Protesters, including teachers, students, and labor leaders, gathered in Miami to voice their opposition against Florida’s recently introduced Black history teaching standards.
These standards have drawn significant criticism, particularly regarding their portrayal of slavery. The objections to the curriculum center around changes that they claim shine a positive light on slavery.
For example, the new standards instruct that enslaved individuals developed skills for their “personal benefit.”
The new standards have predictably drawn criticism from liberals but also prominent conservatives. For their part, Florida education officials have insisted that critics are simply cherry picking, and misinterpreting the curriculum. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has notably pushed back against curriculum he perceives describes critical race theory and is currently in a feud with College Board over the new Advanced Placement African American Studies course.