Florida Governor Ron DeSantis just keeps the victories rolling against the far left.
From his victory against Disney to his more recent success against the College Board, which unwisely attempted to push BLM as Advanced Placement (AP) course material, DeSantis has made it clear that he will take no nonsense when it comes to strategies designed to divide and distract.
Which is exactly why he took aim at Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts across taxpayer-funded universities in a press release.
“Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced legislation for the 2023 Session to further elevate civil discourse and intellectual freedom in higher education, further pushing back against the tactics of liberal elites who suppress free thought in the name of identity politics and indoctrination,” the press release began.
Sad that alleged liberals have to be persuaded of the value of free, independent thought.
Kind of runs contrary to the liberty classically associated with liberalism, as in the liberalism borne of the Age of Enlightenment, no?
“Amongst its many provisions, the legislation will ensure Florida’s public universities and colleges are grounded in the history and philosophy of Western Civilization; prohibit DEI, CRT and other discriminatory programs and barriers to learning; and course correct universities’ missions to align education for citizenship of the constitutional republic and Florida’s existing and emerging workforce needs,” the release continued.
Yep. It would be nice to ensure that universities can’t leverage taxpayer funds for training students to hate the people whose very taxes enabled their student debt to attend university courses in the first place.
Taxpayers may well enable their (illegal) Biden-ordained debt relief, though the woke college students won’t exactly draw that connection.
Fortunately, DeSantis preempting many of these situations through craft legislation.
For instance, a provision within the 2023 legislative proposal details how the new bill “[requires] the State University System Board of Governors (BOG) and State Board of Education (SBOE) to review and realign general education core courses to make sure they provide historically accurate, foundational and career relevant education; not suppress or distort significant historical events or include a curriculum that teaches identity politics.”
In other words, the bill requires leftists to be fact-checked. Awesome.
The bill also “[prohibits] higher education institutions from using any funding, regardless of source, to support DEI, CRT, and other discriminatory initiatives.”
In other words, private donors to public universities can’t push their pet (divisive) causes through money.
DeSantis himself also issued a statement that made it clear he has a favorable view of universities’ futures across the state, especially when accounting for additional resources the state would grant for faculty salaries.
“In Florida, we will build off of our higher education reforms by aligning core curriculum to the values of liberty and the Western tradition, eliminating politicized bureaucracies like DEI, increasing the amount of research dollars for programs that will feed key industries with talented Florida students, and empowering presidents and boards of trustees to recruit and hire new faculty, including by dedicating record resources for faculty salaries,” DeSantis declared.
DeSantis critics, however, hardly focus on things like that.
Just consider the inane commentary of Mondaire Jones, a current CNN political commentator and former representative.
“If you think the Memphis police officers had to be white in order to exhibit anti-Blackness, you need to take that AP African American Studies course Ron DeSantis just banned,” Jones whined.
What a bizarre statement that needlessly inflames tensions, which is precisely why DeSantis wishes to ban such inflammatory curriculum that is based on more emotions than facts.
Matt Walsh of the Daily Wire had a rather humorous take on Jones’s response.
“If you blame white supremacy for black-on-black crime, you’ve probably taken way too many of those kinds of courses,” Walsh remarked wryly.
Author: Ofelia Thornton