After the DeSantis administration rejected the AP African American Studies course over racial hatred, indoctrination, and promotion of BLM and queer theory, the College Board initially began working to modify it.
The black nationalist racists quickly came after the College Board. And after sufficient crybullying, it released this sad rant. The language is entirely familiar. There’s the blustering and the lies that are characteristic of woke activists and those who have been intimidated at their struggle sessions. The whole thing is painfully unbecoming of any serious institution, but woke institutions are inherently unserious. They’re characterized by totalitarian antics and the stench of radical fear. They’re aggressive because they’re in a perpetual state of terror and rage.
Understand that and paragraphs that sound like they were shouted at Maoist struggle sessions suddenly make sense.
Our commitment to AP African American Studies is unwavering. This will be the most rigorous, cohesive immersion that high school students have ever had in this discipline. Many more students than ever before will go on to deepen their knowledge in African American Studies programs in college.
Just picture this being shouted by academics wearing red headbands while being prodded by cultural revolution students and it sounds right.
“We deeply regret not immediately denouncing the Florida Department of Education’s slander, magnified by the DeSantis administration’s subsequent comments, that African American Studies “lacks educational value.” Our failure to raise our voice betrayed black scholars everywhere and those who have long toiled to build this remarkable field.”
The letter stated that, “the content of this course is inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly lacks educational value.” Not that African-American Studies lacks value, but that the AP course does.
The College Board repeats the propagandistic mistake of the media in conflating the two. And when someone does that, no serious person takes anything they have to say after that seriously.
“We should have made clear that the framework is only the outline of the course, still to be populated by the scholarly articles, video lectures, and practice questions that we assemble and make available to all AP teachers in the summer for free and easy assignment to their students.”
I have no idea what the College Board is even talking about here. An outline is exactly what an AP course is. The statement is apologizing for the obvious in response to black nationalist intimidation.
Much of the College Board letter is dedicated to vocally denying that it made any changes in response to Florida’s rejection. So why did it make those changes?
They also claimed that we removed terms like “systemic marginalization” and “intersectionality” at their behest. This is not true. The notion that we needed Florida to enlighten us that these terms are politicized in several states is ridiculous. We took a hard look at these terms because they often are misunderstood, misrepresented, and co-opted as political weapons. Instead we focused throughout the framework on providing concrete examples of these important concepts. Florida is attempting to claim a political victory by taking credit retroactively for changes we ourselves made but that they never suggested to us.
So why were these changes made?
FDOE’s most recent letter continues to deride the field of African American Studies by describing key topics as “historically fictional.” We have asked them what they meant by that accusation, and they have failed to answer. The College Board condemns this uninformed caricature of African American Studies and the harm it does to scholars and students.
If the College Board doesn’t know what it’s referring to, how can they condemn it?
The letter is gibberish. It flails about, pretending to fight Florida, when it’s actually cowering before the woke.