DeSantis official wrote a dissertation in support of Critical Race Theory: report

DeSantis official wrote a dissertation in support of Critical Race Theory: report
Ron DeSantis speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Gage Skidmore

An official for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is facing criticism now that details about his previous dissertation have come to light, according to Politico. In 2014, Eric Hall, now the DeSantis-appointed head of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, penned the dissertation while working toward his doctorate at University of South Florida.

Hall, who previously worked as an official for the Florida Department of Education, essentially embraced the teachings of Critical Race Theory (CRT) as he suggested that it was "'a good 'framework' to study racial inequities in the public education system."

“Critical Race Theory (CRT) provides a grounded set of beliefs that seek to uncover and expose racism and its related impact on those who are often without power, in the case of this study, minority students,” Hall wrote in his dissertation, which POLITICO obtained.

Per Politico, Hall's 272-page dissertation "studied two 'alternative' schools and how the public education system displaces minority students at higher rates through expulsion and other factors. In turn, that can lead to large numbers of minority students ending up in the 'school-to-prison pipeline.'”

Hall also concluded with an observation of school systems saying, "school curriculum is crafted in a way that specifically disadvantages minority students."

“Understanding this practice and the fact that ‘democratic choice is not necessarily available for all,’ CRT can help to shape the manner in which the top is explored while also exposing the bias maintained by the author of this inquiry, who is a middle-class, white male,” he wrote.

The latest development comes just days after DeSantis introduced newly-proposed legislation that would prohibit students and workers from being required to participate in lessons on Critical Race Theory. Parents would also have the right to file lawsuits against school districts that include the teachings in their curriculum.

After DeSantis discussed the proposed "Stop W.O.K.E. Act,” his campaign sent out an email about it.

“The adoption of woke ideologies like Critical Race Theory is the left’s latest method to delegitimize America’s institutions and our founding principles,” the fundraising pitch read. “From schools to corporations, Democrats are working to indoctrinate our nation’s youth with hatred — hatred towards one another and towards America.”

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