(USA Features) Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis defended his state’s decision to ban teaching critical race theory in the state’s schools, calling the controversial curriculum “poison.”
“We’re happy to have banned it in Florida,” DeSantis said in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity Tuesday evening.
“It’s not going to be allowed in Florida classrooms. Spending tax dollars to teach kids that America is a rotten place is absolutely unacceptable,” DeSantis continued.
“If you look at how some of this stuff manifests itself in classrooms, that we have seen examples of, it’s not a conspiracy theory, dividing kids based on race, trying to say some are oppressors and some are oppressed based on race,” the governor added.
“Attacking law enforcement and saying law enforcement attacks people based on race. Those things are poison.”
DeSantis suggested that Florida schools should be teaching students more about the founding of the country and correct history.
“What we should be doing is solid curriculum based on the actual facts of American history and teaching kids what it means to be an American,” he said.
“And part of what it means to be an American is we judge people, not on the color of their skin, but on the content of their character,” he added, referencing an oft-quoted phrase from noted civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Hannity asked the governor why there were wide differences between red states and blue states regarding critical race theory, state income taxes, inheritance taxes, law and order and shutdowns.
“Part of it is we have a conservative approach. They have a left-wing approach. But I think some of this, Sean, is just common sense,” said the governor.
The host went on to say that a steady stream of Americans are leaving states like California, New York, and New Jersey for Florida and other states run by Republicans.
“Well, the good thing is a lot of them are leaving because of those radical policies, and they’ve actually been repelled, and they’re coming because we are an oasis of freedom. So I think that that’s really a good sign,” said DeSantis.