The idea that Florida is trying to bury Black history by opposing this left-wing ideological agenda is absurd. In fact, Florida law already requires that public schools teach “the history of African Americans…the passage to America, the enslavement experience, abolition, and the contributions of African Americans to society.”
Governor DeSantis explained this position when he argued that “education, not indoctrination” is Florida’s goal and that African American history will remain a part of Florida’s core curriculum. No one is trying to shy away from the truth by denouncing African American Studies courses that promote a woke ideology.
Instead, by emphasizing the importance of a realistic, serious study of our Nation’s past, truth seekers oppose the idea of ideological agendas taking the place of genuine education and the idea of activism replacing real learning.
We can’t heal from the past by brushing it aside, but we also can’t weaponize our history to turn our Nation’s citizens against each other. Instead, by learning the truth about our country, we can build a bridge to get past the divisions of skin color issues and level the playing field for the one-blood human race.
Every year black history brings reflections of the past and new revelations. This year I discovered that not only is black history celebrated in America; almost every ethnic group, every culture in America has a celebratory day or month. We should celebrate ethnicity and come together in unity. Let’s overcome fear and hate with faith and love in 2023.
This year, as we celebrate BLACK HISTORY MONTH in America, let us celebrate cultural ethnic victories as we continue to seek justice and human dignity for everyone. Here on planet earth, we are one blood/one human race. With God, the Impossible Dream becomes more possible in every generation, every decade, and on social media every day.
Alveda C. King, PhD, serves as Chair of the America First Policy Institute’s Center for the American Dream. She is the daughter of the late slain civil rights activist Rev. A. D. King and the niece of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as a Christian evangelist.
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