Florida's government is taking heat for a new policy that reveals the ignorance of those in charge of the Sunshine State.
"Florida has become the latest state to ban critical race theory, continuing the growing charge by Republican lawmakers against schools teaching about systemic racism," CNN reported. "After hours of debate and public comment Thursday, the Florida State Board of Education unanimously approved the amendment banning critical race theory. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who appointed much of the board, spoke ahead of the meeting, saying critical race theory would teach children 'the country is rotten and that our institutions are illegitimate.'"
Keith Schnakenberg, an assistant professor of political science at Washington University in St. Louis, posted one key part of the new rule.
The rule says teachers "may not define American history as something other than the creation of a new nation based largely on universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence."
Well-known historian Kevin Kruse blasted the language.
"Teachers 'may not define American history as something other than the creation of a new nation based largely on universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence' is nine kinds of nonsense, starting with the fact that the Declaration, uh, didn't create a new nation," Kruse reminded.
The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. America was not created until the Constitution was ratified by nine of the original thirteen states on June 21, 1788.
"Let's ignore that howler from these legislators who *really* know their facts. We're forbidden from defining American history as anything other than the *creation* of the new nation?" Kruse asked. "You're not allowed to teach anything besides the founding? There's a lot more, you know!"
"But let's back up a sec," he continued. "You're not allowed to suppress or distort the atrocities of the Holocaust, but if there's something akin to that in American history -- HYPOTHETICALLY SPEAKING, OF COURSE -- you *have* to suppress and distort that? Because of reasons?"
"This is all so incredibly depressing and stupid, largely because the people trying to dictate and control the teaching of America history apparently never took a single damn class in the subject themselves," he noted.
Let's ignore that howler from these legislators who *really* know their facts. We're forbidden from defining Ameri… https://t.co/fjhf9mJIYR— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse) 1623529722.0
Read that whole thread. This is all so incredibly depressing and stupid, largely because the people trying to dict… https://t.co/0aDSgib51f— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse) 1623529925.0
Read Schnakenberg's full thread:
Iowa’s bill. Largely similar to Idaho except also prohibits teaching that the USA or the state of Iowa are systemic… https://t.co/8vbptVRCH0— Keith Schnakenberg (@Keith Schnakenberg) 1623528705.0
By Steve Holland
CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden will hold a solo news conference after meeting his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin next week, denying the former KGB spy an elevated international platform to castigate the West and sow discord.
Putin's bravura performance at a 2018 news conference with Donald Trump led to shock when the then U.S. president cast doubt on the findings of his own intelligence agencies and flattered the Russian leader.
Talking about the summit alone will also spare Biden, 78, from open jousting with Putin, 68, before the world's media after what is certain to be a combative encounter.
"We expect this meeting to be candid and straightforward," a White House official said.
"A solo press conference is the appropriate format to clearly communicate with the free press the topics that were raised in the meeting — both in terms of areas where we may agree and in areas where we have significant concerns."
Biden will meet Putin on June 16 in Geneva for a summit that will cover strategic nuclear stability and the deteriorating relationship between the Kremlin and the West.
Putin, who has served as Russia's paramount leader since Boris Yeltsin resigned on the last day of 1999, said ahead of the meeting that relations with the United States were at their lowest point in years.
Asked about Biden calling him a killer in an interview in March, Putin said he had heard dozens of such accusations.
"This is not something I worry about in the least," Putin said, according to an NBC translation of excerpts of an interview broadcast on Friday.
The White House has said Biden will bring up ransomware attacks emanating from Russia, Moscow's aggression against Ukraine, the jailing of dissidents and other issues that have irritated the relationship.
Biden has said that the United States is not seeking a conflict with Russia, but that Washington will respond in a robust way if Moscow engages in harmful activities.
Russia says the West is gripped by anti-Russian hysteria and that it will defend its interests in any way it see fit.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is hosting G7 leaders including Biden at a summit in southwestern England, told CNN that Biden would be giving Putin some "pretty tough messages, and that's something I'd only approve of".
(Reporting by Steve HollandWriting by Guy Faulconbridge and Michael HoldenEditing by Frances Kerry)
U.S. up to 276 mass shootings in 2021 after violence in Austin, Savannah, Dallas and Chicago: report
America's epidemic of gun violence continues to soar in 2021.
"As the nation marks the fifth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, it has a staggering and grim new statistic to contend with for 2021," CNN reported Saturday. "So far this year, we have suffered 267 mass shootings. That's the new tally after four incidents occurred across the country between Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning, according to the Gun Violence Archive."
"Gunmen killed at least two people and injured at least 34 more in Austin, Texas; Dallas; Savannah, Georgia; and Chicago," CNN explained. "Today, as four more cities struggle in the wake of large-scale gun violence, Orlando still feels the club's absence, which is particularly painful for LGBTQ residents and LGBTQ people of color."
The network broke down four recent incidents.
"At least 13 people were injured early Saturday morning in a shooting in downtown Austin, Texas, officials said.Two were in critical condition, Austin Interim Chief of Police Joseph Chacon said at a news briefing Saturday," CNN reported. "A shooting in Savannah, Georgia, on Friday killed one person and injured at least eight others, including a 2-year-old and a 13-year-old, police said."
"Dallas police are investigating a shooting that injured five people Friday, including a 4-year-old girl," CNN reported. "The four adult victims, all women, were taken to local hospitals and had injuries that were not life-threatening, police said."
"Police were looking for two gunmen in a shooting in Chicago early Saturday that sent 10 people to the hospital, where one woman died," CNN reported.
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