White House Attacks DeSantis For Blocking High School Course Teaching ‘Black Queer Studies’

The Biden administration on Friday blasted as “incomprehensible” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s move to block a controversial African American studies course from being taught in the state’s public high schools, even as leaks revealed the course’s syllabus leans into wokeism.

The College Board, which is developing the curriculum, was told by the Florida Department of Education last week that it would not allow the new course in its schools. But the decision has prompted criticism, with many, including the White House, suggesting that Florida was blocking the teaching of black history.

“If you think about the study of black Americans, that is what he wants to block,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, later adding that Florida didn’t block the more traditional AP European History or Art History. “But the state chooses to block a course that is meant for high-achieving high school students to learn about their history of arts and culture. It is incomprehensible.”

The College Board’s AP African American Studies course is currently in the pilot phase, and the company has not publicly released the curriculum. However, a copy of the curriculum that was leaked to The Florida Standard shows it has a woke streak.

One of the sources that will “likely be examined,” according to the curriculum, is Kimberle Crenshaw’s “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color.” The reading is a foundational text in “intersectionality,” a term woke academics use to focus on the different ways minorities can be oppressed. The curriculum also recommends using as a source “The Case for Reparations,” by Ta-Nehisi Coats, and includes a section on “Black Queer Studies.”

The College Board’s own website also lists potential career paths by major. The only career path listed for those who major in African American studies is community organizing and activism. The company declined to answer why African American Studies — which is being touted in the media as a history course — does not have the same career paths as a history major.

The College Board has defended not publicly releasing the curriculum, citing significant changes that might be made via the piloting process after receiving feedback from teachers, students, scholars, and policymakers.

“We look forward to publicly releasing the updated course framework as soon as it is completed and well before this class is widely available in American high schools,” College Board told The Daily Wire.

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