against everything and everyone. Who ‘s next? and what else will he be against? A small insecure bigoted poor excuse of a person. Please, help us get rid of Ron Disgusting!

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 22, 2023 at 12:49 pm

    Let’s hear Rhonda use the word “chirp” to describe Trump talking. Then I might believe Rhonda is serious about anything beyond trying to be Trump’s VP.

    Rhonda won’t even use the word “chirp” to describe any man talking. Rhonda is a misogynist POS, and yes, he’s stupid, but he did eventually get tired of punching himself in the face and getting swirlies and he learned to hide from males.

  • Bootsy McPuddingfingers MUST GO

    July 22, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    ‘Doing things later in life?’ You must be talking about the few slaves lucky enough to survive to Emancipation (which wasn’t a five minute process, by the way LOL). Somehow, I think it’s possible to learn any trade without being a beaten, raped, abused slave. What a flaming hemorrhoidal pustule DeathSatan truly is.

  • Sonja Fitch

    July 23, 2023 at 6:22 am


    • Dont Say FLA

      July 23, 2023 at 2:58 pm

      Misogynists have a thesaurus of denigrating words to choose for talking about women. Rather than being banned, the Misogyny Thesaurus is required reading in Florida public schools.

  • My Take

    July 24, 2023 at 2:05 am

    “Robust” — popular management buzzword for almost a decade now. Usually used meaninglessly, except for ornamentation.

  • MH/Duuuval

    July 24, 2023 at 8:37 am

    Enslavement, by definition, begins with kidnapping.

  • Julia

    July 24, 2023 at 10:37 am

    I think it is interesting, that while politicians and the press have gone bat-shit crazy over these very reasonable standards, the only “historian” who has is an emeritus black psychology prof from FIU who has self-published a number of books of dubious intellectual value. If you want to hear an intelligent take on these standards, listen to the ABC interview with Dr. Allen, co-chair of the committee from Michigan State University. Who just happens to be Black.

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