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Florida battle brews over AP African American Studies program, attorney Crump threatens DeSantis with lawsuit

Florida battle brews over AP African American Studies program, attorney Crump threatens DeSantis with lawsuit

Florida battle brews over AP African American Studies program, attorney Crump threatens DeSantis with lawsuit

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump threatened Wednesday to sue Republican Governor Ron DeSantis on behalf of three high school students.

Speaking at the Florida Senate in Tallahassee on Wednesday, Crump said, “I will notify Gov. DeSantis if I do not negotiate with the College Board to teach AP African American Studies in classrooms throughout Florida.” [the three high school students] He will be the lead plaintiff in a historic lawsuit. ”

“Would you like Governor DeSantis or someone to eradicate black history in classrooms across America?” Crump asked. “This is saying you can’t eradicate us. You can’t eradicate our culture, you can’t eradicate the value of children in this world.”

Crump’s threatened lawsuit comes a day after the College Board announced plans to revise the AP African American Studies course.

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The College Board didn’t give a reason for its plans to make the change, but the confusion over its content has been going on for years in the Sunshine State.

Governor DeSantis previously blocked courses from high schools in Florida, violating the state’s “Stop WOKE Act” signed last year, claiming the materials were “historically inaccurate.”

Attorney Ben Crump speaks at a press conference outside the Federal Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 15, 2020.
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“What is one of the lessons in this course on black history? Queer theory,” DeSantis said earlier this week. “Well, who would say queer theory is an important part of black history? That’s someone pushing the agenda.”

According to a copy of the syllabus previously obtained by Fox News Digital, the course includes elements of Critical Race Theory (CRT) doctrine and queer theory.

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A section of the course entitled “African American Studies: Movements and Methods” includes “Teaching students about queer notions of color critique, grounded in Black feminism and intersectionality as Black as Black.” Contains lessons on queer studies. According to the syllabus, a research lens that shifts sexuality research into racial analysis.

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Brian Griffin, a press secretary for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, said last week that the course “is a vehicle for the political agenda, leaving a large and fuzzy gap that could be filled with additional ideological material.” .

“As Governor DeSantis stated, our classrooms will be places of education, not indoctrination,” he said.

Alex Lanfranconi, director of communications for the Florida Department of Education, called Crump’s potential lawsuit “no more than a futile publicity stunt.”

“We are pleased that the College Board has identified a problem with the course curriculum that was originally submitted. and as a result of Florida’s strong stance on identity politics, indoctrination and indoctrination will result in access to historically accurate and unbiased courses for students across the country,” said Lanfranconi. said.

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“As Governor DeSantis said, African-American history is American history, and we will not allow organizations to use academic courses as gateways to their indoctrination and political agendas. We expect the removal of important racial theories, black queer studies, intersectionality, and other topics that violate the law.”

Fox News Digital has reached out to Crump and DeSantis’ offices for additional comment.

Fox News’ Taylor Penley contributed to this report.

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