Kim Daniels distances herself from Ron DeSantis’ administration’s new Black history standards

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'In fact, I was never consulted about these standards.'

A Jacksonville Democrat on a board that helped to formulate controversial new Black history standards is rejecting the product that came out of it.

In a statement, Rep. Kimberly Daniels rejected the work product of the African American History Task Force, to which she was appointed by Florida Commissioner of Education, Manny Diaz.

Specifically, the Jacksonville legislator noted she “never participated in any conversation about the state’s Black history standards,” which include an assertion that slavery had “benefits” for the enslaved.

“In fact, I was never consulted about these standards, I disagree with and would have immediately challenged and resisted any notion that slavery was a benefit to African Americans,” Daniels said, before pointing to her own history.

“I am a Black woman who was born in the early 1960s. I understand the atrocities of racial oppression and Jim Crow. I lived it,” Daniels said, before turning her attention to a statement she made years ago that was attributed to her.

“The ‘Thank God for Slavery‘ political ploy was taken out of context from a message I preached 15 years ago,” asserted Daniels, who is an evangelist.

“The message was not about slavery but about overcoming obstacles in life as a believer of Jesus Christ. Taking it out of that setting and putting it in any other context is simply slanderous.”

Daniels’ comments come in the wake of Vice President Kamala Harris visiting Jacksonville to denounce the DeSantis administration’s newly adopted standards at the historic Ritz Theater in LaVilla. Harris criticized the DeSantis administration for imposing standards that include teaching middle school students “enslaved people benefited from slavery” and high school students that the victims of racially motivated massacres were somehow also perpetrators.

In Utah Friday for a presidential campaign stop, DeSantis distanced himself from the creation of the standards his administration fostered, advising reporters to ask the Florida Board of Education about them. But he defended the process and the product.

DeSantis said the Board “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 even defended the inclusion of curriculum that claimed enslaved people benefited from slavery at one point.

“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,” DeSantis said.

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


32 comments

  • Ron DeSantis is a Fascist

    July 24, 2023 at 4:52 pm

    “DeSantis even defended the inclusion of curriculum that claimed enslaved people benefited from slavery at one point.”

    He can eat sh*t. This is the kind of conclusion that only the most despicable type of person could reach.

    Just when I think DeSantis can’t possibly go lower, he does.
    Just an absolute trash human. Complete disgrace.

    • Roger McGrath

      July 31, 2023 at 2:57 pm

      DESANTIS is a POS, RACISTS, LIKE THE WHOLE REPUBLICAN PARTY, CRIMINALS

  • Ocean Joe

    July 24, 2023 at 4:56 pm

    Would think Rep. Daniels would resign from the committee at the very least, and call on the governor to resign from office.

    1958 is officially back.

    • Sassy

      July 25, 2023 at 10:54 am

      That would be a GREAT IDEA!!!

  • John

    July 24, 2023 at 5:19 pm

    Some Stone Age people took captive other Stone Age people and sold them, just as people had been doing for millennia. The victors in these contests were paid for their merchandise, and the vanquished got to live in relatively humane conditions. The truth is that everyone benefitted from these transactions, although we may all rejoice that the idea of holding property in man has been formally abolished, despite contemporary de facto slavery in child labor, the sex industry, etc.

    • Silly Wabbit

      July 24, 2023 at 5:42 pm

      You kwazy.

      • Sassy

        July 25, 2023 at 10:55 am

        I totally agree with you!

    • Rosie

      July 25, 2023 at 7:34 am

      ‘Humane’ conditions? You couldn’t even live without air conditioning. ‘Everyone’ benefitted? Be great to see you shackled and sailed for months to a foreign land only to see your loved ones sold even farther away.

      Trump let you think it was OK to come out of your hole. The rest of say it wasn’t.

    • Jeremiah Nixon

      July 25, 2023 at 4:19 pm

      You are a lost individual if you think any of that has to do with this countries disgusting history of slavery and institutional racism for the last 400 years….. Seek help please

    • JBond

      July 26, 2023 at 2:13 pm

      Who the HELL is EVERYONE who benefited from the slave transactions?? Only the purchasers of the Enslaved people benefited!!

    • Diane

      July 27, 2023 at 1:43 am

      Idiot! You have no idea what true African Americans went through. You foolish child. You need to learn true history. You should return to the Stone Age. Absolutely idiotic statement you made, Karen! 🙄

  • TJC

    July 24, 2023 at 5:45 pm

    A Black woman was left out of the racist loop on the very committee that she was a part of? Well, it’s not surprising, but it is a part of history now: Racist Florida Black History, Modern Times.

    • May Davis

      July 25, 2023 at 2:10 am

      Forced labor, physical, mental and emotional abuse is never a benefit. The work slaves performed weren’t skills to learn nor advance. It only revealed how resilient people of color really are. Being exploited, divided, raped, experimented, deprived, burned, hung, mutilated, mistreated, trafficked etc… were totally reprehensible. Florida and some other states are being served a pot of witchcraft stew. Control and desensitization is this governor’s mission. Don’t think for one second that everyone is affected by this cancer, whether you’re rich, poor, black, white, heterosexual, Christian or not, a witch will feed her children poison to control them too. You can’t separate a man from his agenda…evil. Just pure evil.

      • Sassy

        July 25, 2023 at 11:00 am

        I don’t know who’s the worst Ron or Donald.

      • Dee S.

        July 25, 2023 at 1:53 pm

        Amen @ May Davis! The best response to this horrendous notion that slavery was a “benefit” I’ve seen thus far!

  • My Take

    July 24, 2023 at 6:01 pm

    A mere glance at numbers shows the lie.
    For every hundred or few hundred field slaves, on a plantation, there might have been what? A blacksmith assistant, a weaver or two, a potter. A trifle, made smaller by doing any potential good for only those of working age at emancipation. Out of hundreds of years. A trifle of a triful.

    • JBond

      July 26, 2023 at 2:19 pm

      These enslaved people were ALREADY skilled craftsmen in AFRICA!! Long before they were kidnapped and enslaved. The oldest university Timbuktu is in Africa!! They were wearing GOLD necklaces and jewelry!! Europeans STILL can’t figure out how they cut the stones and moved them to build the pyramids!! Don’t forget EGYPT is in AFRICAN!!

  • Tally is Crazy!

    July 24, 2023 at 8:00 pm

    Rep Daniels is right. The taskforce did not create or propose those standards. This was done secretly and pushed on everyone.

    • renee pearman

      July 25, 2023 at 6:07 pm

      Then shi-can the whole mess and start over. But in the same breath, please don’t bring in a pot load of woke crap that every ‘white’ (which seems to include everyone from Europe) person today is evil, always will be and should be hanging their head in shame forever for events that took place before we were even thought of. Is there still prejudiced attitudes today?? Of course, we are humans and every society has their pecking order. It IS awful but let’s not shoot everyone in retaliation.

      • Party Pooper

        July 25, 2023 at 10:53 pm

        Just tell the truth!! I have many truths in my own family that include rape, murder, hangings and beatings. The truth does hurt but it is the truth. Race always has something to do with it. Race is a social structure created by perpetrators for their benefit. Lying about the events does not erase it. Stay woke.

    • Diane

      July 27, 2023 at 1:45 am

      The fact she said this years ago shows she’s an idiot “I thank God for slavery. I thank God for the crack house. If it weren’t for the crack house, God wouldn’t have never been able to use me how he can use me now and if it wasn’t for slavery, I might be somewhere in Africa worshiping a tree,” said Daniels during the sermon delivered at Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio.-Kimberly Daniels

  • Cheesy Floridian

    July 24, 2023 at 10:56 pm

    Can’t wait for the next election to vote out all his followers. And so glad for term limits.

  • James Eddy

    July 24, 2023 at 10:56 pm

    Kim Daniels is the biggest fraud ever put on Jacksonville. She was never a Democrat. If the party could they would strip her from using thr Democratic party.

    • Samuel

      July 25, 2023 at 2:49 pm

      What does human trafficking victims benefit. Give me a break black and white hypocrites that support this nonsense.

    • Joy Parris

      July 25, 2023 at 7:27 pm

      James Eddy Have A Seat! Matter A Fact Have Several Seats.
      It is my understanding that even tho Republicans say they stand for Christian Values and Pro Life.
      She couldn’t tolerate Their Hypocrisy Pro-Life for babies and with another Face behind close doors Call Afro Americans Coons and support the Police Brutality. Cry out against LGBTQ + community
      While they are Toe Tappin in Restrooms to receive the same.
      It’s Not About Voting Red or Blue You Idiot, it’s about standing for what’s right. Democrat? Republican?
      Go sit yo Azz Down somewhere.

  • Suze

    July 25, 2023 at 1:12 am

    Just like his take over of higher education in Florida. He has destroyed the future of education and healthcare in Florida for years.

  • Kelly

    July 25, 2023 at 2:33 am

    I’m just really confused on which word in her statement about slavery was taken out of context.. I ,thank God,for,slavery? Or even if she knows the history of the bibles beginnings,or which type of tree,slaves worshipped.. I’ve never known a African that worshipped trees.

  • Kellycooley

    July 25, 2023 at 2:36 am

    Oh wait,,does she still preach or her parishioners was OK with distancing herself from dasantis.. or her excuse that her words were taken out of context.TGE BIBLE SAYS “BEWARE OF THE SHEEP IN WOLF CLOTHES”

  • Jeannette

    July 25, 2023 at 10:31 am

    Anybody on here ready to switch lives with your average dark skinned black person?

  • Kellycooley

    July 25, 2023 at 11:02 am

    Amen.. I just can’t see how any part of her words were taken outta context.. like which word?

  • misinformed people

    July 25, 2023 at 11:23 am

    AG, you write, “A Jacksonville Democrat on a board that helped to formulate controversial new Black history standards is rejecting the product that came out of it.”

    The problem is that the African American History Taskforce had NOTHING to do with creating the standards. There was a separate work group of educators that supposedly wrote the standards. Daniels was NOT a member of that group. Moreover, she wasn’t even a member of the Taskforce at the time said work group met to create the standards.

    I know this is all confusing b/c you have an official spreading false information that has everyone in an uproar for nothing. Let’s bring the integrity back to journalism. Do some research before slapping your name on an article.

  • renee pearman

    July 25, 2023 at 6:09 pm

    Then shi-can the whole mess and start over. But in the same breath, please don’t bring in a pot load of woke crap that every ‘white’ (which seems to include everyone from Europe) person today is evil, always will be and should be hanging their head in shame forever for events that took place before we were even thought of. Is there still prejudiced attitudes today?? Of course, we are humans and every society has their pecking order. It IS awful but let’s not shoot everyone in retaliation.

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