Black leaders blast DeSantis ‘atrocities’ outside education building

The gloves came off Thursday morning in front of the state education building in Tallahassee in the ongoing debate about public education in Florida under Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“The issue is racism,” said the Rev. R.B. Holmes, leader of the city’s historic Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, which is rooted in the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.  

Holmes was backed by pastors from four other churches and denounced the new African American history standards approved by the Department of Education. The protests are about instructions that teach enslaved people developed skills which “could be applied for their personal benefit.”

Holmes and others – including Tallahassee Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox, Leon County Commissioner Carolyn Cummings, City Commission candidate Dot Inman-Johnson, the local NAACP and the Florida Council of Churches – are also upset that the governor and Education Commissioner Manny Diaz refuse to discuss the issue.  

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