Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is not one to shy away from a challenge. After Vice President Kamala Harris criticized the state’s African American History standards, DeSantis extended an invitation for her to come to Florida and discuss the issue. In a letter to Harris, DeSantis expressed his disappointment in the Biden administration’s misinformation about Florida’s education system and their attempts to label concerned parents as extremists.
DeSantis defended Florida’s curriculum, stating that the state was a leader in requiring the teaching of African American History. He argued that the controversial line in question was not meant to suggest that slaves benefited from their enslavement, but rather highlighted their resilience and ability to develop skills despite the horrific conditions they faced.
Read Governor DeSantis’ letter below: pic.twitter.com/o2W69iJ5il
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The governor also emphasized his willingness to have an open and honest conversation about the issue. He suggested bringing in Dr. William Allen, one of the collaborators on the curriculum, to join the discussion. DeSantis even extended an invitation for Harris to bring along Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, to contribute to the conversation.
DeSantis humorously noted that he was available to meet as early as Wednesday of that week, but understood if Harris already had a trip planned to the southern border – a clear jab at the administration’s handling of the border crisis. He concluded his letter by expressing his hope that they could set an example for the nation by engaging in a serious conversation about an important issue.
Meanwhile, Harris has other plans on her schedule. She is set to address a conference in Orlando, Florida, and had previously visited Jacksonville to deliver a speech critiquing the African American history standards. Harris accused officials of insulting and gaslighting the public with their curriculum.
As always, DeSantis remains unafraid to take on the tough issues and defend his state’s values. His invitation to Harris shows his commitment to finding common ground and engaging in productive dialogue. It’s refreshing to see a leader who is willing to stand up for what he believes in, even in the face of political opposition.