MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan Pushes Lie That Florida is Banning Teaching Slavery and ‘Whitewashing History’

MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan hosted an ‘expert’ panel last weekend, pushing the same tired lie that Florida is trying to prohibit students from learning about slavery. “Under DeSantis, Florida has gone from ‘don’t say gay’ to ‘don’t say black,’” Hasan whinged in his opening monologue.

The segment revolved around Florida’s decision to block an AP African American studies course from its schools due to a violation of the state’s “Stop WOKE” law. Notable units of the course curriculum included Black Queer Studies, Intersectionality and Activism, Black Feminist Literary Thought, and The Reparations Movement. It also contains teachings about Black Lives Matter and the writings of avowed communist Angela Davis. Florida said it would reconsider the course if it were revised to exclude its teachings on Critical Race Theory.

Hasan opened his show with a brief speech accusing DeSantis of being a confederate sympathizer and trying to “whitewash history.”

One of the panelists, Dr. Khalil Muhammad of the Harvard Kennedy School, said that Critical Race Theory should be taught in high school classrooms.

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The other panelist, UCLA’s Kimberlé Crenshaw, agreed,

“One of the consequences of the root liberal response to DeSantis – and let’s be honest, he’s been at this for more than two years. The attack on critical race theory, now the attack on intersectionality – ‘we don’t teach that.’ As if that’s a bad thing.”

The panel seemed to agree that it was their duty to preserve Critical Race Theory in classrooms, no longer hiding what they felt. Crenshaw continued,

“Let’s be clear that what they are after is anything that tells a story of racism in America. Anything that tells the story of the structural inequality… is what they don’t want people to learn about… The entire point is to deny from black children the ability to look at the history of this country and their role in it to understand the inequalities we face.”

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Crenshaw’s position is that unless Florida teaches queer and Marxist theory, children won’t be exposed to America’s “real” history. Hasan emphatically agreed and then made a mental leap connecting the interview to the murder of Tyre Nichols by five black officers,

“The idea that black cops can’t be racist to other black people on the street, in schools, at traffic stops, that must come as a huge surprise for millions of live people in this country that have had to deal with black cops. The idea that black and brown people cannot internalize white supremacist tropes, narratives, ways of seeing the world. It’s something that I, as a brown man I’m telling you is just patently untrue.”

Hasan’s point has been echoed by a number of Democratic figures recently, including Florida congressman Maxwell Frost, who wrote that the black-on-black murder was the “result of white supremacy.”

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Governor DeSantis and the Florida Board of Education have stood by their decision to block the College Board course. Speaking to the press, DeSantis said, “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.”

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