After Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the College Board changed an African American studies course, a publisher from Chicago said they would offer free e-books about Black history to people in Florida.
Recently, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said that high schools in his state could not offer an advanced placement course on African American studies. This made the College Board change the course.
Haymarket Books called the governor a “racist” and said that he “continues to step up his attacks on the freedom to learn and teach history.”
The publisher, who calls itself a “radical publisher of politics, culture, and current events,” said it had no choice but to respond by making the e-books free to download.
Eve L. Ewing, who wrote a book of poems called “1919” about the race riots in Chicago in 1919, said, “Black people have always found ways to teach our history beneath, beyond, and in between the schemes of people like Ron DeSantis.”
The Hill said that the College Board changed the African American studies course by taking out Black queer studies, intersectionality, and activism and adding things like “Black conservatism.”
Gov. DeSantis said, “Who would say that queer theory is an important part of Black history?” Now, who would say that queen theory is an important part of Black history? Someone is trying to get our kids to do what they want.”