• 'Degnerate Racist Dago' DeSantis Doubles Down!! Says Slavery In And of

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    [Are Dagos white?. Don't think so.]

    DeSantis doubles down on claim that some Blacks benefited from slavery
    Kevin Sullivan, Lori Rozsa
    Washington Post

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is intensifying his efforts to de-emphasize
    racism in his state's public school curriculum by arguing that some Black people benefited from being enslaved and defending his state's new African American history standards that civil rights leaders and scholars say misrepresents centuries of U.S. reality.

    "They're probably going to show that some of the folks that eventually parlayed, you know, being a blacksmith into doing things later in life," DeSantis said on Friday in response to reporters' questions while standing
    in front of a nearly all-White crowd of supporters.
    Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference at the Celebrate Freedom Foundation Hangar in
    West Columbia, S.C. Tuesday, July 18, 2023. DeSantis visited South
    Carolina to file his 2024 candidacy for president.

    DeSantis, a GOP presidential candidate who is lagging in polls against the front-runner, former president Donald Trump, and is trying to reset his campaign, quickly drew criticism from educators and even some in his
    party. He has built his campaign for the Republican presidential
    nomination on attacking what he calls the radical liberal policies of
    President Biden and the Democratic Party, but the latest remarks could
    alienate Black voters just as the GOP tries to court them.

    Former U.S. representative Will Hurd of Texas, who announced last month
    that he was joining the race for the GOP nomination, blasted the idea that enslaved people were able to use slavery as some kind of training program.

    "Slavery wasn't a jobs program that taught beneficial skills," Hurd, the
    son of a Black father and a White mother, tweeted. "It was literally dehumanizing and subjugated people as property because they lacked any
    rights or freedoms."

    DeSantis, however, is continuing to defend Florida's new curriculum, which covers a broad range of topics and includes the assertion for middle
    school instruction that "slaves developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit."

    DeSantis said he "wasn't involved" in writing the new teaching materials,
    which took effect this week. But he credited "a lot of scholars" with
    creating "the most robust standards in African American history probably anywhere in the country."

    Civil rights leaders, educators and others have expressed revulsion at the
    idea that enslaved people benefited from the experience.

    As Biden's running mate, Vice President Harris has stepped up her attack-
    dog role, and on Friday traveled to Jacksonville to assail DeSantis's
    policies in his home state. She emphasized that slavery involved rape,
    torture and "some of the worst examples of depriving people of humanity in
    our world."

    Florida State Rep. Fentrice Driskell, a Tampa Democrat who last year
    became the first Black woman to become House Democratic leader, called DeSantis's latest remarks a continuation of his "assault on Black

    "Let's really dissect what he's saying here," she said. "He's saying that
    to be ripped away from your homelands and brought to another country
    against your will, or to be born into the atrocity of the dehumanizing institution that was slavery, that those horrors are some way, somehow outweighed by the benefit that you get a trade. Are you kidding me?"

    DeSantis issued a statement Friday saying, "Democrats like Kamala Harris
    have to lie about Florida's educational standards to cover for their
    agenda of indoctrinating students and pushing sexual topics onto
    children." His campaign did not respond to an email on Saturday requesting comment.

    Some on the right defended DeSantis, including Fox News host Jesse

    "No one is arguing slaves benefited from slavery," Watters said Friday on
    his prime time show. "No one is saying that. It's not true. They are
    teaching how Black people develop skills during slavery in some instances
    that can be applied for their own personal benefit."

    Biden campaign co-chairman Cedric L. Richmond attacked DeSantis's defense
    of the new Florida curriculum as "disgusting." He added in a statement on Saturday that it was "a symptom of the extremism that's infected the
    Republican candidates running for president. There's no debate over
    slavery. It was utterly evil with zero redeeming qualities."

    Marvin Dunn, a professor emeritus at Florida International University and author of "A History of Florida: Through Black Eyes," said DeSantis would
    gain no political advantage from his argument because "it is so outrageous
    that people are going to reject it."

    "These children know in their hearts and in their minds that slavery was
    evil," he said.

    "One of the main things about slavery, beyond the physical damage that it
    did to people of so many generations, was that it prevented people from becoming what they could have become," he said.

    "So what if you became a carpenter or a blacksmith or a good maid? Your
    chances of that were not determined by you, it was determined by somebody
    else. That's not a rationalization for enslavement."

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