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Any discussion of Florida's effort to replace the original AP standards for African American history with the state's own version should directly compare and contrast the two.

Here's the AP:

Here's Florida:……
One thing is readily apparent from even a quick comparison between the two standards -- the claims that Florida's standards are "robust" quickly fall apart when you line them up next to the much more substantial program the AP has put together with specific sources and plans.
A lot of attention has been given to the slavery section -- which in Florida is strongly focused on discussing abolitionism while the AP standards are much more direct on the lived experiences for the enslaved -- but for me the 20th century material is more of an issue.
As I noted here, some of the modern material is fine, but there's a definite political bias at work in Florida.

While the AP standards address the breadth of AfAm political life -- probing anticolonialism, cultural nationalism and Black Power in appropriate depth -- the Florida ones seem intent on shifting attention to Republican politicians and conservative intellectuals.
I note a few instances in my newsletter, but here's another example:

Malcolm X is mentioned once in the Florida standards.

But Republican Senator Everett Dirksen is name checked twice.

Again, this is a course on African American History.
The political bias is really clear here, which is why it's not surprising that only two members of the standards committee -- neither historians, both partisan activists in Republican circles -- have come forward to defend them.…
So yes, let's all read the Florida standards in full, but let's also read the original AP standards they objected to and ask why they made the changes they did?

One set of standards is pushing a political agenda here, but it's not the AP.

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Again, this whole thread is just amazing.

Among those who “alleged” Nixon sought to woo southern racists were Republican strategists like Kevin Phillips and Lee Atwater, and RNC Chairmen like Ken Mehlman and Michael Steele who apologized for it.
Here’s Kevin Phillips in 1970 talking on the record to the NYT about how Republicans would win over the “Negrophobe” southern whites who voted for Wallace in 1968. (They did!)
Here’s Lee Atwater — again, on the record, in his own words — noting that the Nixon southern strategy was based on coded racism.
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This whole thread shows how people who don't understand this history can get things wildly wrong.

The Democratic senators he references here were all longtime conservative segregationists. Their elections *confirm* the charges against Nixon instead of refute them.

Let's look:
Arkansas Democrat John McClellan: signer of the Southern Manifesto who attacked Eisenhower for sending troops to Little Rock and called the Civil Rights Act of 1964 the "Discrimination Act of 1964."

In 1972, the American Conservative Union gave him an 80% conservative rating.
Mississippi Democrat James Eastland: one of *the* most prominent segregationists in the Senate, the powerful Judiciary Committee chairman said he had a special coat with pockets to bury civil rights bills.

1972 ACU rating: 67% (due to missed votes)
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