Agriculture Commissioner Fried Nikki and Democratic lawmakers led activists in a “rally” on Monday against a Republican proposal that would trample on the teachings of critical race theory in Florida.
Outside the historic Florida Capitol, Democratic Reps. Angie Nixon and Kelly Skidmore urged colleagues to continue to challenge the proposal as it makes its way through the Legislative Assembly.
The measure – invented a bill on “individual liberty” (HB 7) – will next appear before the House Education and Employment Committee, marking his last committee stop before the floor.
It is undoubtedly among the most controversial proposals of the 2022 legislative session. It seeks to suppress classroom and corporate discussions that Republicans see as “woke” indoctrinations of cultural guilt. It also creates a legal mechanism for employees to sue companies that teach critical race theory.
“Let’s be clear, this is a systematic approach to dividing us,” Skidmore told attendees.
Fried, a gubernatorial candidate, decried the proposal and defended herself as a “fighter” on behalf of Floridians. The bill, she claimed, goes against Floridians suffering from real issues such as rent increases and the COVID-19 pandemic. Rent prices are up 50% over last year in South Florida, NBCMiami reports, which ranks as the largest annual increase in the country.
“They don’t care about you,” Fried said. ” They Do not Care About Us. They only care about one thing: power.
Democrats as a whole vehemently oppose the bill and characterize it as a censorship of historical teachings. Rep. democrat. Dotie Joseph of North Miami describes the bill as a “whitewash” of history. She further castigated him as communist and socialist in nature. Democratic representatives. Kristen Arington of Kissimmee and Angie Nixon of Jacksonville also attended the event.
“For those who are uncomfortable talking about the good and bad of history, swallow it,” Joseph said.
The bill, critics say, could effectively ban books, school materials or even classroom discussions if parents believe the material has a subjective spin on historical fact – particularly if those “tricks” upset a student. because of his race. Critics also warn that the bill could limit discussion of other historical events such as the Holocaust or Japanese internment camps.
Still, DeSantis is a proponent of the measure. And with Democratic lawmakers vastly outnumbered in both chambers, opponents can do little to stop or alter the proposal.
“We want to make sure people can go to school without being scapegoated or targeted,” he said. journalists in February.