Miami’s ABC affiliate reports:
A group of “teachers, students, community members and Teamsters” marched to the Miami-Dade school board headquarters Wednesday in protest of Florida’s controversial Black history standards. The protest is being organized by the Miami Center for Racial Justice. At issue in particular is a state curriculum standard to teach middle school students “how slaves developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit.”
Miami’s NBC affiliate reports:
The march comes after the Florida Board of Education approved new African American history standards that were blasted by a state teachers’ union as a “step backward.” According to state documents and officials, a 13-member group was formed from a pool of 40 applicants to set the new standards. The search for these members started in August 2022.
Other language that has drawn the ire of some educators and education advocates includes teaching about how Black people were also perpetrators of violence during race massacres.
On his presidential campaign trail, Gov. Ron DeSantis has touted Florida’s new public school curriculum on Black history. “I think it’s very clear that these guys did a good job with those standards,” DeSantis said. “It wasn’t anything that was politically motivated. These are serious scholars.”
📣 TODAY at 11 a.m. EDT: Join the SPLC as we march with hundreds of teachers, students, community members and organizations to protest Florida’s censoring of Black history!
📍 Starting point: Booker T. Washington Senior High School, 1200 NW 6th Ave., Miami. pic.twitter.com/4Z79WvSovo
— Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) August 16, 2023
Happening now in Miami: Demonstrators are marching in protest of Florida’s new Black history education standards, calling them historically inaccurate, troubling and deeply offensive. pic.twitter.com/EX4eZV1vnR
— Kevin Deutsch (@pillcitybook) August 16, 2023