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DeSantis to decide which history we can learn



They say you can’t rewrite history. But Florida’s Governor is determined to try.  Ron DeSantis is seemingly trying to do away with black history with his controversial decision to ban an Advanced Placement course on African American studies. Students in Florida’s public schools will no longer be able to learn about the history of blacks in America. This is an AP course, where deep, critical thinking is encouraged. Why would we deny a student with a passion for learning the ability to learn about anything that interests them? DeSantis argues this is a course about not education, but indoctrination. Who gets to decide that? The state should not censor classes and attempt to whitewash history. Apparently DeSantis thinks he should get to choose which facts and history can be shared, and it is only those he agrees with. That is dangerous stuff. Trying to shut out information should not be the role of government in the United States. But in Florida, it appears, the rule is don’t say gay, and now don’t say black.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Char

    January 30, 2023 at 6:45 am

    Mr. Shaw, you might want to get more information before you spout off about a subject. There is no “don’t say gay” bill in Florida, any more than a there is a ban on black history. Read up on the subject so you have all of the information, not just the talking points.

  2. Nick

    January 30, 2023 at 7:27 am

    The bill known as do not say gay stated that there would be no sexual education courses in grades one through three and age appropriate in all other grades. The left, as usual, distorted it and the media that has sold out longs ago mimicked their point.
    They attacked Georgia election law as Jim Crow 2 but it was broader than Delaware, New York m, California and other liberal states.
    If the intentionn was to suppress voter turnout, the bill did the opposite because voter turnout has grown each time.
    Here we go again with this bill.

  3. Kent Porter / Mayor of the Northside

    January 30, 2023 at 8:39 am

    OH MY GOD !!! SCOTT you need to back to school and learn about SLAVERY and the 1619 woke project that is a lie , Did you know that in the days of slavery , FREED black slaves also had black slaves on their plantations , and that many white people were slaves at this time , also PRISONS used black and white and china people as slaves and still do , you might of just got out of woke k-12 school but do your homework before you speak , the Gov. of Florida , at least he looks into things before shooting off his mouth ,

  4. Lucenut

    January 30, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    Or you could say the BLM folks rewrote history. It’s completely racist to have “Black History” anything. Thank God for governor De Santis! I can’t wait until we have president De Santis and he makes these policies federal.

  5. Darin

    January 31, 2023 at 9:51 pm

    That’s in Florida. This is Wisconsin. What? There wasn’t a Wisconsin topic available for this day?

  6. Kent

    February 16, 2023 at 11:03 am


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