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February 7, 2023

Under pressure from rightwing white nationalist extremists to remove content from the Advanced Placement course on Black American History, and after Florida governor Ron DeSantis blocked its teaching in Florida public schools, the College Board bowed to pressure, deleting such well known and respected authors from the course as Michelle Alexander and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Also removed from the cirriculum were teachings on the Black Lives Matter movement, and writers linked to Black feminism and queer rights.

LGBT Floridians have been a particular target of DeSantis, who began targeting Disney after it voiced objections to Florida's Don't Say Gay law. In defending his ban on the Black History AP course DeSantis pointed to content in it relating to queer Americans, thereby playing a familiar right wing game of pitting one minority group against another.

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