Miami Union Lies that Republicans are “Trying to Erase History,” Ignore Tearing Down of Statues

By Eric Daugherty, Florida's Voice

March 17, 2022 Updated 1:50 PM ET

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March 17th, 2022 Updated 1:36 P.M. ET

MIAMI (FCV) – The left-wing union American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) in Miami-Dade County is spreading disinformation to recipients regarding recent Republican efforts to ban critical race theory in public education.

“They’re trying to erase history,” one handout reads. “The Florida Legislature is fast-tracking legislation that would limit teaching of American history in Florida classrooms,” it says, referring to S.B. 148.

The bill in question is titled “Individual Freedom” and would bar subjecting individuals as condition of employment, certification, passing an examination, etc. to training or instruction that may “compel” one to believe that specific concepts listed in the bill constitute discrimination based on race, color, sex, or national origin.

S.B. 148 died in the Rules Committee on March 14.

“Protect American history – Florida Senate Bill 148 will prevent our children from learning the most important parts of American history,” another handout reads, going on to depict President George Washington, President Abraham Lincoln, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Some of the barred concepts listed in the bill include the idea that one member of a race bears responsibility for actions taken by fellow members of their race, along with the notion that one’s “character or status as either privileged or oppressed” is defined by their race, sex, color, or national origin.

Under existing Florida law, students must learn about the Holocaust – something that was not standardized until Governor Ron DeSantis’ administration. He signed H.B. 1213 in 2020 to require public schools to certify that they teach about the Holocaust as a historic event.

Schools also already must teach about slavery. “The history of African Americans, including the history of African peoples before the political conflicts that led to the development of slavery, the passage to America, the enslavement experience, abolition, and the contributions of African Americans to society. Instructional materials shall include the contributions of African Americans to American society,” the law reads.

Additionally, schools must teach about human rights abuses in Cuba – which includes the Fidel Castrol regime.

On the other hand, left-wingers have supported tearing down historical American statues and removing the names of heroes like Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.

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