Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., introduced on Friday that he’s sending a “care package” to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that features a replica of Robin DiAngelo’s bestseller “White Fragility.”
“Hey Cousin Ron,” Bowman tweeted. “I’m sending you a care package. Hope you like it. These are books you should read — don’t go banning them! Please let me know if you have any comprehension questions .”
Bowman stated the care bundle integrated a duplicate of “How to be an Antiracist” by way of Ibram X. Kendi and “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by way of DiAngelo — which received vital recognition in some circles after its 2018 unencumber, whilst additionally drawing monumental controversy.
“I know already you’re triggered, you’re probably falling out of your seat, you’re probably screaming and yelling. You’re probably going to throw it across the room. Don’t do it,” Bowman stated.
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The care bundle additionally integrated a duplicate of a youngsters’s guide – “How to be Kind” – in addition to some sage, which Bowman stated would “cleanse your office, and your state of all the stress that’s happening there.”
He then took on a extra critical tone on his technique to the publish workplace and accused DeSantis of “trying to erase my history…you are trying to erase my culture and my heritage.”
DeSantis has cracked down on “woke” instructing in colleges and closing 12 months signed a invoice that bars courses that counsel an individual is both privileged or oppressed in keeping with a chcarcteristic together with race, colour, intercourse or nationwide foundation.
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He has rejected claims he is attempting to silence instructing about African America’s historical past, together with slavery, and has as an alternative argued that his management is cracking down best on “woke” curriculums.
The controversy fired up in January when Florida blocked a brand new AP African American Studies path within the state, deeming it opposite to Florida regulation and missing in tutorial worth. A piece of the path, titled “African American Studies: Movements and Methods,” integrated a lesson on “Black Queer Studies” that teaches scholars about “the concept of the queer of color critique, grounded in Black feminism and intersectionality, as a Black studies lens that shifts sexuality studies toward racial analysis,” in step with the syllabus. The College Board has just lately made adjustments to the path.
“This course on Black history, what’s one of the lessons about? Queer theory. Now, who would say that an important part of Black history is queer theory? That is somebody pushing an agenda,” DeSantis stated in January.
Bowman, alternatively, noticed the transfer as sinister.
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“You take away my history, you take away my self-determination and leave me vulnerable to be oppressed and colonized by people who have done the same thing to my ancestors,” he stated.
He additionally stated he desires to be told about “my own history, I want to learn about Arab Muslim history, I want to learn about Jewish history, I want to learn about Italian history, Irish history, Asian history, Southeast Asian history, Japanese history, Chinese history.”
The video then presentations him going to the publish workplace and mailing the bundle to Florida.
Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this record.