Florida Republicans troll Kamala Harris with slavery education bill

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Blaise Ingoglia and Kiyan Michael are carrying the measure in the Senate and House, respectively.

Legislation filed in the Senate and House would put a partisan spin on teaching about one of America’s most brutal historical eras.

And the bill title targets the current Vice President of the United States.

The so-called Kamala Harris Truth in Slavery Teaching Act (SB 1192, HB 1139) contemplates “requiring instruction on the history of African Americans to include a comprehensive account of the sociopolitical circumstances surrounding slavery, including which political parties supported slavery by adopting pro-slavery tenets as part of their platform, etc.”

Sponsors make it clear that the legislative intent would be to make it clear that Southern Democrats were key to promulgating human suffrage, with the Senate sponsor noting the Vice President’s own ironic inspiration of the bill.

“Recently, in Jacksonville, Vice President Kamala Harris commented regarding Florida’s African-American history education standards saying: ‘When we send our children to school, as parents, we want to know that they’re being taught the truth.’ I wholeheartedly agree. That is why it is vitally important, and historically accurate, to include that the Democrat Party not only fought for the continued abomination that was slavery, but they also adopted pro-slavery resolutions and tenets into their official party platform,” said Sen. Blaise Ingoglia of Spring Hill.

“There is truth to the sentiment, ‘If we don’t learn from our past, we’re bound to repeat it.’ It is my profound belief this statement is worth adding to: ‘If we are ignorant of our history, we are bound to the effects of that ignorance,'” contended Rep. Kiyan Michael, a Jacksonville legislator, who pointed to gaps in her own education.

“Like most Black Americans, I was raised never knowing the truth that the Democrat Party was the party of fighting for, and keeping slavery, and the reason for the formation of the Republican Party was to abolish it. It is a valuable, yet hidden, piece of our American history. This bill will bring forth these truths and expose the political parties’ roles regarding the heinous institution of slavery,” she added.

Harris came to Jacksonville last Summer to voice her outrage over standards that suggested slavery benefited the enslaved.

“Adults know what slavery really involved — come on! It involves rape. It involves torture. It involves taking a baby from their mother. It involved some of the worst examples of depriving people of humanity in our world. It involves subjecting people to the requirement that they would think of themselves as less than human,” Harris said.

“So in the context of that, how is it that anyone could suggest that in the midst of these atrocities, that there was any benefit to being subjected to this level of dehumanization?” she added. “That in the midst of these atrocities there were some benefits?”

Gov. Ron DeSantis called her position a “hoax” and said the Vice President was just trying “to try to push a fake narrative about what Florida did.”

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


17 comments

  • 1

    January 3, 2024 at 3:58 pm

    Southern Democrats were key to promulgating human suffrage, while Republicans maintain it in the present.

  • Dont Say FLA

    January 3, 2024 at 4:04 pm

    In Florida, education bills are for trolling politicians. That explains a lot about Florida.

    Florida’s educational system is effectively just the internet comments section.

    • 1

      January 3, 2024 at 4:11 pm

      lol quite right lol

  • TJC

    January 3, 2024 at 4:08 pm

    Whew! It sure is good to know there are no real problems in the State that the Legislature needs to be working on. I could’ve sworn there were a couple of things, but I must be wrong since they have time to write up pointless bills to amuse themselves.

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    January 3, 2024 at 4:41 pm

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  • MH/Duuuval

    January 3, 2024 at 5:57 pm

    What an embarrassment Kiyan Michael is — to herself and also the voters who live in her district. She is In elected office because Dee put her there and she now steps forward to pay her debt.

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  • ScienceBLVR

    January 3, 2024 at 7:38 pm

    Hmmm…remind me which political party wants to protect the history and heritage represented by symbols of the confederacy? Isn’t there even a bill in the Republican dominated legislature to prevent those symbols of hate from finally being destroyed as they should be? A racist proposal that fines or fires officials who try to remove these representations of traitorous murderers?

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 3, 2024 at 9:23 pm

      Yes, one of the bills would be retroactive to 2017. This would be okay with House member Kiyan Michael — whatever Dee wants.

  • My Take

    January 3, 2024 at 9:51 pm

    The segregationist* wing of the Democratic Party moved to and now has táken over the Republican Party, because the Democrats supported civil rights. It’s why the south is red.
    *Jim Crow, Klan, etc.
    MAGA is the scion of the hate wing.

    • MH/Duuuval

      January 4, 2024 at 11:51 am

      MAGAmites believe we are too dense to understand what happened when the parties switched roles.

  • James Earlywine

    January 5, 2024 at 12:19 pm

    That’s fine for them to teach the history that southern democrats were the party that fought to defend slavery.

    So long as they also teach that the white supremacists, having become a minority, now find their home, representation, and power in the republican party.

    ..because that’s the power dynamic of the two parties; democrats – majority rule, republicans – a set of principles that are slow/difficult to change.

  • Joe

    January 5, 2024 at 12:32 pm

    Kiyan Michael’s ignorance comes from the fact that she never went to college and only received a phony degree from a scammy religious institute.

  • Dancing Outlaw

    January 9, 2024 at 9:49 am

    I saw the entire question and answer. My guess is that Nikki Haley took the pointless question to be a gotcha-setup for a follow-up question.

    The question felt like there would be a “gotcha” for any answer including the most obvious answer/word, slavery. But the gotcha was that they got her by tricking her into not saying the word “slavery.” That sort of question is best answered with a question.

    Her question-as-answer should have been along the lines of “Why do you ask, are there slavery deniers now too?”

    The answer has to call out the pointlessness of the question.

    Nikki’s real problem here is not knowing that and realizing that and handling it appropriately in real time. Pobody’s nerfect 100% of the time.

    It shouldn’t be such a big deal, except now some very unclassy folks are accusing her of being a slavery denier which is just crazy, but with the MAGAs, it’s so crazy it just might work.

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