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AP distorts Florida anti-CRT bill to imply DeSantis wants to 'shield whites' from 'discomfort'

Added 01-19-22 01:17:02pm EST - “A spokeswoman for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) slammed the Associated Press after a report misleadingly claimed an anti-critical race theory bill is intended to "shield whites from 'discomfort.'" Leading with the headline, "Florida…” - Theblaze.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theblaze.com: “AP distorts Florida anti-CRT bill to imply DeSantis wants to 'shield whites' from 'discomfort'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A spokeswoman for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) slammed the Associated Press after a report misleadingly claimed an anti-critical race theory bill is intended to "shield whites from 'discomfort.'"

Leading with the headline, "Florida could shield whites from ‘discomfort’ of racist past," AP writer Brendan Farrington claimed that a bill supported by DeSantis "would prohibit public schools and private businesses from making white people feel 'discomfort' when they teach students or train employees about discrimination."

But the only excerpt of the bill quoted in the AP article makes no mention of people of any color. It states, "An individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, does not bear responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex. An individual should not be made to feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race.”

The bill, S.B. 148, is titled "Individual Freedom" and was introduced by Republican Sen. Manny Diaz, a Hispanic lawmaker. Diaz told the AP that his bill is intended to make sure that no group of people is singled out on the basis of their skin color and blamed for the sins of the past.

“No individual is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously, solely by the virtue of his or her race or sex,” Diaz said. “No race is inherently superior to another race.”

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