Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, blasted Florida Gov. Ron Desantis over the state’s new requirements for the teaching of Black history.
During a campaign rally in Iowa on Thursday, Scott criticized the new curriculum rules, including language demanding Florida children be taught that enslaved persons “developed skills” that benefited them under the system of American slavery.
The South Carolina senator claimed there was absolutely no benefit to the system when questioned by a Politico reporter.
“There is no silver lining in slavery,” Scott said. “Slavery was really about separating families, about mutilating humans and even raping their wives. It was just devastating.”
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I asked Tim Scott about the Florida slavery curriculum/DeSantis: “There’s no silver lining to slavery,” he says. It “was really about separating families about mutilating humans, and even raping their wives.”
Says he hopes “everyone running for president would appreciate that” pic.twitter.com/VAtT8XZtbb
— Natalie Allison (@natalie_allison) July 28, 2023
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), the lone Black Republican in Florida’s congressional delegation, and Vice President Kamala Harris have both criticized DeSantis for the curriculum. Last week, Harris referred to the doctrines as “propaganda”.
“They dare to push propaganda to our children,” Harris said at the time. “Ad*lts know what slavery really involved. It involved rape. It involved torture. It involved taking a baby from their mother.”
DeSantis responded to Harris’ remarks by asserting that she was lying and that anyone who read the curriculum would concur with him.
“Anyone that actually read that and listens to Kamala [Harris] would know that she’s lying,” DeSantis said. “That particular provision about the skills, that was in spite of slavery not because of it.”
But it’s not just Florida. The way race is taught in schools has come under increased scrutiny in Republican-led states across the nation.
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Along with Florida, states like Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Ohio have backed legislation to stop or alter how instructors teach about race. This has included changes to the curriculum, the banning of certain books, and giving parents more control over what their children are taught.