Democrat Anna Eskamani Mocked for Asking Whether Florida Schools Can Discuss Buffalo Shooting

May 17, 2022 Updated 2:58 PM ET


May 17, 2022 Updated 2:58 P.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) –  Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Press Secretary Christina Pushaw cracked down on critical race theory in a response to a tweet from Democrat State Rep. Anna Eskamani who asked DeSantis whether Florida would be allowed to discuss the tragic shooting in Buffalo, N.Y. 

An 18-year-old white male is accused of opening fire and killing 10 people and leaving three others wounded at a Buffalo supermarket. Eleven of the victims were black. 

“Can we?” Eskamani asked on Twitter. 

“As long as you don’t tell children in Florida that they are responsible for a lunatic’s crime in Buffalo if they happen to be of the same race as that lunatic,” Pushaw responded. 

The question comes as the DeSantis administration has clamped down on teaching critical race theory in Florida schools. 

The DeSantis administration passed the “Stop W.O.K.E Act” which bans educators and workplace employers from teaching Floridians that their “moral character” is determined by race, sex, or national origin. Students cannot be taught that a person is inherently racist or oppressive based on their race, sex, or national origin. 

The Governor’s administration also squashed Critical Race Theory textbooks. The Florida Department of Education rejected 41% of submitted math textbooks, citing attempts to indoctrinate students. Since then, more publishers have removed “woke” content and have been added to the adopted list to meet state standards. 

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