'I’m the biggest racist': DeSantis skewered after axing diversity, equity and inclusion programs

'I’m the biggest racist': DeSantis skewered after axing diversity, equity and inclusion programs

Editor's note: An Oxford comma was removed from the headline.

Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is proud to run his "War on Woke" 2024 presidential campaign that includes advocating for book bans, anti-LGBTQ+ laws, as well as anti-diversity, equity, and inclusion programs both in schools and the workplace.

On Sunday, the 2024 GOP hopeful shared a clip of himself speaking and signing legislation via Twitter, writing, "As of July 1st, DEI is over in the state of Florida."

The governor's tweet comes less than two months after CBS reported he introduced House Bill 999 in May, which would "ban state colleges and universities from using funds to 'promote, support, or maintain any programs or campus activities that espouse diversity, equity, or inclusion [DEI] or Critical Race Theory rhetoric.'

READ MORE: GOP’s 'anti-woke' panic is turning off voters: strategist

Furthermore, CBS noted, "The bill would also give the state's board of governors the ability to remove 'any major or minor that is based on or otherwise utilizes pedagogical methodology associated with Critical Theory.'"

In the video DeSantis posted, he announced, "So, this bill says, the whole experiment with DEI is coming to an end in the state of Florida. We are eliminating the DEI programs. We are going to treat people as individuals, we are not going to treat people as members of groups. DEI is better viewed as standing for discrimination, exclusion, and indoctrination. And that has no place in our public institutions."

Several professors, lawmakers, and other education experts slammed the governor's discriminatory legislation.

Chris Harris, vice president of Communications at GIFFORDS, said, "DeSantis is literally running on a platform of Uniformity, Inequity & Exclusion."

READ MORE: College Board won’t change AP courses to comply with DeSantis' anti-education law

Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner said, "Ron DeSantis is more dangerous than Donald Trump simply because that's his only guiding principle.

Ex-editor at Chicago Tribune & Sun-Times Mark Jacob commented, "DeSantis’ clear message is: 'Vote for me! I'm the biggest racist!'"

Chairman of the Virginia Black Caucus Lamont Bagby noted, "DEI is on the ballot this November in Virginia. We have learned that whatever Governor DeSantis does is what Governor Youngkin will do next."

Dean of the College of Education & Professional Studies at the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Danielle Dennis, commented, "Imagine being proud of this. I am saddened and angered by what this man is doing to my home state."

Dorian Davis, assistant professor at Webster University, added, "I have literally never seen a worse campaign for president."

READ MORE: New College senior blasts Ron DeSantis' campaign to give a liberal arts 'sanctuary' a MAGA makeover

Watch DeSantis below or at this link.

READ MORE: Why Ron DeSantis is just Barry Goldwater 'rebooted and updated for the digital age': ex-congressional aide

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}
@2023 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by fontsempire.com.