DeSantis invites Kamala to meet with him to discuss curriculum … unless she’s too busy ‘with the border’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wasn’t alone in countering the political salvos against his state’s curriculum that piled on into a second week with a fraternity stunt and thoughts from the vice president on “propaganda.”

This year’s “Don’t Say Gay” has quickly become “net benefit” in the Sunshine State after a single line from the recently released dedication standards denoted “how slaves developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit.”

The ongoing spin to present Florida education as racist and DeSantis as complicit in promoting slavery as a good thing may well stretch on for years after the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, considered the oldest black collegiate fraternity in America, announced the relocation of their 2025 convention over the curriculum.

Originally planned for Orlando, the Associated Press reported that the fraternity’s general president, Willis Lonzer, planned to move the event, typically attended by “between 4,000 and 6,000 people,” to an as yet undecided location over the “personal benefit” standard.

“Although we are moving our convention from Florida, Alpha Phi Alpha will continue to support the strong advocacy of Alpha Brothers and other advocates fighting against the continued assault on our communities in Florida by Governor Ron DeSantis,” Lonzer said in a statement as his fraternity contended the move would leave the state missing out on $4.6 million in economic impact.

There was no shortage of ridicule for the move that doubled down on travel advisories from earlier in the year issued by the likes of the NAACP, League of United Latin American Citizens, and other activist organizations.

Of course, the effort to maintain this farce has been a united one with Vice President Kamala Harris appearing to make this a central issue. Sunday, more than a week after her first attack on the standards developed in part by the former chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Dr. William Allen, she released a video of herself meeting with “educators who simply want to teach the truth without fear of losing their jobs.”

This included lumping the new Florida standards with Holocaust denial as they were characterized as telling kids “slavery wasn’t all that bad.”

“And that you would be in a position where politicians are telling you what to teach, and to tell you to push propaganda,” Harris lamented in the video. “It’s so outrageous.”

DeSantis’ press secretary Jeremy Redfern led the charge in combating the narrative with the added touch of chronicling how long the debunked claims had been pushed. “Day 10: Kamala Harris calls parents extremists for removing inappropriate material from their children’s schools. School is for education, not indoctrination, and parents have a right to direct the upbringing of their kids.”

If this is where Harris hopes to mark her legacy, DeSantis seemed more than willing to help her tackle the perceived problem head-on as he sent her an invitation Monday to have an actual discussion on the curriculum.

“In Florida we are unafraid to have an open and honest dialogue about the issues,” the letter read in part. “And you clearly have no trouble ducking down to Florida on short notice. So given your grave concern (which, I must assume, is sincere) about what you think our standards say, I am officially inviting you back down to Florida to discuss our African American History standards.”

“We will be happy to host you here in Tallahassee. I will ask Dr. William Allen–instrumental in the development of our impressive new standards–to join. We welcome you of course, to bring Randi Weingarten or someone else who shares your view about the standards,” it continued inviting along the president of the American Federation of Teachers union.

“I am prepared to meet as early as Wednesday of this week,” DeSantis wrote before taking a shot at Harris’ failure to address the border crisis, “but of course want to be deferential to your busy schedule should you already have a trip to the southern border planned for that day.”


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