Kamala dialed up the race-baiting with claim of what FL middle schoolers are taught about slavery

Vice President Kamala Harris dialed up the race-baiting in a speech to black sorority members, accusing “extremist” Republicans of banning books and using gaslighting to “push forward revisionist history” while specifically singling out the state of Florida by claiming that middle schoolers are being taught that slaves benefited from being enslaved.

On Thursday, Harris delivered the keynote address at the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority National Convention in Indianapolis, a speech in which she railed against the political opposition whom she depicted as racists who are determined to roll back civil rights, spewing a word salad of talking points, half-truths, and wild exaggerations which were lapped up by the enthusiastic audience.

“Extremists pass laws that target our friends and neighbors because of who they are and who they love. And at this moment in our country, we just witnessed the United States Supreme Court strike down affirmative action, give businesses the right to discriminate, and deny debt relief to millions of Americans with student loans,” she said, depicting recent Supreme Court decisions that went against the Democrat agenda as being an attack on people of color.

“All the while, these same extremists, in most cases, refuse to pass reasonable gun safety laws to keep our children safe,” she added, “And speaking of our children, extremists pass book bans to prevent them from learning our true history — book bans in this year of our Lord 2023. And while they do this, check it out, they push forward revisionist history. Just yesterday, in the State of Florida, they decided middle school students will be taught that enslaved people benefited from slavery.”

“They insult us in an attempt to gaslight us, and we will not stand for it,” Harris said as the audience applauded, “we who share a collective experience in knowing we must honor history and our duty in the context of legacy.”

But it was the veep who was doing the gaslighting by using one cherry-picked sentence that appears twice in a densely packed 216-page document detailing Florida’s new state academic standards that says: “Instruction includes how slaves developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit.”

 

(Image: Screenshot/Florida Department of Education)

A Twitter community note added to the clip of Harris’s speech states, “For additional context, the new law doesn’t say slavery was good, or that it benefited the enslaved. It states that in some instances, the skills they developed were of personal benefit, but also teaches that slavery itself was and is bad, and should be remembered as bad.”

Twitter users had a thing or two to say about the vice president’s playing on the emotions of the crowd with her wildly overblown remarks as well as her own family’s convoluted history with slavery.

“There is so much at stake in this moment: our most basic rights and freedoms, fact versus fiction, foundational principles about what it means to be a democracy,” Harris said.

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Chris Donaldson

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