Ron DeSantis says Florida history standards aren’t ‘shilling for slavery’

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'Those are criticisms in bad faith.'

Ron DeSantis is speaking out yet again in defense of controversial Florida Black history standards that contend slavery benefited the enslaved.

During an interview on the “Faulkner Focus” with host Harris Faulkner, the Florida Governor told Fox News viewers that criticisms of the standards were made in “bad faith” and that the people who decided the standards weren’t “shilling for slavery.”

“First of all, those are criticisms in bad faith, Harris, because as you suggest, you know, there’s hundreds of pages of painstaking detail,” DeSantis said.

“This was done by Black history scholars, most of whom were Black themselves. They are not shilling for slavery. They are showing the injustice of slavery. But that particular passage wasn’t saying that slavery was a benefit. They were saying there was resourcefulness and people acquired skills in spite of slavery, not because of it. And then they used those when they achieved their freedom.”

The Florida State Board of Education’s new standards state that “slaves developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit,” in what is by far the most controversial assertion in the 216-page document formulated last month.

DeSantis’ comments follow in the wake of Vice President Kamala Harris’ strong words in Orlando Tuesday at the AME 20th Women’s Missionary Society Quadrennial Convention.

As she did during her previous trip to Florida, the Vice President was unrelenting in her condemnation of the language backed by DeSantis, adding that no debate was possible regarding the “redeeming qualities” of slavery that she claimed DeSantis believes exists.

“And on top of all of this, in this moment, we even see extremists ban books and attempt to erase and even rewrite the ugly parts of our history right here in Florida, right here in Florida. They plan to teach students that enslaved people benefited from slavery,” Harris said. “They insult us in an attempt to gaslight us, in an attempt to divide and distract our nation with unnecessary debates.”

“And now they attempt to legitimize these unnecessary debates with a proposal that most recently came in of a politically motivated roundtable,” Harris continued, referring to DeSantis’ challenge to debate her about the slavery language in the curriculum.

“Well, I’m here in Florida. I tell you there is no roundtable, no lecture, no invitation we will accept to debate an undeniable fact. There were no redeeming qualities of slavery, right? And as I said last week, when I was again here in Florida, we will not stop calling out and fighting back against extremist so-called leaders who try to prevent our children from learning our true and full history.”

The Governor has charged Harris with having made a decision to “parachute” in and “chirp” and “demagogue” about Florida’s standards. He also has taken criticism from various Republicans, including U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds and presidential candidates Chris ChristieWill HurdMike Pence and Tim Scott. But he continues to stand by the language.

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


  • M. Mouse

    August 2, 2023 at 1:02 pm

    Gee, he sure doth protest too much, methinks!

  • Dont Say FLA

    August 2, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    Rhonda seriously needs to be enslaved for 30 years so he can learn a thing or two and maybe parlay his newfound learnings into success later in life. ‘Cause his skills today, they are lacking.

  • Suze

    August 2, 2023 at 4:04 pm

    He has already eaten his who white nationalist foot and is moving on to the other foot

  • My Take

    August 2, 2023 at 7:57 pm

    Maybe “Sunny Side of Slavery” DeSSantis will now move on to concentration camps.

  • Ron DiSaster

    August 3, 2023 at 12:38 am

    He’s trying to make white American’s feel less guilty about our history by rewriting it.

  • Sonja Fitch

    August 3, 2023 at 3:56 am

    Mmm Desantis Just another “shilling “ to get some money for Desantis run for president! Most of the crap spewed by Desantis IS just his own self reflections!

  • My Take

    August 3, 2023 at 8:13 am

    DeSSgustus’s hate campaign would have worked fine in Florida . . . in 1940.

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