Former ‘bachelorette’ accuses DeSantis as racist for turning down African studies course, calls black ‘erasure’

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“The View” guest host and former “The Bachelorette” star Rachel Lindsay ripped Governor Ron DeSantis, R-Fla.

Lindsay accused DeSantis of committing “cultural erasure” of African people, on the same scale of erasure that the colonial powers committed during slavery in America.

Lindsay voiced her impassioned criticism of the governor on Friday’s episode of TBEN’s “The View.”

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On Friday’s episode of “The View,” guest host Rachel Lindsay accused Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., of committing “cultural erasure” against black people.
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Co-host Joy Behar introduced the conversation topic, saying, “Governor DeSantis has just put the kibosh on an advanced course of African-American studies in Florida public high schools. The course syllabus is not yet publicly available, but the College Board that created it , called it is a history course that also examines the essential contributions and experiences of African Americans in literature, art, political science, geography, and science.

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Behar added that Florida’s governor felt the course “contradicts state law and” has no educational value.

“I would like to know what he is afraid of? That some critical race theory creeps in while some kids are reading ‘Native Son’ or James Baldwin?’ asked Behar.

Despite reports confirming Behar’s claims that the College Board’s proposed TBEN class has yet to publicly unveil a syllabus and that the DeSantis administration has determined that the class violated state law, Lindsay assumed the worst motives of the state government.

She accused DeSantis of trying to erase African history for history’s sake, rather than protecting Florida’s children from an ideologically driven curriculum.

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After co-host Ana Navarro claimed that DeSantis had made the switch to politics, calling it an “apparent and transparent appeal to the Republican grassroots,” Lindsay took it a step further.

“It’s not a political stunt. I can’t call it that. It’s racism. We have to call it exactly what it is,” she said, leading to applause.

“This is cultural erasing. We’ve seen it happen before. When black people were brought here from Africa, forced to be here, they erased our culture from us. They took away our religion. They took away our names. Our heritage Everything that associated us with Africa was taken away and replaced by Western culture. That’s what you’re doing in education now.”

The guest host accused the DeSantis administration of a double standard for allowing other ethnic courses into the state’s classrooms, but not the African course.

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“If you look at the TBEN classes that are now being taught in the state of Florida, you have Chinese language and culture, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin and Spanish, but you can’t do African American studies? I have big problem!” she said.

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It went unmentioned that the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) rejection letter added to The College Board that “going forward, should College Board be willing to come back to the table with lawful, historically accurate content, FDOE will always be willing to to reopen the discussion.”

“If any other culture can be taught except black culture, that’s racism,” Lindsay said.

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